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Democracy and Governance

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Following the 2018 Presidential elections, Maldives is building a solid foundation from which to expand shared democratic values. At the request of the Government of Maldives, USAID provides technical assistance to government ministries that support sound economic and democratic policies, including public financial management. To sustain hard-won democratic gains, USAID also supports civic engagement in the reform process and assists with voter education ahead of future elections.

Executive Communications Support & Local Governance

Consistent with the Maldivian government's core goals of promoting justice and equality, empowering citizens, upholding human rights, and strengthening good governance, USAID provides direct technical assistance to the government's executive branch through its implementing partners. USAID, through IRI, helps the government to identify needs and policy priorities and improve its outreach to civil society and the general public. As a pilot, IRI is working with the second largest population center in Maldives to further develop its local governance capabilities. 

Civic Education & Research

In order to better understand the state of civic education, USAID is working with IFES and MDN, to conduct a nationwide baseline survey of civic awareness in Maldives. At the request of the Government of Maldives, IFES is commissioning a study on comparative oversight of independent institutions - analysis critical to post-electoral reforms.

Rule of Law

The American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI) is supporting the efforts of civil society and legal practitioners to strengthen processes and mechanisms that promote and uphold rule of law and human rights.  USAID-supported initiatives are critical to ensure access to justice, legal advocacy, and an independent judiciary.

Last updated: February 20, 2020

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