Population matters

We are the population data agency that convenes decision makers, planners and data users through evidence-based data and policy related advocacy around population and development dynamics.

Maldives has undertaken the modern Census since 1977, and UNFPA has provided support in undertaking the biggest data collection efforts in the country. In 2006 UNFPA provided technical assistance to engender the Census and in 2014 technical support was provided to count the migrant workers for the first time.

What we do

We are the population data agency that convenes decision makers, planners and data users through evidence-based data and policy related advocacy around population and development dynamics.

Maldives has undertaken the modern Census since 1977, and UNFPA has provided support in undertaking the biggest data collection efforts in the country. In 2006 UNFPA provided technical assistance to engender the Census and in 2014 technical support was provided to count the migrant workers for the first time.

What we do

·         UNFPA continues to provide technical and financial support to disseminate the results of surveys and studies.

·         We use data and research to convene an array of decision-makers and duty bearers in policy fora – looking at the costs and benefits of investing in the rights and health of young people and women in the unique cultural context of Maldives.

·         We work with other UN agencies and development partners to set-up a policy monitoring, reporting and evaluation mechanism to guarantee accountability and equity of Reproductive Health rights within the health system and decentralised services.

Climate change

Maldives is an archipelago of around 300 square kilometres of emerged land, out of the 90,000 square meters of its national territory. The nation faces a real threat to the survival of the fragile ecosystem, in the context of the expansion of the tourism industry. This makes Maldives especially vulnerable to climate change and the rise of sea levels. Furthermore, the capital city of Male, houses more than 35% of the population, making it one of the densest cities in the world.

With migration and urbanization taking place on an unprecedented scale, the climate change response will require evidence-based understanding of how special distribution of populations are changing, and then plan to address people’s current and future needs.

What we do

·         UNFPA is working with governments and other partners to better understand population dynamics, how they affect the changing climate and how people can become resilient in the face of these changes.

Under a joint UN programme with six other resident agencies, UNFPA is working to ensure data availability for island communities to assist in their planning for climate resilient development. The programme, supported by the government of Denmark, focuses on strengthening communities’ development planning capacities in Laamu Atoll, which is Maldives’ largest atoll in terms of land area and seventh largest in terms of resident population.