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Assessment of Development Results - Maldives

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The evaluation found that in the past six years UNDP in the Maldives has coped with two major transformational events: the 2004 tsunami and the changes in political system. It concludes that UNDP has been particularly effective in its support at the policy level, especially in the area of governance, but less so at the atoll and island level. Gender equality and youth remain major areas requiring effective support while capacity development is the most significant barrier to sustained progress.

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UNDP contribution to development results

Although the Maldives has met and indeed exceeded the target for MDG 1 (eradicating extreme poverty and hunger) there are serious and growing income disparities between Malé and the atolls, and between the northern and southern atolls. The population remains vulnerable, and many non-poor have fallen back into poverty. Moreover, if the definition of poverty is expanded to include lack of choice and opportunity, then the challenges facing the Maldives are substantial. In addition, although the Maldives has also met MDG 2 and has achieved universal primary education, the country is still burdened by a serious lack of capacity. For example, 75 percent of secondary school teachers are expatriates. Maldives’ impending graduation from LDC status will deprive it of much-needed capacity-development opportunities.

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