Maldives is an archipelago of 1,200 coral islands grouped in 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean. With its highest point only 8 feet above sea level, it is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to global climate change. Located along major international shipping routes, a peaceful and resilient Maldives is critical to maritime security and regional stability.
Coordinated closely with other U.S. activities in-country, USAID programs address vulnerabilities that climate-related impacts such as rising sea levels, increasing shortages of potable water and droughts have on Maldivians and their livelihoods. USAID programs also seek to promote democratic discourse and practices.
Last updated: March 18, 2016