One of the most important goals of the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative is for the region to become self-reliant, so that it no longer requires external funding or financial help either from donor agencies or from government especially when it comes to core fund. The intention of the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative is to rely on local community resources, skills, ingenuity, and mutual support to survive and prosper. With the aspiration to become self-sustaining, SJI has started its However, in order to launch the project, we have to seek seed financing. Our intention is to reduce such dependence on external funding and rapidly to nurture a genuinely self-reliant and self-supporting Samdrup Jongkhar community that will no longer need to request external financial help.
SJI’s core fund was funded by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) and Maitri until until 2016. and now it is being contributed by our members. Currently, projects are funded by:
- Zero Waste – The Bhutan Trust Fund for Environment Conservation(BTFEC),
- Organic Agriculture – GEF – SGP, Bhutan Foundation and ARDC- Wengkhar through CARLEP
- Lhomon Education – Alerce Trust
- Youth Engagement: Bhutan Center for Media and Democracy (BCMD)
- Menchari Pilot Village – Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC-REAP), BNB, DGPC, BPC, Gewog and TomKat Foundation