By Amy KooleyThe Big PictureWith the first ever international study of the Bhutanese people, the research is being conducted by the US government under a $50 million grant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
The study is aimed at helping the Bhuddist-majority country better understand the lives of its people, and hopes to make a positive impact on the lives and welfare of its citizens, according to USAID spokesperson Lauren Schlosser.
The study will take place at the Indian Institute of Management in New Delhi, with the final trip scheduled to be in September 2019.
The project is expected to be completed in 2019.
The Bhuddists, who are mostly of Buddhist lineage, are the country’s largest ethnic minority.
They have a high percentage of illiterate people and live on a small, mostly mountainous landscape.
India has been a key research partner in the US-led Indo-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) initiative, which aims to forge economic ties between the two countries, and is a key contributor to US foreign policy.
In November, the US State Department announced it was sending $500 million to Bhuddish-majority Nepal to help the country transition to a democracy, according TOI.
The US-funded study will focus on the Bhondga tribe, the largest ethnic group in the country, and its culture, language and people, as well as its governance, according Toi.
The researchers will study the tribal structure, economy, politics, governance, and socio-economic development, the study said.
The Bhondgas are the main ethnic group that makes up around 40 percent of the countrys Bhutanic population, and they make up around 60 percent of its official population.