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About UNDP in Maldives

Maldives is a strong supporter of the United Nations and UNDP. In both financial and operational terms, UNDP's country programme for Maldives is quite modest, reflecting the country's improving development status. UNDP works in close consultation with line ministries to help Maldives achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the national development priorities articulated in the 2016-2020 United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) - the framework under which the UN provides support to the people of the Maldives, and the UNDP Country Programme 2016-2020.

What do we want to accomplish?

UNDP is working with the Government of Maldives, civil society, other UN agencies, national and international partners, the private sector, and the Maldivian public to help find solutions to persistent development challenges. For almost 40 years, UNDP has been supporting the Maldivian people in areas such as the alleviation of poverty, democratic transition, environment protection, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and recovery from natural disasters. Much of this support has focused on developing the capacity of government agencies, civil society and community members to find sustainable and responsible solutions to development challenges. UNDP Maldives has done so through technical expertise, advisory support, policy advice, advocacy, knowledge sharing, and dialogue.

What are our results?

UNDP has been working in the Maldives for more than four decades and as new developments unfold, it builds on the results achieved so far. In this regard, UNDP in Maldives has maintained mutually beneficial relationships with many partners on the ground.

The Assessment of Development Results and other evaluations defined the comparative advantages of UNDP in Maldives as: (a) long-standing programmatic engagement and presence: UNDP has present in Maldives since 1978; (b) expertise, especially working on environmental issues, climate change and governance; (c) flexibility and responsiveness; and (d) being the key development partner on the ground, due to the limited number of resident development partners.

In the area of – environmental sustainability and climate change – UNDP has a strong track record in designing and implementing pilot initiatives at the atoll/island level, including in biodiversity conservation, water management, coastal adaptation, and climate data. The UNDP-supported atoll ecosystem-based conservation initiative is regarded as the first and most successful large environmental project in Maldives, receiving international recognition in 2011 as the UNESCO-declared Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve. We are also addressing development issues such as water security and climate change adaptation at the national policy level in a more catalytic and strategic manner.

Through UNDP's Integrated Governance Programme, we are reaffirming the relevance and importance of supporting increased legal awareness and strengthening decentralization frameworks and access to justice, especially for those on outlying atolls. We are also emphasizing on the added value of achieving synergies between promoting accountability of governance institutions and strengthening the capacity of civil society and media.

As gender equality and youth empowerment continue to require effective support in Maldives, UNDP is paying particular attention to strengthen capacity needs in this regard for sustained progress. 

Based on our comparative advantages, and incorporating lessons learned, the new UNDP Country Programme 2016-2020 seeks to contribute to a Maldives that is effectively governed, with wide participation of citizens who enjoy equal opportunities to realize their aspirations, and which is environmentally sustainable and resilient to the effects of climate change. 

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