Projects funded through Fleming Fund will benefit people in low- and middle-income countries, where the burden of drug resistant infection is greater.
Assistance in line with UK objectives on Chevening Scholarships in Bhutan which enables students to pursue postgraduate study at UK higher education institutions, returning to contribute to the development of their home country
Understanding, Developing, and Supporting Meaningful Work for Youth with Disabilities in Bhutan: Networks, Communities, and TransitionsUK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
AIMS The core aims of this research are to better understand... 1. The challenging and enabling factors that impact access to SCICS (Skills, reliable social Contacts, Information about the economic market, Capital, and Self-esteem/efficacy) and school transition, to promote positive social and economic outcomes for youth with disabilities in Bhutan. 2. The experiences, attitudes, and preparedness of youth with disabilities in Bhutan, as well as employers, in terms of education, inclusive employment, and transition from school to post-school. 3. The ways that skill and employment interventions - employment assessment toolkit, work skills and entrepreneurial workshops, dedicated coordinators, and microfinance - for youth with disabilities can be made more effective considering local social, cultural, and political contexts both in Bhutan, and in application to other global contexts. 4.How the ideals and principles of inclusive training and skills development, person-centred planning, and service practices can potentially contribute in the realisation of inclusive employment, and Bhutan's aspiration of achieving GNH, through strategic interventions and inter-governmental cooperation for meaningful employment of youth with disabilities. OBJECTIVES In order to achieve these aims, our specific objectives are to... 1. Complete a methodologically innovative comprehensive situational analysis, participatory evaluation, mapping, and micro-narrative network survey to identify the current situation of access and participation to skills development, school transition, vocational training, and meaningful work for youth with disabilities in Bhutan. 2. Provide a means for youth with disabilities, families, communities, and employers in Bhutan to voice their experiences related to SCICS. 3. Identify and target the factors within the interconnected relationship of policy, economy, and social institutions in Bhutan that support access to training and meaningful employment for youth with disabilities. 4. Localise and implement an employment assessment toolkit to provide an evaluative framework for the following interventions: a) Offer a series of self-employment, entrepreneurial, vocational skills, and inclusive employment workshops for youth with disabilities, facilitators/coordinators, and employers in Bhutan. b) Pilot the creation of the professional roles of Inclusive Employment Coordinator, Inclusive Entrepreneurship Coordinator, and School Transition Coordinator as new positions in Bhutan, with evaluation on sustainability and scalability. c) Introduce a pilot microfinance scheme specifically for youth with disabilities in Bhutan. 5. Evaluate which current and introduced interventions to support employment for youth with disabilities in Bhutan are culturally appropriate and relevant; can be implemented with high fidelity and successfully sustained, scaled, and most cost-effective for the greatest social and economic impact; and which interventions can be generalized for use in other low and middle-income countries. 6. Develop resources and guidance to support the development and high-fidelity implementation of similar access and participation to SCICS for youth with disabilities in low and middle-income countries.
The LDN Fund invests in projects which reduce or reverse land degradation and thereby contribute to ‘Land Degradation Neutrality’. The LDN Fund is co-promoted by the Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Mirova. It is a public-private partnership using public money to increase private sector investment in sustainable development. The fund invests in sustainable agriculture, forestry and other land uses globally. The Fund was launched at the UNCCD’s COP 13 in China in 2017.
Overall: - To work creatively with a range of local stakeholders in Bhutan (Low Income Country) to strengthen narratives of 'biodemocracy' in order to more effectively address development challenges in Bhutan. - To adopt a wide range of approaches to engagement, capacity-building and knowledge exchange relevant to different stakeholder groups, including planners' reflection workshops, public conferences, a creative conversations idealab, a festival of value/s and a concluding conference in the UK. - To contribute to SDG 12 (Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production) by bringing together key actors from policy-making bodies, civil society organisations, arts, entrepreneurs, media, education to analyse the life-cycle of decision-making in the planning process in light of the Bhutanese development paradigm of Gross National Happiness. - To ensure that all activities engage with and respect diverse identities in terms of gender, age, region, expertise. Specifically: - To generate knowledge resources within the broader policy-making environment in the LIC country Bhutan with a special focus on Sustainable Development Goal 12 (SDG12: Responsible Consumption and Production); this being an underrepresented LIC country and a crosscutting SDG with significant contemporary relevance. - To link the background ecological and political dimensions of Bhutanese policy-making through the concept of 'biodemocracy' which can encompass the uniquely Bhutanese development philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH), which prioritises a holistic and socio-cultural-ecosystem embedded well-being over GDP growth, and the non-traditional transition to democracy, which happened at the time when a referendum on the desirability of such a transition would have failed. - To innovatively approach the developmental challenges in Bhutan through locating the role of narratives in developmental planning, policy-making process, and people's perceptions. - To create an understanding of how the different narratives of a diverse range of people - ranging from developmental planners, civil society actors, youth entrepreneurs, people of different identities in indigenous creative sectors - intersect or diverge on their experience of the Bhutanese developmental trajectory, in order to develop an account of the interrelationships between institutions and processes needed for sustainable development trajectories. - To include multiple stakeholders, adopt an eclectic approach, and use a range of methods for the networking activities over the period of the project. All four strands of the project will be held in LIC Bhutan - an annual planners' reflection workshop, an annual public engagement conference, a creative conversation idealab, a festival of value/s. Further, to ensure equitable collaboration, a capacity-building knowledge exchange visit and a concluding conference in the UK will enable an overall bringing together of the knowledge networks, amplifying the outputs and creating a legacy for future work. - To develop a vibrant creative conversation in a small LIC like Bhutan about the role of arts and communication platforms in amplifying context-appropriate developmental narratives and to build the work by a partnership between Britain and Bhutan to further investigate the wider relevance of such biodemocratic formulations, which are simultaneously focused on the political and ecological, for other small countries. - To ensure that the project is a genuine partnership of equals with appropriate knowledge and skills exchange, and that it addresses issues of gender equalities, diversity and inclusion in development throughout each of its strands and all of its knowledge networking activities.