DPDCPMDV1.doc - DP/DCP/MDV/1 Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme and of the United Nations Population Fund Distr General 4 April

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DP /DCP/MDV/1 Executive Board of the United Nations Development Distr.: General Programme and of the 4 April 2007 United Nations Population Fund Original: English Annual session 2007 11 to 22 June 2007, New York Item 7 of the provisional agenda Country programmes and related matters Draft country programme document for Maldives (2008-2010) Contents Paragraphs Page I. Situation analysis…………………………………………… 1 2 II. Past cooperation and lessons learned………………………. 2-6 2 III. Proposed programme………………………………………. 7-9 2 IV. Programme management, monitoring and evaluation……… 10-17 3 V. Management arrangements…………………………………. 18-22 5 Annex. Results and resources framework for Maldives, 2008-2010……………… ...... 6
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DP/DCP/MDV/1 I. Introduction 1.The UNDP country programme for 2008-2010, developed in consultation with the Government and other development partners, is aligned with the priorities of the Maldives United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the seventh national development plan. The programme strategy and direction are built on best practices and lessons learned from the current programme (2003-2007). II. Situation analysis 2. Of the population of 300,000, 49 per cent are females, nearly 50 per cent of whom are under 24 years of age. In two decades, many aspects of human development have advanced. The maternal mortality rate – 72 per 100,000 live births – and infant mortality – 12 per 1,000 live births in 2004-2005 – represent a significant reduction, with a resultant increase in life expectancy. The second vulnerability poverty assessment report, in 2005, confirmed that over the last seven years the overall poverty and vulnerability situation – using a human vulnerability index – fell from 4.6 to 3.1, an improvement of 30 per cent, largely due to improvements in the situation of women. Women’s participation rate in the labour force increased from 37 per cent in 2000 to 52 per cent in 2006, while men’s grew from 71 to 73 per cent. Maldives is transitioning in January 2011 from least developed country status to middle-income country, sustained through the tourism and fisheries sectors. 3. A number of reform initiatives were undertaken as a result of the governance reform agenda announced in 2003.. Constitutional review is in progress; 2008 envisages the first multi-party elections, following legalization of political parties; and the Penal Code is being revised. Opportunities for public participation are evolving, and reforms have fostered growing interest among civil society in becoming engaged in development issues. Work towards local governance reforms is being initiated and institutions of democratic governance established. The momentum needs to be sustained, and democratic processes deepened.
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