Overview

What We Do

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in 177 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

Our Goals

Our focus is helping countries build and share solutions to achieve Poverty Reduction and the Millennium Development Goals, Democratic Governance, Crisis Prevention and Recovery, Environment and Energy for Sustainable Development. UNDP helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights, capacity development and the empowerment of women.

UNDP at a Glance

Since 1966, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been partnering with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of live for everyone. UNDP works in four main areas: poverty reduction and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); democratic governance; crisis prevention and recovery; environment and sustainable development. Photo: Munshid Mohamed 2010.more

Our Stories

Zaeema shares her experience with other participants photo: UNDP Maldives

Ukulhas: an example of excellent waste management practices

As the speedboat neared the jetty of the island of Alif Alif Ukulhas, one could clearly see the excitement on the faces of Fathimath Zaeema andmore 

Women as Leaders

“People in my island have this assumption that from a religious and social perspective, having a woman heading things will lead to no good. This ismore 

Ecotourism
Vishah Saeed offers a tour of Vaadhoo Island’s banyan tree. Photo: UNDP Maldives 2012

Eco-tourism, an exciting new venture for remote islands

The Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, attracts over 900,000 tourists annually from all over the world. However, tourism activities are confined to ‘resort’more 

Swimming in Hanifaru Bay - a protect area of the Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve. Photo: Shaf for AEC Project 2010.

The People’s Atoll - Story of the First Biosphere Reserve of the Maldives

As he gazes out over the crystal blue water these days, Ahmed Fareesh reflects back to times long ago. A time of young dreams that yearnedmore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • The project aims to strengthen economic resilience of island communities and vulnerable groups including women and youth.more 

  • Tourism Adaptation to Climate Change

    The project will establish new public/private investment partnerships between the Government of Maldives and tourism resorts to showcase the economic and environmental benefits of no-regrets adaptation in tourism operations.more 

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