For over 30 years, UNDP has been supporting the people of the Maldives in areas such as the
alleviation of poverty, democratic transition, environment protection, climate change mitigation
and adaptation, recovery from natural disasters, and HIV/AIDS.
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 its ambitious Millennium Development Goal targets (MDGs) as well as the national development priorities articulated in the 2011-2015 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 2011-2015.
What do we want to accomplish?
UNDP is working with the Government of Maldives, civil society, other UN agencies, national partners and the Maldivian public to help find solutions to persistent development challenges. For over 30 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, recovery from natural disasters, and combating HIV/AIDS. 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.
We engaged early in supporting democratic reform in government. This included supporting the constitutional process, and being involved early in establishing a multi-party system. We are supporting the reform of the justice system, and assisting in drafting and advocating for the passage of key legislation such as the new Penal Code and Criminal Procedures Code.
We are working with the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives, to advocate and promote human rights. We have helped set up several independent bodies under the new Constitution; including the Civil Service Commission, Judicial Service Commission, the Supreme Court, the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Maldives Broadcasting Commission.
UNDP has supported the roll out of the government’s decentralization programme, and we have also engaged with civil society by providing small grants to help civil society flourish as an important development partner.
Protection of the environment and natural resources is equally critical to sustain livelihoods and the Maldivian economy. So UNDP is working to implement sound environment and energy policies to mitigate impacts of climate change, and support adaptation. In so doing we are facilitating access for vulnerable communities to improve environment management measures. In 2011, the UNDP, Baa Atoll community and other partners supported the establishment of the Baa Atoll as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Following the creation of the reserve, a Baa Atoll Conservation Fund was established. The government and the private sectors are active participants and contributors to this Fund. By partnering with the Global Environment Facility and the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Small Grants Programmes, we have initiated small grants projects in several communities to increase environmental awareness and tackle climate change. We have done so by adopting renewable energy sources, introducing proper waste management mechanisms, promoting conservation of endangered species, and restoring sensitive habitats like mangroves and coral reefs.
UNDP is also working to overcome economic and social vulnerabilities in island communities, by providing self –employment training and creating job opportunities.
UNDP also supports reforms in several sectors that help promote trade, provide debt relief, and encourage investments that support ((an inclusive growth approach.)) We facilitate business partnerships between MSMEs and the private sector, by helping form and strengthen cooperatives for community NGOs, and by organizing forums to promote and strengthen partnerships on Corporate Social Responsibility and environmental sustainability.
Our efforts have resulted in the passage of the SME Bill, ratified as an Act in April 2013. Through our farming project we are supporting setting standards and ensuring quality control of agriculture products. We have also assisted in the commercialization of poultry and chilli sauce production and a new farming technique called autopot.
In the tourism sector, UNDP has assisted in: formulating an Employment Standard, developing a Strategic Human Resource Plan, and helped in developing a National Employment Action Plan. It has also supported the Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators to come up with industry standards to enhance services provided by local tour operators and travel agents.
Who are the decision makers?
The Resident Coordinator, who heads the UN system, is the designated representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the coordination of development operations at the country level. Ms. Shoko Noda, who assumed office in October 2014, is the Resident Coordinator. In the Maldives, as in most countries, the Resident Coordinator is also the UNDP Resident Representative who is responsible for coordinating programmes and operations. Through such coordination, UNDP seeks to ensure the most effective use of UN and international aid resources. UNDP Maldives is comprised of units responsible for programmes (Environment and Energy, Governance, and Policy and Inclusive Growth), and programme management support and operations;- covering human resource, finance, procurement, IT, asset maintenance and other important aspects of the office’s day-to-day work.
UNDP Maldives works in partnership with the Government of Maldives and associated line ministries. As the government coordinating agency, the Ministry of Finance and Treasury guides the implementation of the programme and coordinates the cross-sectoral linkages, to support national ownership and accountability.
Within the framework of the UNDP Country Programme Document 2011-2015, UNDP together with the government of the Maldives prepare a number of programmes and projects that support development interventions. These interventions are regularly assessed for improvement and adjustment to ensure alignment with the changing national priorities and UNDP's Global Strategic Plan.
UNDP maintains strong partnerships with;
- The Government of Maldives
- Civil Society, Non-Governmental Organisations and Community-based Organisations
- Bilateral and Multi-lateral Partners
- Private Sector and,
- The UN Country Team
How many are we?
Current Staff Count for Maldives
|Contract Type||Sub Total|
|Consultant Number||Job Title||Project Title||Amount of contract (USD)/contract duration|
|Consultant 1||Consultancy Services for Establishment of Land Information System||Building Capacity and Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management in the Malidves Project
||US$ 43,936.00/ 2 July 12 - 31 Dec 12|
|Consultant 2||Lecturer – Faculty of Shari'ah & Law/Maldives National University||Access to Justice Project||US$ 65,307.00/ 8 July 12 - 7 Nov 12|
|Consultant 3||International Formulation of Employment Standards for the Tourism Sector||Employment and Enterprise Development for Women and Youth||US$ 35,000.00/ 26 Aug 12 - 25 Oct 12|
|Consultant 4||Consultant to Develop Standardized quality control procedure and a local certification system for agriculture value addition activities||Support to Integrated Farming
||US$ 45,887.00/ 15 Oct 12 - 15 Feb 13|
- UNDAF Action Plan Maldives 2011-2015
- Country Programme Document Maldives 2011-2015
- Maldives Proposal for Global Climate Fund supported by UNDP: ‘Supporting vulnerable communities in Maldives to manage climate change-induced water shortages’
- Maldives Environment and Social Management Plan (ESMP)
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For over 30 years, UNDP has been supporting the people of the Maldives in areas such as the
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Organogram UNDP Maldives - August 2013
Senior ManagementUNDP Maldives Resident Representative
Ms. Shoko Noda
- MEET THE TEAM TUESDAY “I am inspired by the work done by communities” AHMED HAMDHAN Project Coordinator, Rule of Law and Access to Justice - Integrated Governance Programme I have always been passionate about development work, despite my skepticism for certain approaches by international organizations in developing countries. It was only natural therefore that when I joined UNDP nine months ago, I did so being cynical of the role of UNDP and the impact of its programmes in the Maldives. However, as I leave UNDP at the end of this month, I am more than ever convinced of the crucial role that UNDP plays in making a difference in people’s lives. I am especially encouraged by the work the agency does in seeking localized solutions to development issues through new and innovative approaches. Governance is and have always been my passion, and my main area of work. Since joining UNDP, I have also developed a new found interest in the environment. I was inspired by the work done by the local community of Noonu Kudafari, especially their work on waste management. I am from the island of Kendhoo in Baa Atoll, and as in other islands of the Maldives, waste management has always been a major issue in my local community. Kendhoo already had a composting facility which remained unused, and the Council was very positive about starting composting waste on the island. I came to know that they just needed the technical know-how and the motivation to initiate this work. So myself and my colleague Adam Abdulla who works in UNDP’s Environment Unit, travelled to Kendhoo one weekend, and were able to help the Council start composting work. Since then, we have traveled several times to monitor the progress of the composting facility on my island. There’s still more work to be done, and I look forward to continuing the work we have started in this area. We did this not as part of our official duties, but because we found a shared passion in helping to bring about positive changes within our communities, and I can honestly say that this is true for all the staff working at UNDP Maldives. My regular job is as a Project Coordinator for the Integrated Governance Programme of UNDP Maldives, and I am responsible for the design and implementation of activities related to enhancing access to justice and protection of human rights in the Maldives. Before joining UNDP, I worked at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), focused on electoral reforms in the Maldives. Yesterday AT 07:11 AM
- We are helping Maldivian communities establish good waste management practices in the islands. Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development - LECRD Project. L.Maamendhoo Council Monday AT 09:56 AM
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