Australia and the Maldives share a productive relationship, with links in trade and tourism, education, development cooperation and through the
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
Details of the proposed expenditure for this program for 2013-14 can be found here.
A table of proposed expenditure for 2013-14 and actual expenditure for 2012-13 for DFAT’s aid program can be found here.