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Assessment of Development Results - Seychelles

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The ADR in Seychelles examines the relevance and strategic positioning of UNDP support and contributions to the country’s development from 2003 to 2009. It assesses UNDP interventions under the various thematic areas of the country programme with the aim of providing forward-looking recommendations meant to assist the UNDP country office and its partners in the formulation of the forthcoming country programme. The evaluation found that the UNDP support has generally been well aligned to national policies and plans and has responded to priorities and needs in the environment and governance sectors. UNDP has been successful in mobilizing large amounts of funding to national environmental priority issues. This creates a real possibility of protecting the country’s critical natural resources base.

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National context

The Republic of Seychelles is a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) consisting of an archipelago of at least 115 islands 7, many of which are uninhabited. The islands are located in the Indian Ocean to the north of Madagascar. Seychelles has a population of approximately 88,000 8, mostly descendants of French settlers, African plantation workers, British sailors and traders from India, China and Middle East, giving rise to a multiethnic society. Most of the population is concentrated on three islands, which also host most economic activities: Mahe (over 80 percent of the population), Praslin and La Digue. The capital city, Victoria, in Mahe, is also the major port. The main language is Créole, although English and French are also official languages. The climate is agreeable throughout the year with maximum temperatures at sea level averaging around 29 degrees. Seychelles lies outside the cyclone belt and enjoys stable weather.

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