There are now 29 registered civil society organisations in Bhutan and numerous others in the community. How effective have the CSOs been? While we been complementing the work of the government so far, how else may CSOs serve an evolving democracy like Bhutan?
( CSO rules currently define CSOs as “service” providers in a social welfare context. The Anti-Corruption Commission of Bhutan recently described the possibility of CSOs taking on a watchdog role in society , holding government accountable. What are Bhutanese views on civil society and how may we strengthen civil society space in a new democracy?