Poverty Reduction

POLICY AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH: Maldives has achieved significant economic growth over the past decade. Despite these achievements, there are a number of critical factors that are posing considerable risks to the socio-economic situation of the country, such as rising unemployment, especially among youth and women, increasing income disparities, the current global economic downturn, and national macroeconomic imbalances.

Our Goals

UNDP advocates for nationally-owned solutions and helps to make them more effective by ensuring a greater voice for poor and vulnerable communities. UNDP aims to expand access to productive assets and economic opportunities, and link programmes with the country’s economic and financial policies, to achieve equitable growth and sustainable development. more

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Policy Advocacy

Despite many challenges, UNDP is working to provide clear policy solutions to the Government to tackle persistent development challenges. As such, focus is given to supporting national actors in accelerating inclusive growth to ensure equitable, broad-based human development. In doing this, UNDP enhances the capacity of government agencies, partners and vulnerable groups to mitigate economic and social vulnerabilities through various interventions. Photo: UNDP Maldives 2013.

Our Stories

  • A Dance of Hope

    While many members of the Cooperative are avid ‘boduberu’ performers, they have also ventured into markets such as wood carving, as a means of increasing livelihoods for the island community.more

Projects and Initiatives

Support to Integrated Farming

With the main objective to strengthen economic resilience of island communities and vulnerable groups including women and youth, this project builds on the first phase of Support to Integrated Farming Project (2008-2010) during which innovative and environment friendly agriculture technologies were successfully set up in eight community islands. more

Employment and Enterprise Development for Women and Youth

The project focuses on strengthening opportunities for economic diversification and employment creation, and on creating an enabling environment for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to expand opportunities for integration of local livelihoods into the private sector and the tourism industry. more

Strengthening National Capacity for Evidence Based Policy Formulation

The project aims to strengthen the capacity of national institutions and actors for evidence based policy formulation, development planning, and Managing for Development Results (MfDR) through the application of the Human Development (HD) concept in shaping up policies and programs that keep people at the center of national development. more

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Featured Publications
Pearl Culture Handbook

The pearl culture handbook is a culmination of the work supported by UNDP in the Maldives on piloting a project on cultivating pearls as a livelihoods activity.

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