A number of commentators and observers working in the area of judicial reform, including special rapporteurs on the independence of judges, ICJ commissions and local Non Government Organizations that have the judiciary within their ambit of concern have conducted surveys and appraisals of the Maldivian judiciary and have found numerous issues meriting serious attention. The purpose of this governance update is to provide the general public with a primer on some of the most important of these issues so that they are better informed and thus equipped to contribute to this important discussion.

*An earlier version of this governance update stated incorrectly that the year of the Democracy Survey is 2010. This version has been updated with the correct date of 2013.

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Applications are now open for the 2016 Youth Integrity Camp!

Youth Integrity Camp 2016, Hanimaadhoo, 10 – 14 February 2016
View/download the Youth Integrity Camp 2016, Hanimaadhoo application form.

Under the Youth Integrity Project, TM is conducting a 5 day Youth Integrity Camp from 10 – 14 February 2016, in Hanimaadhoo to capacity build 30 young leaders on critical thinking, decision-making, resource mobilization and advocacy and communication skills with thematic focus on youth and public policy, youth mainstreaming, governance, corruption and youth movements.

Applications are open to 18- 24 year olds from Hanimaadhoo, Kulhudhuffushi, Nolhivaranfaru and Nolhivaram, who are enthusiastic about initiating and being part of a youth integrity movement and enthusiastic about being a change-maker and a positive role model in the society.

Deadline for submission of applications is 1800 hrs on February 1, 2016. 
Send your applications to naji.hameed@transparencymaldives.org or send your applications to your local contacts:

HDh. Hanimaadhoo
Ibrahim Khaleel
794 5805

HDh. Kulhudhuffushi
Abdullah Mohamed
794 5223

HDh. Nolhivaranfaru
Abdullah Waheed
798 3848

HDh. Nolhivaram
Mohamed Shafeeu
790 0767


Applications are now open for the 2016 Youth Integrity Camp!

Youth Integrity Camp 2016, Fuvahmulah, 27 – 31 January 2016
View/download the Youth Integrity Camp 2016, Fuvahmulah application form.

Under the Youth Integrity Project, TM is conducting a 5 day Youth Integrity Camp from 27 – 31 January 2016, in Fuvahmulah to capacity build 30 young leaders on critical thinking, decision-making, resource mobilization and advocacy and communication skills with thematic focus on youth and public policy, youth mainstreaming, governance, corruption and youth movements.

Applications are open to 18- 24 year olds from Fuvahmulah and Addu City, who are enthusiastic about initiating and being part of a youth integrity movement and enthusiastic about being a change-maker and a positive role model in the society.

Deadline for submission of applications is 1800 hrs on January 16, 2016. 
Send your applications to naji.hameed@transparencymaldives.org or send your applications to your local contacts:

Gn. Fuvahmulah
Samsul Jabeen
765 8497

Addu City, Hithadhoo
Ali Faaig
744 6865

Hulhumeedhoo, Addu City
Mohamed Ayyub Muruthala Mansoor
999 2655


Transparency Maldives (TM) is seeking individuals/parties for the position of Survey Consultant.

Position Title: Survey Consultant
Minimum period of commitment: 25 days
Application deadline: 1500 hrs. 14th January 2016
Location: Male’, Maldives

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1. Organizational Background

Transparency Maldives is a non-partisan organization that endeavors to be a constructive force in society by promoting collaboration and discussion on corruption, transparency and accountability. Our organization seeks to engage with stakeholders from all sectors (government, business, politics and civil society, among others) to raise awareness of corruption’s detrimental effects on development and society, improve transparency and accountability in governance, and to eliminate corruption from the daily lives of people. Transparency Maldives received formal government registration in 2007, and is the National Contact of Transparency International (TI) in the Maldives.

2. Position Summary

Transparency Maldives is seeking a consultant to assist in conducting a survey. The consultant will review the questionnaire prepared by TM, select a sample and analyze the collected data. which will then be used by the consultant to produce a survey report. It isn’t a time bound consultation, therefore the consultant can work during convenient times for him or her, as long as we are provided with the survey report by 17th March 2016. Work that needs to be done with the project staff will be coordinated from both sides. 3. Key responsibilities:

  • Review the questionnaire drafted by TM and provide comments.
  • Research the amount of practicing lawyers and select a sample size for the survey.
  • Analyze the collected data with project staff.
  • Compile and finalize the survey report.

3. Qualifications and competencies

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in research, human rights, or a related field demonstrably relevant to the position.
  • Minimum of 3 years of working experience in the research sector.
  • Excellent English writing and communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.

Closing date for applications: 14th January 2016

Application and selection procedure:
Submit 1) Letter of interest, 2) Curriculum Vitae and 3) Quotation with a timeline via email to afnan.latheef@transparencymaldives.org, addressed to Ms. Mariyam Shiuna, Executive Director. For queries contact Afnan Latheef, Project Coordinator (955 9080).


The year 2014 started with a major advocacy success for Transparency Maldives (TM) with the passage of the landmark Access to Information Act following 5 years of campaigning by TM. After a politically turbulent year in 2013, TM looked to 2014 with more determination to address governance issues in the country and strengthen its programs and interventions, based on the lessons learnt in 2013. In addition, a change in the leadership of TM as well as the board of TM in 2014 meant that there was new opportunity for the organisation to invoke new ideas and strategies based on the foundations laid by predecessors.

As in previous years, we continued with our engagement and outreach in communities across the country, undertook research to understand corruption loopholes in various sectors, held discussions with multiple institutions and raised our voice on various platforms to advocate for the cause we believe in.

In the past year, we were also fortunate to receive exposure opportunities for our staff to share knowledge and learn from partners in the region and strengthen our collaboration and partnerships with multiple stakeholders to drive our agenda of change. Our engagements with various stakeholders from local councillors and youth actors to international partners always provide us with new insights to shape our programs.

Unlike previous years, in 2014, we travelled across the country to deliver civic education to young people as we believe the state of democracy in the Maldives requires a long term strategy of education for young people on democratic values and grassroots mobilisation to strengthen democracy in the Maldives.  As such, our ‘Democracy Talks’ in schools and ‘Civic Forums’ in various islands proved to be immensely eye opening and rewarding.

We also focused on shaping policy and transforming behaviours through a series of high level events, roundtables and lobbying on issues related to corruption, democracy, and migrant worker rights to name a few. Most notably, we drafted an Associations Act in line with international best practice and standards and held a symposium to bring stakeholders together to collectively lobby for a best practice NGO law in the Maldives.

Despite immense governance challenges for the country, and the precarious environment in which TM operates, TMs efforts to promote good governance and eliminate corruption has been possible through the tireless dedication of its staff, who continue to put in extraordinary effort, as well as our board members, who give their time and expertise to guide the work of TM.

TM is grateful for the generosity of its funders and the time given by volunteers and interns who have continued to believe in our cause.

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Annual Report 2014


Transparency Maldives  is seeking individuals/parties to develop a 3-day training program for civil society organisations.

Position title: Consultant
Expected period of commitment: 40 days
Application deadline: Saturday, 19 December 2015
Location: Malé, Maldives

View/download the full Terms of Reference 

1. Organisational background

Transparency Maldives (TM) is a non-partisan organization that endeavours to be a constructive force in society by promoting collaboration and discussion on corruption, transparency, and accountability. Our organization seeks to engage with stakeholders from all sectors (government, business, political and civil society, among others) to raise awareness of corruption’s detrimental effects on development and society, improve transparency and accountability in governance, and eliminate corruption from the daily lives of people. Transparency Maldives received formal government registration in 2007, and is the National Contact of Transparency International in the Maldives.

2. Purpose of the assignment

TM will be conducting a 3-day capacity building training program for civil society organisations (CSOs) from 45 islands. The main objective of the training program is to increase the skills and knowledge of CSOs on CSO role in governance and to undertake anti-corruption advocacy. The areas the training program will focus on are: financial management, project development, proposal writing, lobbying and community mobilisation, networking and coalition building, good governance, democracy promotion, anti-corruption, role of CSOs in participatory lawmaking, and laws and regulations related to CSOs.

The purpose of this consultancy is to produce training materials for the training program. This will include developing a facilitator’s guide to deliver the training sessions, developing training materials (handouts, PowerPoint presentations, activities, etc), and conducting a training for master trainers who will deliver the final training program to the beneficiary group.

How to apply: Qualified candidates are requested to submit an expression of interest along with CV(s), timeframe, samples of relevant previous work, and fees to fazla.abdulsamad@transparencymaldives.org by 19th December 2015.

Short-listed candidates may be contacted to seek additional clarification. If you are short-listed you will be notified by either phone or email.

Queries: For further information/clarification please contact Fazla Abdul-Samad via email at fazla.abdulsamad@transparencymaldives.org or on 330 4017.


As we mark International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December 2015, Transparency Maldives calls on the government to make strong commitments to fight corruption and to ensure political integrity in the Maldives.

Corruption is the biggest problem facing the Maldives today. The results of the 2015 Maldives Democracy Survey shows that 72% of the public believes that corruption has increased in the past year. Corruption continues to undermine development by promoting wastage, has eroded public confidence in key institutions and victimise vulnerable communities in Maldivian society.

With public confidence in the parliament, judiciary, executive and oversight bodies at an all time low, it is paramount that basic anti-corruption measures are obliged and enforced in order to restore public confidence in state institutions.

Transparency Maldives calls on the State to ensure the following.

1- As a measure to tackle illicit enrichment, enforce a credible asset declaration regime, with high-ranking officials in the executive, judiciary and legislature having to publicly declare their assets.

2- Create a safe environment for dissent to ensure that watchdogs, independent state institutions, opposition political parties, media and NGOs have the space to operate free from fear of persecution. In a healthy democracy these groups hold the state in check. In addition, citizens need to enjoy basic civil and political liberties to hold those that govern them accountable.

3- Corruption in the judiciary creates a cycle of crime, undermines access to justice and deprives victims of their right to a fair trial. The judicial sector of the Maldives need to undertake extraordinary measures to restore public confidence by adhering to international best practice and enforcement of anti-corruption measures.

4- The parliament of the Maldives is perceived as the most corrupt institution in the country according to the 2013 Global Corruption Barometer Survey. Allegations of vote buying within the parliament and illicit enrichment of MPs is widespread. Furthermore, there is limited public consultation in the law making process with the parliament increasingly becoming a vehicle to fast-track questionable laws and removal of public officials without due process.

We call on the parliament to work in the interest of the public by holding state institutions accountable and ensure greater transparency and inclusivity in the law making process. We call on relevant state institutions including the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Auditor General’s Office and the Prosecutor General’s Office to address the widespread allegations of corruption in the parliament.

Extraordinary measures need to be undertaken to tackle the scale of grand corruption in the Maldives. The level of impunity enjoyed by the powerful and the corrupt  in the Maldives, allows them to escape justice, undermines the rule of law and obstructs development. To win the fight against corruption, we need to create a culture of integrity and zero tolerance towards corruption.

ENDS.

View/download the statement in English.

Criminalising the offence of illicit enrichment is a matter or urgency in the Maldives. Several studies and surveys undertaken by Transparency Maldives to assess the public perception of corruption in the Maldives indicate the prevalence of grand corruption by officials at the upper echelons of the state. The Global Corruption Barometer Survey undertaken in 2013 indicate that while 97 percent of respondents believe that corruption is a problem at the public sector, the Parliament – followed closely by political parties and the judiciary – is perceived to be the most corrupt institution in the country. This finding corroborates with the Democracy Survey conducted in 2013, which found that representative institutions such as the Parliament are where the public have the least confidence. Allegations and speculations of corruption in the public sphere is common, particularly with regards to illicit enrichment in parliamentary floor crossing and Cabinet Ministers’ sudden increase in significant wealth.
View/download the position paper ‘Criminalising illicit enrichment to curb grand corruption in English and Dhivehi.


This month’s governance update will focus on legal proceedings conducted against Defence Minister Colonel (Retired) Nazim and Adhaalath Party leader, Sheikh Imran Abdulla. Both these cases are rife with issues warranting attention and concern. However, due to the fact that Sheikh Imran’s case has been given relatively little media coverage, it was felt appropriate that the section pertaining to him should be more extensive. TM was fortunate to be able to meet with a member of Sheikh Imran’s legal team to discuss the details of his detention and would like to thank them for their assistance.

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Youth constitutes a high percentage of the population of Maldives. Recent governments have increasingly been targeting their policies and programmes on the development of young people. Youth features heavily on the present Government’s manifesto as well,with a specific chapter devoted to youth, as well as youth considerations included in chapters related to other areas. However,  as with most other facilities and services in the country, entrenched and systemic illegal and corrupt practices impede equal access to these opportunities for young people.

The objective of this assessment was to undertake a situational analysis focusing on youth as victims of corruption, and areas where young people become victims of corruption, specifically focusing on the areas, of higher education, housing, employment, health services, and leadership and civic engagement. Key policy personnel from the sectors related to the assessment and youth groups were interviewed, as well as young people from across the country.

View/download ‘Youth, opportunities and corruption in the Maldives: A situational analysis’