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  • Please follow us on the SJI Facebook Page 01/09/2014

    Please follow us on the SJI Facebook Page for most recent Latest News updates!  more »

  • SJI Activity Report December 2013-July 2014 01/08/2014

    SJI Activity Report December 2013-July 2014  more »

  • SJI Activity Report December 2010-November 2013 01/12/2013

    SJI Activity Report December 2010-November 2013  more »

  • SJI Activity Report December 2012-June 2013 30/06/2013

    The SJI Activity Report December 2012-June 2013 was prepared for our main donor International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada. It is, however a comprehensive report and gives an overall picture of SJI activities carried out during the period.  more »

  • World Environment Day: Launch of Zero Waste Training Manual 05/06/2013

    The SJI Zero Waste Training Manual was launched on 5th June 2013 on World Environment Day. Approximately 50 people attended the launch including the Samdrup Jongkhar Thrompon, the Executive Secretary, Municipal Environment Officer and media. Our manual was officially released by the Samdrup Jonkghar Thrompon, and was thereafter presented and...  more »

  • Inauguration of SJI office! 05/05/2013

    On 5th May 2013 the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative office was inaugurated. The larger walk-in SJI office is located in Dewathang. Apart from providing comfortable work space for the SJI staff, the office functions as a mini-library and media-lab, and a visible community-based centre for SJI-related gatherings, discussions, learning sessions, and...  more »

  • Keynote address by SJI Executive Director at Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan 07/04/2013

    On 7th April 2013, the SJI Executive Director, Tshewang Dendup, travelled to Kanglung in the eastern district of Tashigang to deliver the keynote address at an important event in the research calendar of Bhutan. The invitation, and the event itself, highlighted the vital role of research in development, which is...  more »

  • SJI Activity Report December 2011-November 2012 31/12/2012

    The SJI Activity Report December 2011-November 2012 was prepared for our main donor International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada. It is, however a comprehensive report and gives an overall picture of SJI activities carried out during the period.  more »

  • Zero Waste letter from Wooling 12/12/2012

    Perched on a hilltop, the Wooling Gonpa is all decked up and ready for the three day annual Wooling Tshechu. The temple and its courtyard becomes a magnet attracting Woolingpas of all ages and all walks of life.  more »

  • Zero Waste Art Workshops 26/11/2012

    On the 24 September Kuensel published an article on SamdrupJongkhar Initiative's Zero Waste Art Workshops in Dewathang, which werecarried out during six occasions on a bi-weekly basis starting from July2012. The Zero Waste Art Workshops were a continuation of the Youth ArtCamp which was held in Dewathang in January 2012...  more »

  • Briefing from the Zero Waste Festival in Dewathang 26/11/2012

    The first Zero Waste Festival in Bhutan was held in Dewathang on30 September 2012. The Festival was organised by the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiativetogether with stakeholders from Dewathang community, including JigmeNamgyel Polytechnic (Royal University of Bhutan), Dewathang Primary Schooland the Samdrup Jongkhar Thromde.Approximately 400 community members attended the Festival, which startedat...  more »

  • Call for limited tender SJI Solar Dryer Project 15/10/2012

    Call for limited tender SJI Solar Dryer Project: click here  more »

  • SJI Zero Waste Festival Sunday 30/9 in Dewathang 30/09/2012

    On Sunday 30 September SJI is organising a Zero Waste Festival as part of the SJI Zero Waste Project! The event aims at highlighting the importance of Zero Waste and sustainable waste management in Dewathang and beyond, and will serve as a platform for mutual learning and exploration of creative...  more »

  • SJI Profile 03/04/2012

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  • Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche Speaking on the SamdrupJongkhar Initiative 28/11/2011

    Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, who started the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative in 2010, gave two seminal talks on the SJI at his Chokyi Gyatso Institute in Dewathang, Samdrup Jongkhar on 3 and 5 November, 2011. The first was to 300 Samdrup Jongkhar farmers trained in organic methods by the Samdrup Jongkhar...  more »

  • SJI 2012 project plan, budget, and proposal 28/11/2011

    A draft Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative project plan, budget, and proposal for the 2012 calendar year, covering intended activities in organic farming, appropriate technology, zero waste, youth outreach, and other areas is now ready for review and discussion. After revisions in the coming weeks, this proposal will be soon be submitted for funding.  more »

  • New SJI Education Blog 24/10/2011

    Keep updated on SJI Education projects by subscribing to the new SJI Education Blog. We will include updates on the curriculum development project as well as relevant links and news items.  more »

  • 19 October, 2011: SJI/JNP to begin first solar drier project 24/09/2011

    The emerging Centre for Appropriate Technology at the Jigme Namgyel Polytechnic in Dewathang is starting its first project in collaboration with the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative. Faculty member Denten Zangpo, just back from 2 weeks of SJI-sponsored training at the Barli Development Institute in Madhya Pradesh, will construct a solar drier...  more »

  • Leading Educators to Meet in New York City for Druk 3020 Curriculum Workshop 20/08/2011

    On Thursday, August 25, a group of educators and curriculum developers are gathering at the Rubin Museum of Art Education Center (32 West 17th Street, New York City) to learn about the Druk 3020 Curriculum, an innovative education pilot project to be implemented in south eastern Bhutan in 2013 under...  more »

  • SJI Reading and Resource Collection 23/05/2011

    A new collection of readings and resources on the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative, including inspiring statements from Their Majesties the Fourth and Fifth Kings with relevance to SJI objectives, values, and principles. The collection also contains key materials on organic agriculture, appropriate technology, and zero waste from the December SJI Launch...  more »

  • SJI Organic Study Tour to India 10/05/2011

    Kuensel published an article on SJI's Samdrup Jongkhar farmers’ recent 3-week SJI organic study tour to India.  more »

  • Summary Overview of Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative 10/05/2011

    A one-page summary overview of the SJI and current SJI activities.  more »

  • Farmer Trainings 30/04/2011

    Three farmer trainers from the Organic Farming Association of India, who have excellent experience in forming and managing small-holding organic farming cooperatives in northern India, came to Samdrup Jongkhar to facilitate formation of farmer cooperatives from 17-28 February.  more »

  • Solar Engineers Training Report 30/04/2011

    In March, six women from remote Lauri Gewog, Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan, travelled to Barefoot College in Rajasthan, India at the invitation of Bunker Roy to be trained as solar engineers. For some it was the first time out of their village, for all it was their first journey abroad.  more »

  • Dr. Vandana Shiva’s address to the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative Launch on organic vs chemical agriculture 30/04/2011

    Read Dr. Vandana Shiva’s brilliant address to the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative Launch on organic vs chemical agriculture and her answers to farmer’s questions.  more »

  • Centre for Appropriate Technology at Jigme Namgyel Polytechnic, Dewathang 29/04/2011

    Read about the proposal for the new Centre for Appropriate Technology at Jigme Namgyel Polytechnic, Dewathang – one of the core proposed components of the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative. More  more »

  • New Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative Documents Now Available 27/04/2011

    Several new SJI documents are now available for perusal. Please click on the following links to download these documents:  more »

  • In Memorium-Jimmy McGilligan 23/04/2011

    All of us at the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative are shocked and saddened by the news that our dear friend James (Jimmy) McGilligan O.B.E. passed away on April 21, 2011 after a tragic accident that took place on April 4, 2011. Jimmy was the manager of the Barli Development Institute for Rural Women in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India--a source of research, training, development, and transfer of technology for village and tribal women in Central India.   more »

  • Job Opportunities at SJI 15/03/2011

    The Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative is seeking three highly motivated individuals to take the following leadership positions: Program Manager; Agriculture Coordinator; and Appropriate Technology Coordinator. Detailed job descriptions and application instructions are available on this site under "Get Involved", subsection: "Career Opportunities." The deadline for applications is 7 April, 2011.  more »

  • Honourable Prime Minister

    The Honourable Jigmi Y. Thinley was Chief Guest at the launch of the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative (SJI) December 18-20 in Dewathang, Samdrup Jongkhar. "I cannot express how important this initiative is for the country," said Lyonchhen. "Government alone can't make GNH happen. To put GNH into practice we need the full participation of every single Bhutanese citizen..." Please see HPM's Launch speech in the Words of Wisdom section of the website.  more »


"Bhutan is a democracy now. So far things have gone well. But we citizens now have to shoulder responsibility without someone else having to tell us. It is a matter of fulfilling our responsibilities without the prodding of a cowherd."
  --Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Read Rinpoche's Inaugural Address

The Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative gratefully acknowledges funding from our main partner International Development Research Centre (IDRC).