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A Dance of Hope

The sweat flows in a steady trickle down Hathim Ahmed’s face. His heart is thumping and his hands are throbbing, but he keeps on beating on the drum, his head bobbing in tune with the song. As the performance reaches its crescendo, Hathim increases his tempo, and sees the dancers gyrate their bodie more

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Theatre promoting dialogue, understanding and uplifting spirits of communities

Kolhufushi Island in Meemu Atoll was among the most affected during the 2004 tsunami, with inhabitants living in temporary housing even today. The unfortunate twist of fate and dire living conditions mean the islanders are faced with daily frustrations and struggles. Many of them remain aggravated b more

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Eco-tourism, an exciting new venture for remote islands

The Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, attracts over 900,000 tourists annually from all over the world. However, tourism activities are confined to ‘resort’ islands, and the participation of Maldivian communities in tourism activities – the economic backbone of the country – is limited. more

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Maldives Elects New Leader

On 17 November 2013, the Maldives saw the inauguration of new president Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayoom, a day after his runoff victory ended a long and highly-contested election process. Yameen secured the majority of the votes, winning over the country's first democratically elected leader Mohamed Na more

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Of Tortoise and Men

Abdul Shukoor pushes aside the strap-shaped leaves of the pandanus tree, and his eyes light up in excitement. “Look!” he says with a beaming smile, as he takes in the sight of several tortoise nestled near the muddy base of the tree’s rooted trunk. “They eat the screwpine fruit and sometimes breadfr more

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The People’s Atoll - Story of the First Biosphere Reserve of the Maldives

As he gazes out over the crystal blue water these days, Ahmed Fareesh reflects back to times long ago. A time of young dreams that yearned to journey across the expanse of the sea that stretched infinitely before him.  A time of fantasies that reached beyond the waves to the waters where the do more

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Preparing Women Leaders to Contest for Local Council Elections

The children giggle and chatter as they wait for their parents to collect them. As the last of them shakes her hand and leaves with a cheery “Bye, Aunty” (the moniker for teacher), Fahumeena Hussain, 30, lets out a sigh. She gathers the papers and crayons from the desks and stacks them in a neat pil more

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Women as Leaders

“People in my island have this assumption that from a religious and social perspective, having a woman heading things will lead to no good. This is difficult for me to hear, but it will not stop me.” – Aishath Naazly, President, Rasgetheem Council. When Aishath Naazly first attended a workshop (supp more

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Dreams from the Youth

“People often see youth as a problem waiting to happen” Adam Yaish, 16, attended school in Thoddoo Island, in the North of the Maldives, and Shanaz Mohamed, 19, goes to university miles away in Malaysia. Yet when they met at the Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) a few months later in Bandos Island R more

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Featured Publications
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Comprehensive Study of the Maldivian Civil Society

The report provides insight into the opportunities for improving the public confidence in CSOs and the key concerns that should be addressed when decentralizing the regulation and monitoring of CSOs.

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Valuing Biodiversity - the economic case for biodiversity conservation in the Maldives

The “Atoll Ecosystem Conservation” (AEC) project co-financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented through UNDP by Ministry of Housing, Transport and Environment is putting forward this report that demonstrates and quantify the value of Biodiversity and Atoll ecosystem conservation in the Maldives.

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  • Baa Atoll Conservation Fund Launch

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