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Democracy, Human Rights and Governance

After 30 years of authoritarian rule, Maldives held its first democratic election and enacted its first constitution in 2008. 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 restoration of political stability. However, media reports highlight concerns that the country is currently at risk for increasing extremism and weakening democratic governance. Low representation of women in politics overshadows the Maldivian political landscape while trafficking-in-persons, narcotics abuse and gender-based violence are challenging the social fabric of the country. 

USAID interventions help build the capacity of civil society and Maldivian independent commissions to promote inclusive governance and protect the integrity of the electoral process. USAID’s civic education activities enhance constructive and participatory relationships between citizens and their elected leaders, thus supporting pluralism, democratic political space and dialogue. USAID works with marginalized groups, particularly women and youth, to increase their engagement.

Last updated: July 24, 2015

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