National and Local Level Institutional Capacities Strengthened to Ensure Transparency and Accountability and for Supporting Democratic Consolidation and Processes


UNDP has been working with partners to consolidate the foundations for democracy in the Maldives. Photo: UNDP Maldives 2013.

The focus will be on strengthening the interface between and among three key groups; public service providers; their ‘clients’, individual citizens; and oversight bodies which are the foundation for strong resilient institutions that enjoy public confidence and contribute to democratic consolidation.

This result area will ensure:

  • Improved institutional and human resources capacity of the Election Commission in election management
  • Capacities of Parliament Members are strengthened to perform the legislative, oversight and representational functions and capacities of the Parliament Secretariat are strengthened to accelerate key functions of the Majlis
  • Systems, procedures and capacities are built and strengthened for improved responsiveness to public demand at local levels
  • A professional public administration is in place which is able to manage change and contribute to democratic consolidation
  • A multi-sector, high level policy platform is created for increased capacity for conducting research, analyzing and utilizing information for informed debate and public policy making

Our Work

At a public lecture on the elections, hosted by UNDP. Photo: UNDP Maldives 2013.


  • UNDP together with the Local Government Authority and the Ministry of Finance and Treasury developed a fiscal formula for the national budget to determine block grant transfers to local councils, which will contribute to a more transparent and equitable process of fiscal resource allocation. Agreement was reached among the stakeholders on the parameters to be used for the fiscal formula during a roundtable conference which was organized by the LGA with the support of UNDP Maldives. The conference was attended by 42 policy makers and Ministers, including the Vice President of the Maldives. The fiscal formula is to be approved by the Cabinet and is intended to be used in drafting the 2014 budget.

  • UNDP supported the Local Government Authority in facilitating a forum on local governance which for the first time brought together line ministries, independent institutions,  NGOs and local councilors for a half day discussion on participatory development and community mobilization. The forum focused on local governance and community mobilization with emphasis on participation, inclusion, accountability and effective coordination. The panel of experts and resource people included specialists on local governance, lawyers and NGO representatives.

  • Experiences on strengthening the decentralization process and ways to increase the operational effectiveness of councils were discussed during the very first Atoll Councillors Forum which was attended by atoll councillors and fifty nine staff from local council secretariats.


  • In order to build capacity of the Elections Commission members on the issue of electoral administration and funding, two members of the Commission participated in the joint EC-UNDP Thematic Workshop on Sustainability in Electoral Administration held in Maputo.

  • To enhance the knowledge and elections organising skills among the polling officials, UNDP assisted Elections Commission to develop training module for training of polling officials for the upcoming presidential election. This will lead to enhanced knowledge and skill among the polling officials. Building on this initiative and in order to contribute to the long term objective of developing a BRIDGE accredited training curriculum, a strategic action plan for the Elections Commission was also developed which will serve as a guide for the development of the training program.

  • With support from the IGP, voter education activities have been rolled out in the lead up to the Presidential Election in September 2013. Video and audio spots developed in partnership with Elections Commission have begun airing on local media and more materials are being developed.
  • As part of UNDP support towards strengthening institutional and human resource capacity of national institutions , UNDP provided technical and capacity building support to strengthen the Commission’s voter education unit by developing and rolling out a voter education campaign titled ‘Faahaga’  and training of trainers for polling officials for the local council and parliamentary elections

  • One day orientation training was held for the 18th Majlis Members of Parliament. The workshop aimed to increase knowledge and understanding of MPs on democratic principles and parliamentary practices including international best practices.

  • UNDP supported LGA to conduct training for atoll councilors on Monitoring and Evaluation. The objective of the workshop was to build capacity of the local councilors so that councilors are able to perform their responsibilities more effectively.

  • As part of UNDP work towards strengthening public administration, UNDP supported the Civil Service Commission in building capacity of the Civil Service Training Institute (CSTI) staff in the area of curriculum and module development.
  • UNDP supported the Election Commission in developing its Strategic Plan 2016-2020 as part of its ongoing work towards strengthening national institutions. In an effort towards increasing public awareness on democracy, democratic principles and election, UNDP supported the development of a civic education curriculum which will rolled out by EC later in the year.

  • The first local councilor’s forum was organized in collaborating with LGA. The objective was to discuss the current challenges and identifies ways to strengthen the local governance framework in the country. Participants included local councilors and line ministry representative. Discussions were held on the current fiscal formula, budget allocation and mandate of local councilors. The conference concluded with the councilors presenting their recommendations and requests to the Vice President of the Maldives. 

  • UNDP supported the Civil Service Commission to develop, pilot and finalize a management audit framework for the country. The audits will support in strengthening line ministry capacities to perform their roles and responsibilities more effectively. Additional support includes conducting workshops on strategic foresight and planning( in collaboration with the Global Center of Excellence in Singapore) prior to the development of CSC Strategic Plan 2016-2020


YEAR 2013
TOTAL US$ 242,256

UK Foreign Office                                  US$ 209,608
Government of Korea                                  US$ 97,000
Government of Australia  US$ 77,887
USAID US$ 76,500
UNDP TRAC US$ 99,060
BCPR US$ 16,850
YEAR 2014 (Full Programme)
Government of Australia

US$ 500,000.00

US Department of State

US$ 113,500.00


US$ 125,000.00


US$ 365,100.00


US$ 37,200.00


US$ 400,000.00

YEAR 2015 (Full Programme)

Government of Australia

US$ 510,276.00


US$ 157,000.00


US$ 21,907.00


US$ 270,000.00


YEAR 2013
TOTAL DELIVERY US$ 498,551 (86.42%)
UK Foreign Office US$ 208,181 (99.3%)
Government of Korea US$ 40,377 (41.63%)
Government of Australia US$ 77,253 (99.19%)
USAID US$ 64,845 (84.76%)
UNDP TRAC US$ 93,154 (94.04%)
BCPR US$ 14,741 (87.48%)
YEAR 2014 (Full Programme)

Government of Australia

US$ 428,543.00 (85.70%)

US Department of State

US$ 97,204.00 (85.64%)


US$ 103,093.00 (82.4%)


US$ 207,681.00 (56.88%)


US$ 12,652.00 (34.0%)


US$ 353,838.00 (88.45%)

Project start date:
August 2012
Estimated end date:
December 2015
Geographic coverage:
Focus area:
Capacity development of democratic institutions
Focal Point:
Aishath Rizna, ARR Democratic Governance
Elections Commission, People’s Majlis, Local Government Authority, Civil Service Commission and the Governance Reform Unit of the President’s Office
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