Young People Lead Research to Inform the National Youth Policy in Bhutan

Case Study Series: Experiences in Adolescent & Youth Engagement

A group of adolescents


In developing the 2011 National Youth Policy in Bhutan, consultation with young people was limited. This was recognized and addressed in 2020 as young people were provided with adequate space to raise their voice in reforming the Youth Policy. On this occasion, adolescents, and youth from across Bhutan served as leaders and participants; raising their concerns on issues that affect them and their communities and sharing ideas for positive change. Their inputs were included in the development of the National Youth Policy, which promotes meaningful participation and engagement of adolescents and youth—in their communities and on matters that affect them.

Adolescents engaged in a group discussion
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