Male’, Maldives: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Maldives has been working closely with the Government and communities across the country to support tsunami recovery efforts over the past 15 months. UNDP has mobilized US$38.30 million (MRF488.33 million) to support its tsunami recovery programme, which forms a part of the National Recovery and Reconstruction Plan.

UNDP is working in five sectors—shelter recovery, harbour reconstruction, restoration of livelihoods, disaster risk management, and aid coordination.  The funds raised to date represent 119% of our original appeal of $32.30 million (MRF411.83 million) to the international donor community through the UN Flash Appeal. There have been recent media reports about UNDP not fulfilling its commitments in the shelter sector.

Following the tsunami, UNDP and the Government agreed that UNDP would appeal for $19.10 million (MRF243.53 million) for shelter recovery through the UN Flash Appeal to help rebuild and reconstruct 2,132 homes.  We have raised $19.84 million (MRF252.96 million) to date, which represents 104% of our original appeal and which is helping more than 2,800 families across the atolls.  UNDP will continue to assist these householders to repair and/or reconstruct their homes. In addition to those islands where the UNDP-supported project is currently working, we have been requested to help rehabilitate homes on several other islands, which remain unfunded.

Although we have surpassed our original pledge of shelter support, we continue to seek funding partners for the national shelter recovery effort, despite the challenges of mobilizing additional resources from the international donor community.  UNDP remains committed to working with the Government, our partners in the UN System, and other development organizations to identify solutions to the remaining shelter problems in the Maldives.

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For more information please contact Ibrahim Rasheed, +(960) 7771648. i.m.rasheed@undp.org,

Notes for editors: To find out about the Adopt-an-Island initiative, visit http://www.mv.undp.org/adopt UNDP is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners. 

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