In 2012, the country experienced an unexpected transfer of presidential power that led to political insecurity and violence. In 2013, national elections resulted in a peaceful transition of power and the restoration of political stability. However, recent political developments have heightened concerns about increasing extremism and weakening democratic governance. Low representation of women in politics overshadows the Maldivian political landscape while human trafficking, narcotics abuse and gender-based violence are challenging the social fabric of the country.
USAID interventions increased women and youth participation in civic life, engaged them in the political process, and supported policies, laws and regulations to enable greater participation of women and youth in elections. USAID collaborated with government ministries, independent commissions, local and international partners, stakeholders and the general public to implement its programs.
Last updated: March 15, 2016