Projects

OFEP: Organic Farmers Exchange Programme

Following our philosophy that exchange should also take place at the grassroots level,OFEP targets young, preferably female farmers who dedicate their lives to organic farming and village life. We want to facilitate quality exchangeby offering Bhutanese farmers the chance to experience and get to know organic farming in Austria. Vice versa Austrian organic farmers will visit their Bhutanese colleagues in order to understand the particular context and challenges faced in the small Himalayan kingdom. Start: 2013 Long-term. Project Code: OFEP001 (Read More)


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GoVocational!

The focus on higher education in Bhutan has led to disregard the importance of vocational training and professions for a vibrant economy and functioning society. Youth are looking for so called “white-collar-jobs” instead of pursuing a career in a vocational profession. Indeed manual labour is mostly not much valued and stigmatized as low level. Additionally there exists no long standing tradition in quality training or advocacy for vocational professions. The objectives of Go Vocational! are to strengthen and enhance vocational training and professions in Bhutan ultimately leading to the creation of new career opportunities and the appreciation of vocational training and professions at large. This will also stimulate the private sector and reduce the youth unemployment, a current issue in the kingdom. Start: Project Code: GVO004 (Read More)


The wandering and storytelling musicians – Promoting intangible culture for Gross National Happiness (GNH) in Bhutan!

Community Vitality and Psychological Well-Being are two of the nine domains of the Gross National Happiness strategy in Bhutan to measure happiness and well-being of a people. Sociality and conviviality are core-ingredients for thriving community vitality in Bhutan that find their expression during festivals and social gatherings.The context for sociality in its many forms is hospitality. Music as a medium of conveying messages and sentiments within hosting events has a long tradition in Bhutan. Sharing food and drinks, dancing and singing together are essential activities in nurturing social relations in rural areas. The musicians Jigme Drukpa (Bhutan) and Paul Cowlan (U.K./Germany) are embarking on a one month tour to promote music and traditional hospitality set within the vanishing gnaspo network in Bhutan. Start: 01/09/2014 End: 28/09/2014 Project Code: MU002 (Read More)


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Volley for Health

In modern Bhutan, urbanisation and associated changes in lifestyle and dietary habits have led to a rise of so called “diseases of civilization”. Diabetes is but one of them and can be observed among all age groups. Rural exodus and youth unemployment have furthermore led to the rise of social issues in the capital Thimphu and district towns. Volley for Health promotes Gross National Happiness (GNH) in Bhutan by developing volleyball programs particularly for kids, youth and women. Volleyball is a non-contact team sport and can be played by all age groups and both men and women alike. Bhutanese culture also nurtures a strong sense of community. Volleyball is therefore very suitable to be promoted as a meaningful leisure activity and school sport in order to increase the well-being of Bhutanese society as a whole. Start: 2014 End: 2015. Project Code: VFH001 (Read More)