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For over 30 years, UNDP has been supporting the people of the Maldives in areas such as the alleviation of poverty, democratic transition, environment protection, climate change mitigation and adaptation, recovery from natural disasters, and HIV/AIDS. Much of this support has focused on developing the capacity of government agencies, civil society and community members to find sustainable and responsible solutions to development challenges.
Within the framework of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and UNDP Country Programme for 2011-2015, UNDP programmes will address the following priority areas for Maldives’ development:
- Democratic governance
- Inclusive growth, policy support to poverty reduction, and
- Environment, energy and climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction
The project aims to assist at policy level in strengthening the sustainability of livelihood activities through expansion, commercialization, knowledge exchange and market integration through private sector partnerships, and building institutional capacity.
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.
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.
The focus of this area will be on strengthening the interface between and among three key groups; public service providers; their ‘clients’, individual citizens; and oversight bodies which are the foundation for strong resilient institutions that enjoy public confidence and contribute to democratic consolidation.
This result area works to ensure that equitable access to justice is increased and rule of law strengthened through support to the Justice Sector, Including the Judiciary, as well as focuses on the promotion of human rights.
This area works to ensure that an enabling environment is created and strengthened for enhanced social cohesion through inclusive and participatory decision making and development
Environment and Energy
The TAP project will establish new public/private investment partnerships between the Government of Maldives and tourism resorts to showcase the economic and environmental benefits of no-regrets adaptation in tourism operations.
The project works on increasing climate resilience through an Integrated Water Resource Management Programme in HA. Ihavandhoo, ADh. Mahibadhoo and GDh. Gadhdhoo Islands
The Integrating Climate Change Risk to Resilient Island Planning project aims to enhance capacity of national, provincial, atoll and island authorities and civil society leaders to integrate climate risk information into policy, planning and investment decisions.
The GEF Small Grants Programme strives for sustainable development by "thinking globally acting locally". It provides financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods.
MFF continues to work towards achieving the vision of a healthier, more prosperous and secure future for all coastal communities. Although the programme has adopted mangroves as its flagship ecosystem, MFF embraces all coastal ecosystems, including coral reefs, estuaries, lagoons, wetlands, beaches and sea grass beds.
The Enhance National Capacity for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Maldives project was developed in late 2012 in support of the institutional strengthening of the Maldives National Disaster Management Centre and to support operationalisation of the provisions of the Disaster Risk Management Bill.
Low Emission Climate Resilient Development (LECReD) is a joint UN initiative. The programme will assist the Laamu Atoll and its islands to realize low emission and climate resilient development (LECReD). The programme seeks to mainstream LECReD issues into local level development planning and service delivery for greater community-level ownership and sustainability of programme benefits.