World Bank grants over Rf160,000 to two Maldivian NGOs

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.


US$150,000 allocated by UNDP for community based projects in 2010

US$150,000 has been allocated by the UNDP for community based projects in 2010 delivering biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, protection of international waters, prevention of land degradation and elimination of persistent organic pollutants. The amount will increase to US$200,000 in 2011.

The programme will help more vulnerable areas and communities to overcome local environmental problems, says UNDP Resident Representative Andrew Cox.

Community based organisations, NGOs, small businesses, youth groups and academic and scientific groups are invited to make proposals, which must be in line with the Country Programme Strategy developed for Maldives.

Despite a maximum of US$50,000 being allocated for projects for up to 24 months, most applications are expected to be for lower amounts. Planning grants of up to US$2,000 may be issued to enable people and groups to develop proposals that serve as precursors for full scale projects.


Khalifa Foundation to create Maldives Distance Medical Services

Deputy Chairman of UAE’s Khalifa Foundation, Ahmed Juma Al-Zaabi, signed an agreement with State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Naseem, to grant the Maldives Distance Medical Services, reports Miadhu.

The foundation has many humanitarian initiatives around the world, aiming to fund sustainable projects that create jobs and raise standards of basic services like health and education in aid recipient countries.

The Khalifa bin Zayed Distance Medical Services project will include a network of 35 sites across the Maldives. The nursing department at the faculty of medicine will be named after Sheikh Khalifa.

The project will have a central base and several outposts. Doctors at the main centre will overlook reports made by nurses in the outposts and prescribe treatment. It is expected the service will provide medical attention to over 350,000 persons a year, according to Miadhu.

The grant will train local doctors, technicians and biotechnology specialists.

Chairman of the foundation, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, said the project fits well with the foundation’s strategy to not only assist but build infrastructure which will improve living standards and create jobs.

He added the different outposts would ease the logistics in health care for distant islands.

Minister Naseem said the grant would improve living conditions for thousands of people living in the islands and remote regions of the country which are difficult to access.

It would also train hundreds of medical and nursing staff, Naseem added.