Maldives, an archipelago consisting of over 1,000 coral islands grouped in 26 atolls, is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to global climate change with its highest point only 8 feet above sea level. After 30 years of authoritarian rule, Maldives held its first democratic election and enacted its first constitution in 2008, though its democratic transition remains fragile. Located along major shipping routes in the Indian Ocean, a peaceful and resilient Maldives is critical to maritime security and regional stability.
USAID programs in Maldives seek to strengthen civil society and the electoral process to consolidate the country’s democratic transition, as well as address the vulnerability of Maldivians and their livelihoods to climate-related impacts such as rising sea levels and drought.
Last updated: October 28, 2013