UNDP initiates prototype-testing phase of its innovative project ‘Make My Island’

Sep 2, 2014

UNDP Maldives Country Office team on the ground at Laamu Atoll Fonadhoo Island

UNDP Maldives launched the prototype-testing phase of its innovative project, ‘MakeMyIsland’ last Tuesday.
  
The project, through a web-based application, aims to connect local communities to their respective local councils to address municipal concerns such as waste management, street lighting and problems regarding erosion. The application will allow members of the community directly report their problems, and by using Google Maps, pinpoint the exact location of the specific problem to the council without the need to physically present themselves at the council secretariat. Members of local communities can either report their issues through a mobile app, or by text messaging and as well as an online reporting system.

The UNDP Maldives Country Office team, who are leading the project, will conduct a series of prototype tests in Laamu Atoll Fonadhoo Island with the support of the Fonadhoo Island Council and the local community including local NGOs, women and youth groups. 

The idea of Make My Island is inspired by the UK-based Fix My Street which also operates in a similar fashion, connecting the public with its local councils. Fix My Street is also providing technical assistance and support to the project.