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2013/14 Estimated Outcome

$6.6 million

2014/15 Budget Estimate

$7.0 million


Australia and the Maldives share a productive relationship, with links in trade and tourism, education, development cooperation and through the Commonwealth.

Despite political challenges over recent years, the Maldives has maintained good economic growth due to high tourist numbers. Diversifying the economy beyond tourism and fishing, reforming public finance and increasing employment opportunities remain major economic challenges for the Maldives Government. The Maldives graduated to middle-income country status in 2011 and has achieved five of the eight MDGs. However, significant social challenges exist with limited job opportunities and a fragile political environment.

Australia’s aid to the Maldives will target human development through the education sector. In 2014-15, we will:

  • provide 33 Australia Awards Scholarships for study at Australian universities, focused on economics, education and environmental science
  • help improve the quality of education at primary and secondary levels through the Maldives Education Sector Volunteers Program in cooperation with the Maldives Ministry of Education.

Australia will also support effective governance through support to the UNDP-led Integrated Governance Program. The programme aims to strengthen the transparency and accountability of public institutions, promote equitable access to justice and respect for human rights, and strengthen the voice of civil society organisations.

Archived details of expenditure for this program for 2013–14 can be found here.

Archived details of expenditure for DFAT’s aid program, following the Government’s announcement on 18 January 2014 to revise the aid budget, can be found here.


Results to June 2013

  • Provided 52 Australia Awards, comprising 40 long-term and 12 short-term awards.
  • Established the Maldives Education Sector Volunteers Program in cooperation with the Maldives Ministry of Education, following the success of the pilot program from 2009 to 2011. Six volunteers commenced assignments under the program.


  • Offer 35 Australia Awards in priority areas of economics, education and environmental science.
  • Support an estimated 14 volunteers to commence assignments under the Maldives Education Sector Volunteers Program.

Economic development

Results to June 2013

  • Contributed $1 million (total $2 million to date) to the World Bank Climate Change Trust Fund to support the Government of Maldives climate change policies and plans and coordinate with other donors in the sector.


  • Support wetland conservation, coral reef monitoring and clean energy programs through a $2 million contribution to the Maldives Climate Change Trust Fund. The fund will implement two community-based wetland management plans and produce data on coral reef health from 5 tourist resorts within the coral reef monitoring framework. It will also supply 300 megawatt hours of electricity annually from renewable sources, reducing carbon emissions.


Results to June 2013

  • Contributed $300,000 for activities under the UNDP’s Integrated Governance Program, including electoral support for voter education, security, youth and women’s groups and capacity development.
  • Helped bring together key justice institutions at two justice sector forums on Community Mediation and Criminal Law.
  • Trained 40 law and order officials.

Research overview

Research funded by Australian Aid targets some of South Asia’s most important development challenges.


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The Republic of Maldives is a chain of ecologically fragile coral atolls in the Indian Ocean. Rising sea levels and coastal erosion pose a serious threat to the viability of the country. Australia’s support focuses on human resource development and economic development in a changing climate.

Find out more about why we give aid to the Maldives


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Australia’s support to the Maldives aims to promote an environmentally resilient, democratic and economically stable nation. Australian aid is closely aligned to the government’s development priorities of economic development in a changing climate and strengthening human resource capacity. We also work closely with the United Nations, World Bank, European Commission and non-government organisations to address critical challenges facing the Maldives.

Find out more about how we give aid to the Maldives


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  • Eradicate extreme hunger & poverty
  • Achieve universal primary education
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Reduce child mortality
  • Improve maternal health
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • Ensure environmental sustainability

Last reviewed: 28 October, 2014