Maldives is a chain of ecologically fragile coral atolls made up of over 1,100 islands in 20 atolls spread over 900 km in the Indian Ocean. Its population of around 320,000 lives on 198 of these islands, 70 per cent of which are inhabited by less than 1,000 people. These small communities are dependent on fishing and tourism for their livelihoods. Rising sea levels and coastal erosion due to climate change pose serious and growing threats to the viability of the country. Australia’s support focuses on human resource development through the Australia Awards and helping the Maldives to respond to the impacts of climate change and build a resilient, democratic and economically stable nation.
Australia has invested $23.1 million on Maldives in the previous three years. Some of the key results include:
- 1,503 teachers trained through our Education Sector Pilot Volunteer program serving 46 schools in 11 atolls.
- 43 Maldivians received Australia Awards for long-term study in Australia in 2012.
- a contribution of $500,000 to the World Bank Climate Change Trust Fund to support adaptation and mitigation efforts and promote a carbon neutral development path.
More results can be viewed under the ‘See our results’ tab above.
Australia expects to provide $10 million in development assistance to Maldives in 2012–13. We will:
- provide 52 Australia Awards comprising 40 long term and 12 short-term awards in 2013 in priority areas of human resource capacity, including law, economics, environmental studies and information technology
- implement an Education Sector Volunteers program to train 3,000 teachers in 315 schools on more than 20 atolls.
More on expected outcomes can be viewed under the ‘See our results’ tab above.