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FRONTIER DIALOGUES from UNDP Maldives is a podcast series hosted by UNDP Maldives to give voice to people who are working on the frontlines, and in providing solutions to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in the Maldives.

Frontier Dialogues aims to spread solutions, lessons learned, and stories inside and outside UNDP in the context of COVID-19. It brings voices from inspirational figures and changemakers, including individuals, members from the government, public sector,  civil society and the private sector who are committed to responding effectively to the current health and development challenges.

EPISODE 17: WITH AKIKO FUJII, UNDP RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE IN THE MALDIVES

Our last episode of the year finds our hosts Fernando & Khady talking to Ms. Akiko Fujii, Resident Representative of UNDP Maldives about her reflection on the year. Ms. Akiko explores the biggest challenges faced IN 2020, how UNDP adapted to those challenges and how this informs future actions.

Listen to Episode 17 at: https://soundcloud.com/user-539321192/undp-ms-akiko-fujji 

EPISODE 16: WITH DR. ARVIND MATHUR, WHO REPRESENTATIVE TO THE MALDIVES

In this episode of #FrontierDialogues, our hosts Fernando and Khady chat with Dr. Arvind Mathur, the Representative of WHO in Maldives. Dr. Arvind reflects on 2020, WHO’s response in Maldives to the Covid-19, and how the pandemic has shaped the role of WHO in the international arena. Dr. Arvind also talks about the COVAX initiative and what we could expect from that in 2021.

Listen to Episode 16 at: FD Episode 16: WHO Representative to Maldives, Dr. Arvind Mathur by UNDP MV (soundcloud.com) 

EPISODE 15: WITH DR. M. MUNIR A. SAFIELDIN, UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE TO THE MALDIVES

This week  on Frontier Dialogues we talk to Dr. M. Munir A. Safieldin, UNICEF Representative to the Maldives who reflects on 2020, discuss the role of UNICEF in response to COVID-19 in the Maldives, and innovations in education.

Listen to Episode 15 at: https://soundcloud.com/user-539321192/dr-munir-safeildin-unicef-maldives 

EPISODE 14: WITH CATHERINE HASWELL, UN RESIDENT COORDINATOR IN THE MALDIVES

This week  we have a speacial episode of Frontier Dialogues with Ms. Catherine Haswell, the UN Resident Coordinator joining us to reflect on 2020, discuss the role of the UN system in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Maldives, and explore the implications of this pandemic and the Maldives’ role in multinational cooperation.

Listen to Episode 14 at: https://soundcloud.com/user-539321192/fd-episode-14-un-resident-coordinator-ms-catherine-haswell

EPISODE 13: IDEAS WITH HULWA KHALEEL

This week on Frontier Dialogues  we have with us Hulwa Khaleel, the Project Coordinator for IDEAS in the Maldives - an NGO partner of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Small Grant Programme (SGP), implemented by UNDP. Hulwa has worked with IDEAS on a voluntary basis to manage projects and drive outreach. She has experience in the education sector working on nation-wide vocational education and environmental education programs.

Listen to Episode 13 at: https://soundcloud.com/user-539321192/fd-episode-13-ideas-ngo-hulwa-khaleel

EPISODE 12: INNOVATIVE AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE WITH NGO FAAM'S  MOHAMED ZUBAIR

 

This week on Frontier Dialogues  we have with us Mohamed Zubair (Zubair) on behalf of FAAM Foundation- recipient of UNDP and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) fund. In this episode, Zubair shares information about the work of FAAM and his passion and commitment for finding innovative and sustainable solutions to the development challenges of his community. He talks about what the NGO is doing under the GEF-SGP and UNDP-supported 'Kihaadhoo Goes Organic' project as well as the importance of making a shift to more nature friendly ways of farming. 

Listen to Episode 12 at: https://soundcloud.com/user-539321192/fd-episode-12

Full English transcript of this episode is available here

EPISODE 11: EFFECTS OF COVID-19 ON FISHERMEN WITH AHMED SHAFIU OF DHIVEHI MASVERIN 

This week on Frontier Dialogues we talk to Ahmed Shafiu, the President of NGO Dhivehi Masverin (Maldives Fishermen). We discuss the story behind Dhivehi Masverin, the effects of COVID-19 for fishermen, as well as the progress of their projects supported by Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme and UNDP. 

Listen to Episode 11 at: bit.ly/3mHNlBv

EPISODE 10: BUILDING FORWARD BETTER AFTER COVID-19 WITH SHUHAD IBRAHIM

This week on Frontier Dialogues we talk to Shuhad Ibrahim, who works as a Trade & Investment Consultant at the Ministry of Economic Development, about his work on the Rapid Livelihood Assessment Report and his thoughts on the crisis and possible ways forward.

Listen to Episode 10 at: https://bit.ly/3jZZ38u

EPISODE 9: CLIMATE AND WATER SECURITY WITH DR. ASSELA PATHIRANA

This week on Frontier Dialogues we talk to Dr. Assela Pathirana who has worked in the sector of climate and water security for more than 20 years. Currently Dr. Assela works for UNDP as Chief Technical Advisor-Water Engineering for the project 'Supporting Vulnerable Communities in Maldives to Manage Climate Change-Induced Water Shortages', implemented by the Ministry of Environment of the Maldives. Dr. Assela talks about issues that Maldivian islands face when it comes to potable water accessibility and how UNDP is collaborating with the Ministry of Environment to address these issues. Dr. Assela also highlights how digital tools help to effectively manage precious natural resources like groundwater lenses.

Listen to Episode 9 at: https://bit.ly/32wehKZ

EPISODE 8: YOUTH FOR SOCIAL CHANGE WITH MARIYAM YASMEEN

This week on Frontier Dialogues, we had a chat with Mariyam Yasmeen who took part in our Film for Change programme which encourages youth to explore social issues through the medium of film.

Listen to Episode 8 at: https://bit.ly/3gTvFzj

EPISODE 7: BUSINESS CENTER KULHUDHUFFUSHI WITH AREESHA MOOSA

This week we talk to Areesha Moosa, who works as the manager at Business Center Kulhudhuffushi. Areesha touches upon challenges faced by Maldivians searching for employment, difficulty in becoming financially independent, and skills needed to be developed for the future job market after COVID-19 pandemic.

Listen to Episode 7 at: https://bit.ly/2DcIyWi

EPISODE 6: MALDIVIAN RED CRESCENT  WITH MIZY MUSTHAFA

On this episode, we talk to  Mizy Musthafa, Communications and Resource Mobilisation Officer at Maldivian Red Crescent. Mizy touches upon some of the crucial work of the MRC team, often directly on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis, as seen with initiatives such as the launch of the Migrant Relief Fund. Mizy highlights how human rights and inclusion are key to the work of MRC as they assist communities to build back and recover stronger, and shares some of the significant lessons learned from the current crisis for future disaster preparedness.

Listen to Episode 6 at: https://soundcloud.com/user-539321192/maldivian-red-crescent-with-mizy-musthafa

EPISODE 5: WAMCO WITH ISMAIL UBAIDH

This week on Frontier Dialogues we talk to Ismail Ubaidh, General Manager of Marketing, Business and Development at the Waste Management Corporation Limited (WAMCO). He was part of the team that established the current waste collection system and introduced most of the services provided by WAMCO. Ubaidh talks about the crucial role the WAMCO team plays in continuing to provide sustainable waste management solutions for the people, while prioritizing safety of staff, especially in the face of major crises such as COVID-19.

Listen to Episode 5 at: https://soundcloud.com/user-539321192/frontier-dialogues-episode-5-wamco-with-ismail-ubaidh

EPISODE 4: RAPID LIVELIHOODS ASSESSMENT ON COVID-19 WITH DR AMINATH RIYAZ

This week we talk to Dr. Aminath Riyaz, an information management professional and one of the leading contributors on the Rapid Livelihoods Assessment on COVID-19, which looked at the impact of the crisis on the Maldives tourism industry in terms of employment and livelihoods and the potential knock-on effects on families and communities.

Listen to Episode 4 at: https://soundcloud.com/user-539321192/rapid-livelihoods-assessment-on-covid-19-with-dr-aminath-riyaz

EPISODE 3: THAANA MALLOW WITH FAATHUN

This week on Frontier Dialogues - we have with us, Fathimath Ibrahim (Faathun) on behalf of the Thaana Mellow team, winners of Miyaheli social innovation camp 2019. Thaana Mellow is a screen reading application which converts Thaana (written script of Maldivian language, Dhivehi) to Latin Dhivehi which then reads the text out loud. The app aims to addresses the gap in access to Dhivehi information sources online. Faathun, known for her volunteer work in multiple NGOs such as the Blind and Visually Impaired Society of Maldives and Maldives Red Crescent, is a true inspiration to all with her endless efforts to challenge societal expectations and show that Persons with Disabilities too can do anything they set their mind to.

Listen to Episode 3 at: https://soundcloud.com/user-539321192/fathun

Full transcript of Faathun's podcast is available here.

EPISODE 2: BLUE HEARTS WITH SHIBA

On this episode, we talk to Mariyam Shiba - a passionate advocate for mental well-being and easily accessible mental health services. She is the founder and chairperson of Blue Hearts, which is the first online mental health support and awarenesses platform in Maldives. Her academic background is in psychology. Frontier Dialogues is a series of podcasts from UNDP Maldives, bringing you voices from the front lines and in the response to COVID-19 in the country.

Listen to Episode 2 at: https://soundcloud.com/user-539321192/frontier-dialogues-ep2-blue-hearts-with-shiba

EPISODE 1: MIYAHELI WITH RAUSHAN

In our first talk, we feature Raushan Ali Firaq from UNDP Maldives, who tells us about the first virtual social innovation camp held in the Maldives, a part of the 'Miyaheli' series, that connected changemakers to create innovative ideas to fight the pandemic.

Listen to Episode 1 at: https://soundcloud.com/user-539321192/frontier-dialogues-part-1-miyaheli

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