About UNDP in Maldives

 UNDP makes efforts to help the most disadvantaged, marginalised and vulnerable groups, particularly women and youth. Photo Courtesy: Munshid Mohamed 2010

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 TypeSub Total
Service Contract 16
UNDP Staff 17
Total 33

Our Consultants

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