National Planning Commission (GNHC), Bhutan June 1, 2012 – August 10, 2012
James worked this summer as a short-term consultant for the National Planning Commission (GNHC) of the Royal Government of Bhutan. The GNHC is the central coordinating body of the government that engages in mid to long-term planning. It also controls budget allocations and approves priorities for all ministries and agencies in the government. James focused on the political empowerment of women in rural communities, concentrating on building the capacity and deliberative processes of local governance institutions. Bhutan is in the very early stages of democracy and the way in which it forms its initial institutions during these years will have lasting implications for the popularity of democracy long into the future. If women are not fairly included in the political process at this early stage of development, then the job will only be more difficult in the future.