Good Governance

Good Governance is a considered a pillar for happiness because it determines the conditions in which Bhutanese thrive.While policies and programs that are developed in Bhutan are generally inline with the values of GNH, there is also a number of tools and processes employed to ensure the values are indeed embedded in social policy.

  • GNH is written into the constitution of Bhutan.
    The Constitution of Bhutan (2008, Article 9) directs the State “to promote those conditions that will enable the pursuit of Gross National Happiness.”
  • The GNH Commission overseas policy development and programmes.
    Initially established in 1971, a commission oversees the planning and policy development to ensure GNH values are instilled in policy development.Stay tuned for more information on the policy screening tool used by the GNH Commission.
  • The pursuit of good governance was recently enhanced by changing the political system from a monarchy to a parliamentary democracy. With a democratic Government established in Bhutan, greater efficiency, transparency and accountability are expected to improve overall governance and that of GNH. Bhutan has a history of governing for the people…Although GNH was not expressed explicitly then, the provision of free health and education services, development of basic infrastructure, supply of clean drinking water, allotment of free timber to build houses, granting land and other kidu have been Governance decisions aimed towards reducing misery and enhancing the welfare of the citizens.