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Understanding the situation of elderly citizens in Bhutan

This is the Socio-Economic Analysis and Research Division’s (SEARD) last issue of monograph. Titled ‘Understanding the Situation of Elderly People in Bhutan’, this monograph contains nine chapters. Using mixed method, NSB’s research staff has attempted to explore and understand various issues of population ageing in Bhutan. Our initial idea was to conduct policy specific and concise action research and publish a short report. We decided to conduct the more detailed study after we realised that not many studies on old age have been conducted in the country.

With Bhutan’s population set to the process of ageing, it is crucial that we understand the changes happening in the lives of elderly citizens so that we can better respond to and address the problems of elderly people or get prepared to face the social and economic consequences of the ageing population in future. A study of this nature is expected to provide an understanding of the predicaments that some of our elderly people face and advocate for policy responses. At the least, this study is expected to provide baseline information or groundwork for more specific and rigorous future research or provoke positive debate among public on various social issues emerging among the older populace.

We strived to produce ten issues of monographs, two issues of research digests (summary of the monograph), and other occasional thematic publications since the Socio-Economic Analysis & Research Division (SEARD) came into function in 2011. All our monographs, research digests and occasional publications contained topical issues on Bhutan, prepared by triangulating and analysing data from various sources (census, surveys and administrative data). We made efforts to use whatever data were available [to us] to convert data into evidence and information and contribute towards creating a knowledge-based society. We wanted to improve the quality or standards of our publications when data becomes available, but it is not likely to happen from now onwards.

The recent Organisational Development Exercise (ODE) dissolved the SEARD. This Division no longer exists, though Research and Statistics always go hand in hand. With the dissolution of the Division, we will not continue to produce monographs, research digests, and occasional publications. We regret to inform our readers/users that this issue will be the last one. We apologise [to everyone] for not being able to continue with our publications. We hope our previous publications were useful for our readers/users.


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