My Intern Days in BCMD

Posted by Tempa Wangdi, May 31st, 2019

During my internship at the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy (BCMD), I helped in the launch of a documentary on 10-years of democracy, a seminar on economy and was involved in the review of multiple short films.

I quickly learned that the BCMD’s motivated and engaged staff is really what enables the non-profit to impact Bhutanese citizens from all socio-economic backgrounds. All members of the BCMD are fully aware of the CSO’s mission, and are entirely convinced of the efficacy of such organisations.

The diversity of the audience that the BCMD is able to reach became evident to me during my first week at the documentary screening. With 300 guests attending, there was an intense mix of individuals ranging from students and MPs, to a school for the hearing impaired and an LGBTQ+ group. This not only reflected the BCMD’s inclusiveness, but proved that their efforts to promote democracy is also a priority for many different Bhutanese.

At the economic seminar, as I took notes on the discussion, the importance of the event became clear. Attendees and speakers alike were from some of Bhutan’s most vital sectors, including agriculture, tech and of course, government. The discourse on advancing Bhutan’s economy with such a multi-sector approach would never have been facilitated if it was not for The Druk Journal and the BCMD. It allowed pressing topics such as gender equality, e-banking and Priority Sector Lending to be discussed: spurring collaboration and insight.

Lastly, although sharing and discussion is imperative to democratic society, without taking action talk is meaningless. And just before I left, I saw how effective the BCMD’s actions within society truly are. I was able to be a part of both a film making workshop and the beginnings of a “Photo Camp” with National Geographic. Those attending were given the opportunity to learn skills that stimulate both self-employment and personal expression. Giving youth and working Bhutanese more modern means to get involved in the developmental process and exhibit both the glory and issues of Bhutan to a wider audience.

Overall, I believe that the internship allowed me to learn leaps and bounds about the current status of Bhutan’s democracy and interact with some of the individuals at the forefront of its development. I look forward to witnessing Bhutan’s political, social and economic frameworks grow, and to see the imperative role that Civil Society Organisations will play in this ever-evolving journey.


Paul Keen

BCMD Intern