The Maldives, a poster child country for the global climate movement, is one of the most vulnerable countries to the ill effects of climate change. On average lying just 1.5 meters above mean sea level, the

Maldives is vulnerable to rising sea level and coastal flooding. In recent years the Maldives has received significant amount of funds, in the form of grants and loans from various international donors and organizations, to aid the country in its efforts to combat the negative effects of climate change.

Between 2011-2013 it is estimated that the Maldives spent USD 2.87 million from its national budget for various climate adaptation and mitigation activities. A further USD 168.17 million is committed for various adaptation and mitigation activities through externally funded grants and loans for the period 2011-2017.3

The large amount of funds coming into the country for climate change mitigation and adaptation poses questions on the governance mechanisms established to safeguard climate funds for its intended purpose. How effective are the anti corruption safeguards in the country in monitoring the use of climate funds? How inclusive and transparent is the decision making process of climate funds? How does the government approve and prioritize areas for climate change projects?

Through Transparency Maldives’ Climate Finance Integrity Program, it is hoped that these questions on transparency, accountability, integrity and inclusivity of climate funds would be addressed through advocacy and awareness-raising, and by engaging the public in the discourse.

Read TM’s position paper on Climate Finance Governance in Maldives in English and Dhivehi.


This review is undertaken with the aim to provide an update on major developments in climate finance governance in the Maldives since the publication of the assessment in 2013. With the change in government in November 2013 and the subsequent political reshuffling, significant changes have been observed in climate policies and the governance framework of climate finance. Through consultation with relevant stakeholders and review of developments in policies and legislation, the following is a brief overview of the changes observed in climate funders, policies, governance structure, procurement, coordination, implementation and monitoring. This review does not seek to alter the assessments, findings and recommendations of the 2013 assessment.

Read the full review An Assessment of Climate Finance Governance in Maldives: New Edition 2015


Job Title: Research Officer (full­time)
Location: Male’, Maldives with occasional travel
Remuneration: Negotiable, depending on experience and qualifications
Start date: Immediate

View/download the Terms of Reference.

1. Organizational Background

Transparency Maldives is a non­political 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 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

The Research Officer will be a core member of Transparency Maldives, and will undertake the research component of one of TM’s projects.  She or he will also be responsible for organizing focus group interviews and consultations with various stakeholders, undertaking media and data analysis, and produce research materials.

3. Key Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Organize consultations with stakeholders.
  2. Develop monthly bulletins and case studies.
  3. Network and build partnership with relevant stakeholders.
  4. Undertake qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
  5. Support the Project Coordinator to ensure that project activities are completed.
  6. Collect data for monitoring and evaluation of the project activities based on set indicators, and prepare reports for the donor and senior management.
  7. Draft press advisories, press releases, coordinate interviews, monitor media coverage, coordinate responses to journalists’ inquiries and media requests in close collaboration with the project team and the Executive Director.
  8. Support the Project Coordinator to disseminate Transparency Maldives’ key messages, advocacy tools and other products, including outreach activities for dissemination of messages.
  9. Prepare communication and promotional multi-media materials relevant to the project.
  10. Collate information relating to corruption and good governance in the Maldives and keep informed of developments and trends in the field.
  11. Represent TM at media engagements when required.

Closing date for applications:  20 August 2015

Duration of Contract: An initial fixed-term contract of 9 months (with a three month probation period) with the possibility of extension depending on performance.

Application and selection procedures: Please e-mail the following documents addressed to Ms. Mariyam Shiuna, Executive Director to munthaha@transparencymaldives.org. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

  • Covering letter explaining your suitability for the role
  • Recent curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact details of two referees

Job Title: Project Coordinator (full­time)
Location: Male’, Maldives with occasional travel
Remuneration: Negotiable, depending on experience and qualifications
Start date: Immediate

View/download the Terms of Reference.

1. Organizational Background

Transparency Maldives is a non­political 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 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

The Project Coordinator will be a core member of Transparency Maldives, and will coordinate one of TMs projects. She or he will also be responsible for organizing trainings and stakeholder consultations; networking and building partnerships; and ensuring all project activities is implemented effectively.

3. Key Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Organize and facilitate trainings and consultations with stakeholders.
  2. Network and build partnership with relevant stakeholders.
  3. Supervise interns and project team members.
  4. Develop the work plan and communication plan relevant to the project.
  5. Keep updated on developments in the judicial sector of the Maldives.
  6. Collect data for monitoring and evaluation of the project activities based on set indicators, and prepare reports for the donor and senior management.
  7. Draft specifications for consultancies and manage consultants.
  8. Prepare financial and narrative report for donors and the senior management; and act as the main point of contact for the donor.
  9. Draft press advisories, press releases, coordinate interviews, monitor media coverage, coordinate responses to journalists’ inquiries and media requests in close collaboration with the project team and the Executive Director.
  10. Disseminate Transparency Maldives’ key messages, advocacy tools and other products, including outreach activities for dissemination of messages.
  11. Prepare communication and promotional multi-media materials relevant to the project.
  12. Collate information relating to corruption and good governance in the Maldives and keep informed of developments and trends in the field.
  13. Represent TM at media engagements when required.

Closing date for applications:  20 August 2015

Duration of Contract: An initial fixed-term contract of 6 months (with a three month probation period) with the possibility of extension depending on performance.

Application and selection procedures: Please e-mail the following documents addressed to Ms. Mariyam Shiuna, Executive Director to munthaha@transparencymaldives.org. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

  • Covering letter explaining your suitability for the role
  • Recent curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact details of two referees

Transparency Maldives is developing advocacy materials in the area of climate finance governance in the Maldives and seeks the services of a translator to translate advocacy materials from English to Dhivehi.

View/download the Invitation for Expression of Interest.

I. Organisational context

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 (TI) in the Maldives.

II. Dhivehi Translator

Transparency Maldives is developing advocacy materials in the area of climate finance governance in the Maldives.

Transparency Maldives seeks the services of a translator to translate a brochure, two case studies and a position paper from English to Dhivehi.

a) Terms and responsibilities

  • The contractor shall translate the Brochure (approximately 8 pages of text), 2 case studies (each of 5 pages) and the position paper (approximately 6 pages of text)  from English to Dhivehi, including captions, charts, graphs and infographs.
  • The contractor shall provide the translated document in Microsoft Word.

b) Timeframe

  • Completion of the final work within 10 days of signing the contract.

c) Required qualifications

  • Excellent knowledge of Dhivehi translation.
  • Proven experience in translating from English to Dhivehi.

III. Submission

Closing date: Before 6 pm, Tuesday 21 July 2015.Application: Submit a letter of interest with CV, quotation, and samples of previous work via email to ibahath@transparencymaldives.org addressed to Aishath Ibahath (Project Coordinator, Climate Finance Integrity Project).

Queries: Please email Aishath Ibahath if further information is required.


Democracy Camp 2
29th August 2015 – 4th September 2015
View/download the Call for Applications in English and Dhivehi
View/download the Application Form in English and Dhivehi

Transparency Maldives in partnership with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is conducting Democracy Camp 2 from 29th August – 04th September 2015. The 6-day camp will be held at a Kaafu Girifushi.

The primary goal of the camp is to enhance the participants’ knowledge on civic education, rights and responsibilities of a citizen, democracy, human rights and various social issues. The camp will aim to provide participants with the knowledge and tools to actively engage in community initiatives and encourage responsible citizenship and civic engagement.

The main content of the training would include (but will not be limited to):

– Democratic principles
– Human Rights
– Civic participation and engagement
– Tolerance, ethics and learning to live together
– Leadership and life skills

1. About organizers
Transparency Maldives
Transparency Maldives is a non–partisan organization that promotes good governance and advocates to eliminate corruption from the daily lives of the Maldivian people. Transparency Maldives engages in a wide range of activities to incorporate and advocate for good governance, stop corruption and to promote democracy and civic participation at the local and national level. Transparency Maldives seeks to engage with stakeholders from all sectors (government, business, politics, civil society, media, among others) to raise awareness on corruption’s detrimental effects on development and society.

IFES
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is an international, nonprofit organization that supports citizens’ right to participate in free and fair elections by providing technical assistance to election officials; empowering the underrepresented to participate in the political process; and applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle. Since 1987, IFES has developed and implemented comprehensive, collaborative democracy solutions in more than 135 countries. IFES is implementing a program to provide civic education for young people, promote women’s political participation and promote the integrity of electoral and political processes through electoral reform.

2. Overall Objectives
− Increase knowledge of human rights, democratic principles and civic participation amongst young people.
− Promote youth leadership, civic engagement, and participation in public life by providing youth with the skills to take initiative and engage in issues important to them.

 3. Application
Interested applicants between 14-16 years of age are invited to submit a completed application form, copies of recent academic certificates/report cards and copy of ID card to the following:

Email: application@transparencymaldives.org

Post Address:

Transparency Maldives
MF Building, 07th Floor
Chaandhanee Magu, Male’
Fax: 300, 6062

The deadline for applications for the camp is 15th August 2015, 4:00 pm.

4.Contact Us
Project Coordinator
Shifza Omar
Tel no: 330 4017
Email: application@transparencymaldives.org
Website: www.transparency.mv


Transparency Maldives under the Parliament Accountability Project conducted in the hope of increasing public understanding of the Parliament’s role, function and practices, and, by extension, generate public demand for Parliament accountability and transparency, undertook a baseline research on floor crossing in the Maldives.

As an organization that focuses on good governance and the elimination of corruption in the Maldives, it is imperative that Transparency Maldives’ interventions focus on building public confidence in key representative institutions such as the Parliament. Floor crossing is an issue that is often discussed in the Maldives alongside speculation of corruption in the process of floor crossing. However, there is limited understanding of why and how floor crossing occurs, and how public perceives this.

Corruption, particularly grand corruption, is endemic in the Maldives but there is no evidence to suggest that with every party defection or floor crossing there is a flow of illicit enrichment behind it. However, considering the lack of transparency in asset disclosure by public officials in the Maldives, coupled with the public perception that corruption is high in the Parliament, it is important that best practices are adhered to, in order to ensure that floor crossing does not open a gateway for illicit enrichment and becomes a reason for public to lose trust in the Parliament.

Transparency Maldives undertook this research on the basis that understanding of public perception on floor crossing will provide insight into why the public lacks confidence in the Parliament. It is hoped that international best practices and case studies of defection laws and practice in other countries will broaden stakeholder understanding of floor crossing and provide a baseline to take the discussion forward.

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Baseline Research on Floor Crossing in the Maldives


Transparency Maldives under the Parliament Accountability Project conducted in the hope of increasing public understanding of the Parliament’s role, function and practices, and, by extension, generate public demand for Parliament accountability and transparency, undertook a baseline research on floor crossing in the Maldives.

As an organization that focuses on good governance and the elimination of corruption in the Maldives, it is imperative that Transparency Maldives’ interventions focus on building public confidence in key representative institutions such as the Parliament.

Floor crossing is an issue that is often discussed in the Maldives alongside speculation of corruption in the process of floor crossing. However, there is limited understanding of why and how floor crossing occurs, and how public perceives this.

Corruption, particularly grand corruption, is endemic in the Maldives but there is no evidence to suggest that with every party defection or floor crossing there is a flow of illicit enrichment behind it. However, considering the lack of transparency in asset disclosure by public officials in the Maldives, coupled with the public perception that corruption is high in the Parliament, it is important that best practices are adhered to, in order to ensure that floor crossing does not open a gateway for illicit enrichment and becomes a reason for public to lose trust in the Parliament.

Transparency Maldives undertook this research on the basis that understanding of public perception on floor crossing will provide insight into why the public lacks confidence in the Parliament. It is hoped that international best practices and case studies of defection laws and practice in other countries will broaden stakeholder understanding of floor crossing and provide a baseline to take the discussion forward.

View/download the Baseline Research on Floor Crossing the Maldives in English and Dhivehi

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Baseline Research on Floor Crossing in the Maldives


Position title: Consultant
Expected period of commitment: 25 days
Application deadline: Thursday, 9 July 2015
Location: Male’, Maldives

View/download the Terms of Reference

1. Organization Background

Transparency Maldives (TM) is a non-profit, 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 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.

Under TMs “Promoting transparency and accountability through right to information” project funded by the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit, TM aims to undertake further advocacy, training and lobbying to support the successful implementation of the Right to Information Act.

2. Background to the assignment.

One of the key areas of TMs work is focused on promoting access to information for increased transparency and accountability in order to build public confidence in institutions and pillars of the state. We work to empower people to utilize access to information as a tool to eliminate corruption in day-to-day life by creating a strong access to information regime. In the past, TM has worked under different projects, advocating for a best practice Right to Information (RTI) Act that was passed in December 2013 and ratified in January 2014, and training stakeholders across the country to increase awareness on the processes for implementing the legislation. Building on this, TM plans to review and provide recommendations on the new RTI Regulation.

3. Purpose of the Assignment

TM is seeking the services of a consultant to conduct a comprehensive review of the Maldives RTI Regulation through a consultative process to improve the Regulation based on the existing RTI Act, and produce a revised draft of the RTI Regulation. The consultant will work closely with TM and relevant authorities throughout the assignment.

4. Responsibilities of the consultant

  • Review of international, regional RTI Acts, Guidelines and Regulations, in particular from areas of strong access to information regimes and compare with the Maldives RTI Regulation.
  • Explore possible improvements, to the Maldives RTI Regulation taking on board progressive modalities of RTI Regulations and Guidelines.
  • Conduct consultations with national stakeholders, in particular the Information Commissioner’s Office and relevant partners of TM.
  • Make recommendations to strengthen the Regulation, adopting international and regional standards with specific considerations of national processes and structures.

5. Duration of the Assignment: 25 days, with expected start date in 16 July 2015. The consultant is expected to be in Malé, Maldives for the duration of the assignment.

6. Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree in Law, preferably with a Postgraduate/Master’s qualification.
  • Ability to research, analyze and synthesize policies and regulations
  • Ability to clearly and concisely express ideas and concepts in written and oral form.
  • Excellent spoken and written English and Dhivehi.
  • Excellent translation skills from Dhivehi to English and vice versa.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to set priorities and manage time.
  • Experience in legal drafting.

Closing date for applications: Before 4:00pm, Thursday 9 July 2015.

Application and selection procedures:

Interested applicants are kindly requested to submit a CV, Expression of Interest stating why the applicant is suitable for the position, the timeframe, fee, and names of two referees to Executive Director, Mariyam Shiuna at mariyam.shiuna@transparencymaldives.org.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. If you are short-listed you will be notified by either phone or email.


To President, Cabinet Ministers, Members of the Parliament, Members of constitutional bodies, Members of institutions, and officials of state-owned enterprises:

We write this petition to request you to declare and publicly disclose your assets in order to enhance transparency and integrity of public officials, and to increase public trust in the state and oversight bodies. We believe asset declarations are crucial in ensuring that personal interests of public officials do not conflict with their duties and responsibilities. Asset declarations also help to identify cases of illicit enrichment, so that a public official may legitimately be held accountable. Therefore, we call on you to declare your assets in accordance with the law, and to disclose your assets by publishing on the website of your respective offices.

Call on your public officials to declare and disclose their assets to the public, sign the petition!

Why this is important

Asset declaration requires a certain category of public officials––also identified as “politically exposed persons” to describe individuals entrusted with prominent public functions––to disclose their financial and business interests. The principle goal of asset declaration is to combat corruption––in particular, illicit enrichment––and promote transparency and accountability of the governance system.

The Maldivian Constitution requires the President, Cabinet Ministers, Members of the Parliament, and Judges to annually submit their financial and business interests. Members of constitutional bodies such as the Anti-Corruption Commission, Judicial Service Commission and Elections Commission are also required to submit their asset declaration documents. However, there is no legal provision for the following officials to submit their declarations:

  • Vice President
  • Auditor General
  • Information Commissioner
  • Members of other constitutional bodies such as Human Rights Commission of the Maldives and Civil Service Commission
  • Members of institutions such as Maldives Media Council, Maldives Broadcasting Commission, Police Integrity Commission, and Customs Integrity Commission
  • Officials of state-owned enterprises

While this is one key weakness of the current asset declaration regime, other key weaknesses include lack of accountability and lack of transparency.

Despite the constitutional provisions that mandate some public officials to declare their assets, there are no punitive measures legally prescribed to those who violate this provision. This lack of accountability puts these public officials above the law and encourages a culture of impunity to thrive unchecked. While some officials submit the documents regularly, others do not submit at all, thus rendering the system ineffective.

Furthermore, the main objective of asset declaration is to enhance transparency and integrity of public officials and restore the trust of citizens in the government and oversight bodies. The fulfilment of this objective, however, is currently impossible since the declared information is not made available to the public. Public disclosure gives the media, civil society groups, and the wider public an increased role in holding public officials to account.



Photo: Munshid Mohamed

Transparency Maldives notes with concern the amendments to the Employment Act passed by the Parliament that excludes migrant workers from Ramadan bonus.

The amendment constitutes as discrimination on the basis of nationality and is in clear violation of the International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions and the rights enunciated by the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights (UDHR) to which Maldives is a signatory to.

All workers deserves the same level of amenities and employment benefits regardless of which country they are from.

View/download the letter Transparency Maldives sent to the Speaker of the People’s Majlis regarding the amendments to the Employment Act.


Transparency Maldives seeks the services of a consultant to develop three case studies on corruption, with a special focus on asset declaration, illicit enrichment, and undue advantage.

Position title:
Consultant
Expected period of commitment: 17 days
Application deadline: 5pm, 2 June 2015
Location: Malé, Maldives

View/download the Terms of Reference

1. Organisation 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. Assignment background

In 2014, Transparency Maldives published the National Integrity System (NIS) assessment report. The report describes the status of the 12 pillars of the Maldivian National Integrity System in terms of their capacity, governance, and specific roles in fighting corruption. These aspects are analysed in relation to the strength of the Maldivian legal framework and the institutional practices in place in the country.

The results of the NIS assessment shows the striking difference between the theoretical legal framework and the practical application of law in the Maldives and highlights the overall weak efforts of all institutions in fulfilling their role to fight corruption. The NIS assessment approach used in this report provides a framework to analyse both the vulnerabilities of a given country to corruption and effectiveness of national anti-corruption efforts.

Transparency Maldives is currently running a project focused on connecting the NIS assessment outcomes with advocacy and policy reform initiatives. The two main objectives of this advocacy efforts are: 1) raising awareness among institutions on asset declaration and increase public pressure for asset declaration; 2) capacity build media and increase media role in addressing corruption.

3. Competencies and skills
a— Background in journalism, political science, law, or related social science discipline.
b— Strong knowledge of the country’s governance system.
c— Familiarity with transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption discourse.
d— Ability to research, analyse, and synthesise information for a non-academic audience.
e— Ability to clearly and concisely express ideas and concepts in written form for a non-academic audience.
f— Creative thinking, drive for results, and strong commitment.
g— Good interpersonal skills and ability to set priorities and manage time.

Journalism students are strongly encouraged to apply.


Closing date for applications:
Before 5pm, 2 June 2015.
Application and selection procedures: Interested applicants are kindly requested to submit:
1 ) CV, including names of two referees; 2 ) Expression of Interest stating why the applicant is suitable for the position and indicating the number of case studies the applicant can commit to, and 3 ) Samples of previous work, to Project Coordinator, Fazla Abdul-Samad at fazla.abdulsamad@transparencymaldives.org. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. If you are short-listed you will be notified by either phone or email.

Queries: Please email Fazla Abdul-Samad if further information is required.