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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 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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