Civil Society Organizations Authority 

The Civil Society Organizations Act of Bhutan was legislated on 20th June 2007 by the National Assembly of Bhutan, essentially to promote establishment and growth of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in order to strengthen civil society, promote social welfare and improve the conditions and quality of life in Bhutan. Under the directives received from the government, the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs spearheaded the formation of the CSO Authority on 20th March 2009 as an appropriate regulatory agency to implement the CSO Act. Currently the CSOA have following members to constitute the board as per the Act:-

CSOA’s Board Members



Name and Position of the Board of Directors of the CSOA


With effect from

Mode of Appointment



Mr. Sonam Dorji
Executive Director of ABTO

3 years

9th November 2017

Elected from the registered CSOs


Mr. Yonten Namgyel
Director of Dept. of Revenue & Custom

3 years

15th December 2015

Appointed by Ministry of Finance



Mr. Namgay Dorji
Senior Attorney

3 years

3rd November


Recommended by the Attorney General


Siok Sian Pek Dorji
Executive Professional Director

3 years

27th February 2015

Elected from the registered CSOs


Mandates of the CSOA

The CSO Authority is responsible to carry out the following function:

  1. Facilitate communication between Civil Society Organizations and the Government, particularly in advising the Government about the general activities and roles of CSOs;

  2. Encourage and facilitate the CSOs to inform, promote, connect and strengthen individual Civil Society Organizations;

  3. Review and approve all applications for registration of CSOs which satisfy the requirements of this Act,

  4. Approve the accreditation of foreign CSOs within the provisions of the laws of Bhutan and this Act;

  5. Monitor the activities of CSOs to ensure their compliance with this Act and with their own Articles of Associations or Charters, and the purposes for which they have been established

  6. Liaise with other agencies of the Government and interested parties.

  7. Exercise other related powers and carry out responsibilities prescribed in the Civil Society Organizations Act and these regulations.