Democracy Beyond Elections: Participatory Policy Through Design Thinking
- Sustainable Development Goal :10 - Reduced Inequality
- Gender Equality Marker :Gender Transformative (GE3)
- Testing Country :Bhutan
- Testing Period :12 months
- Amount :$147,004
This innovative solution will use a Design Thinking methodology to engage and encourage collaboration among groups of marginalized women, vulnerable youth and People with Disabilities (PWD) and policymakers to identify social protection issues and resultantly develop practical policy solutions to positively impacting the Bhutanese people. This approach to the policy process is unique within the Bhutanese context, where historically, policy design has very much been a top-down, government, expert-driven and isolated approach. The proposed solution will engage women and other marginalized groups to promote a cross-sectoral collaboration allowing for an effective and inclusive impact on the policy process. This will empower women as their voices are directly incorporated into the policy process in a manner that has not occurred before. This testing project will look to achieve a more inclusive and participatory policy process that will lead to better-informed policies and programs that address real needs and issues.