RESULT AREA 3 - INTEGRATED GOVERNANCE PROGRAMME

Enabling Environment Created and Strengthened for Enhanced Social Cohesion Through Inclusive and Participatory Decision Making and Development

BACKGROUND


Civil society groups from across the country engaging in an evening of festivities at the NGO Forum organized by UNDP and the Government. Photo: UNDP Maldives 2012.

This result area ensures:

  • National and local capacities are developed for the peaceful management of inter-group and other tensions.
  • Capacities and mechanisms for civil society, women and youth are enhanced to participate in public life, promote human rights and contribute to social cohesion.
  • Capacity of the media to contribute to democratic discourse is enhanced.

Our Work




A community-based theater session held targeting youth groups, to promote dialogue around the elections. Photo: UNDP Maldives 2013.

2012

  • To create awareness on Rights to Information (RTI) and to facilitate sharing of experiences and international best practices, a RTI Symposium was among policy makers, public officials, civil society and media. International, regional and local experts attended as speakers and facilitated the thematic discussions. Some 40 participants from key Government ministries, independent commissions and civil society participated in the symposium.

  • In order to strengthen the knowledge base of women councillors in local governance and democracy and to facilitate linkages for experience sharing and networking, the first ever networking forum of women councillors was held. 28 women councillors participated and the forum consisted of informative sessions on leadership, gender and development and governance system (including how the three pillars of the state and the local governance system function).

  • In order to strengthen the existing national platform for NGOs to think and strategize on matters of mutual interest, a five day NGO forum was held in Raa Meedhoo, participated by 82 participants from 55 NGOs. The forum was organized by the Ministry of Home Affairs with support from UNDP.

  • In order to promote community-base, grassroots and people-led dialogues on sensitive community issues and conflicts, a five day Community Based Theatre (CBT) training was conducted by the international expert, in which 16 participants were trained in facilitating forum theatre activities and sessions. Following the training, participants conducted field activities, with the support of the expert. The CBT methodology will be used as part of a series of community level dialogue and discussion forums to enhance local capacities on managing change and conflict prevention.

  • 40 youth (20 girls and 20 boys between ages 15 to 18 years) from 18 Atolls participated in the Youth Leadership Programme 2012 organized by Democracy House in partnership with Institute of Governance and Democracy. The programme, supported by UNDP and other donors, aimed to make youth aware about cultural issues, civic education, democratic principles and functions of parliament, issues such as child protection, gender equality, conflict resolution, human rights, extremism and intolerance. A model parliament session was conducted at the end of the training, and was aired on the national TV channel.

2013

  • National level discussions and dialogues on RTI have increased through advocacy radio shows organised by NGO Transparency Maldives with support from UNDP and the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF). The radio programme covered topics such as introduction to RTI, importance of RTI for democratic countries, role of RTI for good governance, transparency and accountability and RTI as a tool for addressing corruption. The radio shows are also being uploaded as podcasts.

2014

  • Community dialogue initiatives were strengthened this year through targeted dialogue programs conducted by trained and recruited local dialogue facilitators. A pool of 11 community dialogue facilitators worked with selected target communities in developing conflict resolutions and dialogue facilitation capacities at the community level

  • To increase women’s voices, UNDP facilitated an interactive platform where 22 women leaders, and aspiring leaders had the opportunity to share their challenges, experiences and network with national and community level women political leaders. The platform provided them the opportunity to share common challenges that they face as women leaders, and learn from those who had overcome them. Following these exchanges, a Women’s Vision document that includes key priorities for women at the national, community and personal levels was developed through a nation-wide survey. The findings from the document is being and will be used to facilitate further dialogue among women’s groups and communities for developing grassroots initiatives in order to address some of the key concerns.

  • Initiated efforts towards the formation of an alumni association of the annual Youth Leadership Programme (YLP), through a YLP Alumni Forum.

  • Ratification of the Right to Information (RTI) Act in January 2014 - Lobbying and advocacy efforts by UNDP and Transparency Maldives, which included grassroots awareness raising activities as well as lobbying to parliament members and committees through high level meetings and position papers resulted in the successful ratification of the Right to Information (RTI). The RTI Act incorporates international best practices, and is considered among the best RTI legislations in the world

  • A Media Strategy contributing towards the efforts for enhancing media’s engagement in democratic discourse was initiated in this year.  This strategy aims to enhance the capacities of journalists working at the community level by creating synergies between them and the journalists who had been trained by UNDP earlier in 2014.

2015

  • A high level policy forum was held with representatives from various government agencies and CSOs to initiate discussion on Community Dialogue and Participatory Planning. The Forum reinforced the need for dialogue at the local level and the decision to pilot issue-based dialogues was validated. As a result, UNDP began issue-based dialogues in Lhaviyani Atoll this year through facilitated discussions on prominent issues and community-based theatre targeting youth issues.

  • International Women’s Day 2015 - UNDP supported the Ministry of Law and Gender to raise awareness on women’s empowerment and celebrate local accomplishment by partnering up with MoLG to mark International Women’s Day in the island of Laamu Fonadhoo.

  • Provided support to CSOs capacity building through the Medium Grants Program– UNDP awarded 3 medium grants to 3 local NGOs to implement development projects on areas such as women’s empowerment, youth leadership and community engagement.

  • Roll-out of the 2014 Media Strategy: As part of the 2014 Media Strategy, localized basic journalism training modules were developed and 20 local aspiring and practicing journalists were trained on responsible and conflict sensitive ‘do no harm’ journalism. 

Funding

YEAR 2013 
TOTAL US$ 622,767

DONOR
AMOUNT
UNDP TRAC US$ 36,375
UNDEF US$ 131,044
DGTTF US$ 153,100
BCPR US$ 4,482
Government of Australia US$ 149,566
US State Department US$ 103,386
Government of Germany US$ 27,282
EU BCPR US$ 12,542
USAID US$ 5,000
YEAR 2014 (Full Programme)
DONOR AMOUNT
Government of Australia

US$ 500,000.00

US Department of State

US$ 113,500.00

USAID

US$ 125,000.00

BCPR

US$ 365,100.00

DGTTF

US$ 37,200.00

Regular

US$ 400,000.00

YEAR 2015 (Full Programme)
DONOR AMOUNT

Government of Australia

US$ 510,276.00

BCPR

US$ 157,000.00

USAID

US$ 21,907.00

Regular

US$ 270,000.00

DONOR AMOUNT
Government of Australia

US$ 500,000.00

US Department of State

US$ 113,500.00

USAID

US$ 125,000.00

BCPR

US$ 365,100.00

DGTTF

US$ 37,200.00

Regular

US$ 400,000.00

YEAR 2015 (Full Programme)
DONOR AMOUNT

Government of Australia

US$ 510,276.00

BCPR

US$ 157,000.00

USAID

US$ 21,907.00

Regular

US$ 270,000.00

DONOR AMOUNT
Government of Australia

US$ 500,000.00

US Department of State

US$ 113,500.00

USAID

US$ 125,000.00

BCPR

US$ 365,100.00

DGTTF

US$ 37,200.00

Regular

US$ 400,000.00

YEAR 2015 (Full Programme)
DONOR AMOUNT

Government of Australia

US$ 510,276.00

BCPR

US$ 157,000.00

USAID

US$ 21,907.00

Regular

US$ 270,000.00

DONOR AMOUNT
Government of Australia

US$ 500,000.00

US Department of State

US$ 113,500.00

USAID

US$ 125,000.00

BCPR

US$ 365,100.00

DGTTF

US$ 37,200.00

Regular

US$ 400,000.00

YEAR 2015 (Full Programme)
DONOR AMOUNT

Government of Australia

US$ 510,276.00

BCPR

US$ 157,000.00

USAID

US$ 21,907.00

Regular

US$ 270,000.00

DONOR AMOUNT
Government of Australia

US$ 500,000.00

US Department of State

US$ 113,500.00

USAID

US$ 125,000.00

BCPR

US$ 365,100.00

DGTTF

US$ 37,200.00

Regular

US$ 400,000.00

YEAR 2015 (Full Programme)
DONOR AMOUNT

Government of Australia

US$ 510,276.00

BCPR

US$ 157,000.00

USAID

US$ 21,907.00

Regular

US$ 270,000.00

DONOR AMOUNT
Government of Australia

US$ 500,000.00

US Department of State

US$ 113,500.00

USAID

US$ 125,000.00

BCPR

US$ 365,100.00

DGTTF

US$ 37,200.00

Regular

US$ 400,000.00

YEAR 2015 (Full Programme)
DONOR AMOUNT

Government of Australia

US$ 510,276.00

BCPR

US$ 157,000.00

USAID

US$ 21,907.00

Regular

US$ 270,000.00

DONOR AMOUNT
Government of Australia

US$ 500,000.00

US Department of State

US$ 113,500.00

USAID

US$ 125,000.00

BCPR

US$ 365,100.00

DGTTF

US$ 37,200.00

Regular

US$ 400,000.00

YEAR 2015 (Full Programme)
DONOR AMOUNT

Government of Australia

US$ 510,276.00

BCPR

US$ 157,000.00

USAID

US$ 21,907.00

Regular

US$ 270,000.00

Delivery

YEAR 2013
TOTAL: US$ 487,430 (78.27%)
DONOR DELIVERY
UNDP TRAC US$ 27,314 (75.09%)
UNDEF US$ 71,936 (54.89%)
DGTTF US$ 144,005 (94.06%)
BCPR US$ 3,417 (76.24%)
Government of Australia US$ 109,334 (73.11%)
US State Department US$ 101,458 (98.14%)
Government of Germany US$ 25,499 (93.46%)
EU BCPR --
USAID US$ 4,467 (89.34%)
YEAR 2014 (Full Programme)

Government of Australia

US$ 428,543.00 (85.70%)

US Department of State

US$ 97,204.00 (85.64%)

USAID

US$ 103,093.00 (82.4%)

BCPR

US$ 207,681.00 (56.88%)

DGTTF

US$ 12,652.00 (34.0%)

Regular

US$ 353,838.00 (88.45%)

Overview
Status:
Active
Project start date:
August 2012
Estimated end date:
December 2015
Geographic coverage:
Nationwide
Focus area:
Building capacity for social cohesion
Programme Focal Point:
Ms. Aishath Rizna, ARR Democratic Governance
Partners:
Ministry of Human Resources, Youth and Sports, Maldives National University, President’s Office, Civil Society, Maldives Broadcasting Commission, Media Council, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Gender, Family and Human Rights