Upholding democratic governance under new normal.
Business continuity of essential services and strengthened institutions: UNDP has a long-standing support to Maldives’ judicial reform to improve access to justice for all. It is crucial that the essential justice sector services, such as court hearings, continued to function to uphold human rights and provide access to justice for all, and vulnerable groups in particular. UNDP works closely with the justice sector agencies to digitize their services. Courts in Male’, and Magistrate Courts in the islands, Judicial Service Commission, Employment Tribunal, Attorney General’s Office are being supported with their digital transformation efforts.
Promote social cohesion and tolerant society, advocate against stigma, discrimination and misinformation: UNDP supports a Social Cohesion Messaging Campaign by disseminating COVID related messages. In partnership with Maldives Media Council (MMC), UNDP supports quality of media information by assisting accreditation framework and guidelines on code of ethics to reduce misinformation and promote media professionalism in Maldives. UNDP works closely with National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC), Ministry of Defense and other stakeholders to support implementation of National Action Plan on Prevention of Violent Extremism, by awareness building, training of local island officials and communities to promote tolerance and respect for diversity. New UNDP Maldives podcast, ‘Frontier Challenges’, has been launched, with weekly interviews of front-line thinkers and actors, who thrive to innovate for solutions in response to COVID crisis. Frontier Dialogues in the Maldives
National Strategic Action Plan and SDGs: UNDP works closely with the President Office in aligning SDGs and Strategic Action Plan of Maldives, considering the priorities emerging from immediate COVID response, recovery and beyond. SDG mapping has been conducted to support prioritization of government action.
SDG Financing: Considering the continuous stress on fiscal space and increased debt burden, innovative financing to achieve SDGs, while recovering from COVID, is critically important for sustainable development of Maldives. In close partnership with the Ministry of Finance, Maldives Monetary Authority and other stakeholders, UNDP assists Development Finance Assessment (DFA) to understand financial landscape beyond traditional ODA, and supports Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF). UNDP assists policy paper that suggests new financing schemes to incentivize substantive investment towards climate resilient infrastructure and nature conservation.
Women’s political participation under COVID: Women play critical roles in all spheres of COVID response and recovery in communities, but not in policy and political arena. 33% reserved seats for women at local council elections will be a historic opportunity for women to influence policies that matter to them. UNDP supports women candidates to be empowered as a new generation of leaders, by provision of training and needs assessment, in preparation for the local council elections.
UNDP Strengthening the Role of Women Within Political Parties
Health crisis response: UNDP has assisted procurement of PPEs upon request by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Health. UNDP, in collaboration with WHO, assisted in equipping five regional health hubs with 25,000 diagnostics testing kits, thereby supporting increased health response capacity outside the capital to reduce health access gaps among the population in the islands UNDP, WHO, Ministry of Health Provide Covid-19 Testing Supplies. UNDP has mobilized one million masks from private sector donation, which accelerate protection and containment in public.