The World Bank has granted more than Rf160,000 to two local NGOs for social projects, according to Haveeru Online.
The bank granted US$12,500 (Rf160,625) from its Civil Society Fund to the Live and Learn Environmental Education and the Maldives NGO Federation, during a function held at the Holiday Inn, Male, on Wednesday.
The Live and Learn grant will be used for a project to manufacture chilli sauce from locally grown chillies, and the NGO Federation grant will develop two video units in Fuvahmulah (Gnaviyani) and Addu (Seenu) atolls.
Executive Director of World Bank Group Dr Mirza Hassan said the bank’s aim was to foster a close relationship with Maldivian civil society. “This is the first time such aid has been provided to Maldivian NGOs. It has been decided to provide such aid to other local NGOs as well,” said Dr Hassan.