I applied to Transparency Maldives for an internship because I wanted to do something meaningful during my time back home for summer break from university studies. It proved to be an invaluable experience that helped to broaden my skill set and improve my understanding of the contemporary sociopolitical issues in the Maldives. The experience would not have been the same without my colleagues who were supportive and challenged me to get the most out of the internship.

Symposium on Freedom of Association

I did an array of different work during my three month internship at TM. I was able to improve my administrative skills by assisting to arrange advocacy stakeholder meetings undertaken to review the Association Act. I also did research based tasks such as heading a volunteer team to conduct interviews with Women’s Development Committees; and later in analyzing data.The highlight of my internship would probably be travelling with TM to conduct civic education workshops in Thaa atoll. This provided me with the chance to meet a lot of interesting people and in return learn from them as well. Towards the end of my internship I assisted in organizing the ‘Symposium on Freedom of Association’ which was challenging and at the same time very inspirational. Through my internship I gained valuable insight into how a civil society organisation engages at both policy level and grassroots level.

Aminath Saany Naseer
Civic Participation Project


2013 was an extremely challenging year for Transparency Maldives, yet in many ways, a successful year in terms of promoting transparency, fighting corruption and institutional growth. We were often in the spotlight as the only national election domestic observer group in a highly politicized and polarized environment, following the contentious transfer of power in February 2012. Some of the challenges TM faced include security issues, including death threats, threats of dissolutions from authorities; and balancing public expectations of TM.

Despite the challenges, in 2013, we successfully advocated for passage of an international best-practices Access to Information Act, established and trained a network of over 400 volunteers across Maldives and abroad, including Singapore, India, Sri Lanka and the UK. We also conducted the Maldives’ first ever systematic elections observation, helped 38 victims and witnesses of corruption to stand up against corruption and commenced work on a campaign to increase grassroots demand for access to information.

We grew our staff number from 15 in 2012 to 22 2013, launched three publications, including the Pre-Election Assessment Presidential Elections 2013, Global Corruption Barometer 2013, An Assessment of the Climate Finances and conducted studies for an access to information baseline survey and the state of democracy study.

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Annual Report 2013


Applications are now open for the 2015 Youth Integrity Camp!

Download/view the Youth Integrity Camp 2015 Application form.

Under the Youth Integrity Program, TM is conducting a 3 day Youth Integrity Camp from 20-22 January 2015, 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 16- 24 year olds, 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. Applicants are also required to be able to fully participate in all activities of the Youth Integrity Camp.

Deadline for submission of applications is 1800 hrs on December 24, 2014.

Send your applications along with your CV to naji.hameed@transparencymaldives.org. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted after the review process.


Approximately 51% of the Maldivian population is under the age of 25 (UNFPA, 2012) and is often an untapped resource that could identify needs, develop policies, provide long-term solutions and offer an intellectual capital. Transparency Maldives views this as an opportunity to engage a majority of the population in creating the demand for governance and integrity in public life. The Government of Maldives too, has identified increasing youth participation and empowerment as a high priority in shaping future strategies for development.

Under the Youth Integrity Program, TM seeks to understand the role young people can carve out to act as agents of change and increase youth awareness on corruption. This project is in line with the strategic priority areas of TM, which seeks to increase advocates for anti-corruption by mobilising young people.

The main goal of this project is to inculcate future leaders with integrity and develop advocates for anti-corruption. The project will contribute to achieving the following objectives:

  1. Increase understanding of youth issues and role in fighting corruption
  2. Empower, educate and engage youth in the fight against corruption
  3. Increase youth participation in decision making processes and establish their role as change makers

These objectives will be achieved through a series of activities. TM will conduct a 3 day Youth Integrity Camp to capacity build 30 young leaders on decision-making, resource mobilisation and communication skills with thematic focus on public policy, governance and youth mainstreaming. (Applications are now open for the Youth Integrity Camp 2015)

As a follow up of the Youth Integrity Camp, an integrity pledge will be signed by the 30 youth leaders forming a Youth Integrity Network (YIN) that will work as a network of young change makers in the fight against corruption. The YIN will then hold two youth forums in collaboration with the Maldives National University to discuss youth participation and other sub-themes identified through discussions among the YIN.

Under the Youth Integrity Program policy workshops will be conducted between policy makers and youth stakeholders to create dialogue on youth mainstreaming policies, explore opportunities for collaboration and increase youth participation in decision making processes.


Interning for Transparency Maldives for two months during university holidays allowed me to improve my skills and gain experience at an organization making a significant impact in our society. Although I expected my time in TM to be a lot of paperwork and filing cabinets (as per all intern jobs) I was quickly proven wrong by a very supportive team around whom it was hard to feel like an intern; I not only felt like I was being listened to, but that what I said made an impact in the project. Throughout my entire time with Transparency Maldives, I was given engaging and meaningful work that made me feel like I was not only learning, but actively contributing to the organization’s goals.


Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative Right to Information Conference 2014, held in Kurumba Maldives


Sara facilitated a Democracy Talks session for students in Addu Atoll Education Centre

My time in TM coincided with a series of Monitoring and Evaluation trips around Maldives, and I was excited to accompany the team on two of them: to S.Meedhoo and Gn.Fuvahmulah. Both of the trips were an opportunity to learn about a more practical hands-on side of the work TM does and of course, a much deserved break from the office! The trips gave me crucial knowledge into how community projects and nonprofit organizations worked. I particularly enjoyed co-facilitating Democracy Talks in the schools as it was a chance to engage with the children and raise awareness about positive citizens and democracy.The chance to help in the organization of an international symposium on the Right to Information towards the end of my internship was definitely the highlight of my time in TM. Overseeing the logistical details of the conference was particularly demanding, educational and rewarding.

Sara Naseem
Civic Participation Project Intern


Transparency Maldives is organising a poster competition themed “Corruption Robs Us All” to commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day – 9th December 2014.

You should articulate and draw attention to corruption and its detrimental affects on people on their everyday life. You can focus on separate sectors (e.g. youth, women, health, education, housing, etc) or on development generally.
Who can take part in the Competition?
  • The competition is open for everyone.
How to submit your poster: 
  • You must send in your posters with entry form on or before 30th November 2014 by 5:00pm, to the following address:
                                        Transparency Maldives
                                        7th Floor, MF Building
                                        Chandhanee Magu
                                        Male’, Maldives
For more information, call 300 4017 or mail to alac@transparencymaldives.org
What are the rules of the Competition?
  • Posters must incorporate creative and original artwork and ideas. Depictions of cartoon, video game, and movie/television characters; celebrities; movie themes; and past poster designs do not constitute creativity and originality;
  • Posters must be no larger than A2 (59.4 X 42 cm) and no smaller than A4 (29.7 X 21 cm).
  • You should refrain from writing your name or other identifying information on the front of your poster;
  • Your poster can be designed using illustration, photography, typography, mixed media or any graphic design technique you choose.
  • Avoid using any copyrighted or trademarked materials or objects as elements of your design. Computer clip art, pictures from magazines and other print media, or any other copyrighted brand or product images will not be accepted;
  • By submitting a poster, participants give permission for their work to be displayed at various Transparency Maldives events, in publications and promotional material, and in electronic format on the internet;
  • Failure to comply with the guidelines could result in a disqualification of the poster.
  • Scanned files should be not more than 5MB and not less than 1MB.
Selection and Prize:
  • The posters will be judged based on the following criteria
1. Relation to the theme – 30%
2. Artistry – 10%
3. Creativity – 20%
4. Originality – 10%
5. Ability to communicate a clear and positive message – 30%
  • The winning entries shall receive the following prize:
                                     First prize: MVR 7,000
                                     Second Prize: MVR 4,000
                                     Third Prize: MVR 2,500
  • Selected posters will be displayed at an exhibition to commemorate the 2014 Anti-Corruption Day.

 


Transparency Maldives is seeking an individual or a firm based in the Maldives to develop and design our 2015 Desktop Calendar.

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I. Background

Transparency Maldives (TM) is looking to create a calendar based on corruption and its impact on peoples daily lives in order to raise greater awareness about corruption within the general public.

II. Scope of work

The selected party will get familiarized with the different concepts of corruption and governance and will work in close coordination with TM to provide deliverables as follows:

  1. Develop and design 2015 desktop calendar  (single design)

We will be conducting an information session for interested parties on Thursday, November 09, 2014 at 1500 hrs.

You are requested to indicate your interest in attending the information session by email to naji.hameed@transparencymaldives.org complete with contact details and portfolio, before 1000 hrs on November 09, 2014.


Position: Youth Integrity Network Intern
Minimum period of commitment: 3 months
Application deadline: 1400 hrs, 09 November 2014
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I. Position summary:
The intern will work on the Youth Integrity Network (YIN) project to assist with desk research on youth policy, development and implementation of a youth leadership program and conducting youth policy workshops with government stakeholders. YIN will capacity build young people to promote discourse on integrity and good governance and to inform policy making.
II. Key tasks:
– Assist in developing a situational analysis of youth
– Assist during the Youth Leadership Program
– Assist during the stakeholder workshops
III. Application procedure:
Send mail to naji.hameed@transparencymaldives.org before the closing date, clearly stating why you are interested and suitable for the post and an updated curriculum vitae with your contact details. Please contact Project Coordinator, Najiya Hameed (phone: 3304017, email: naji.hameed@transparencymaldives.org) for any inquiries.

Transparency Maldives is seeking an individual or a firm based in the Maldives to develop and design our 2015 Desktop Calendar.

View/download Terms of Reference

I. Background

Transparency Maldives (TM) is looking to create a calendar based on corruption and its impact on peoples daily lives in order to raise greater awareness about corruption within the general public.

II. Scope of work

The selected party will get familiarized with the different concepts of corruption and governance and will work in close coordination with TM to provide deliverables as follows:

  1. Develop and design 2015 desktop calendar  (single design)

We will be conducting an information session for interested parties on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 1500 hrs.

You are requested to indicate your interest in attending the information session by email to naji.hameed@transparencymaldives.org complete with contact details and portfolio, before 1000 hrs on October 30, 2014.


Position: Youth Integrity Network Intern
Minimum period of commitment: 3 months
Application deadline: 1400 hrs, 30 October 2014
Download full Terms of Reference
I. Position summary:
The intern will work on the Youth Integrity Network (YIN) project to assist with desk research on youth policy, development and implementation of a youth leadership program and conducting youth policy workshops with government stakeholders. YIN will capacity build young people to promote discourse on integrity and good governance and to inform policy making.
II. Key tasks:
– Assist in developing a situational analysis of youth
– Assist during the Youth Leadership Program
– Assist during the stakeholder workshops
III. Application procedure:
Send mail to naji.hameed@transparencymaldives.org before the closing date, clearly stating why you are interested and suitable for the post and an updated curriculum vitae with your contact details. Please contact Project Coordinator, Najiya Hameed (phone: 3304017, email: naji.hameed@transparencymaldives.org) for any inquiries.

 

Application deadline extended from 18 to 22 October 2014

Vacancy: Communication and Project Coordinator

 

I. Position Summary

The Communication and Project Coordinator will be a core member of the Transparency Maldives team, and will manage one of TM’s projects.  She or he will also be responsible for the development and implementation of Transparency Maldives’ communications strategy and relationship building with stakeholders.

II. Key Roles and Responsibilities

1. Lead and organize consultative workshops with stakeholders.
2. Undertake research and develop position papers on issues relevant to Transparency Maldives’ cause.
3. Event-manage a multi-stakeholder symposium.
4. Manage consultants and set research specifications.
5. Coordinate media relations including drafting press advisories, press releases, coordinating interviews, monitoring media coverage, coordinating responses to journalists’ inquiries and media requests in close collaboration with the Advocacy and Communications Manager and the Executive Director.
6. Coordinate the dissemination of Transparency Maldives’ key messages, advocacy tools and other products, including outreach activities for dissemination of messages. Preparation of communication and promotional multi-media materials.
7. Manage and develop content for Transparency Maldives’ websites and databases.
8. Collate information relating to corruption and good governance in the Maldives and keep informed of developments and trends in the field.
9. Represent TM at media engagements when required.

III. Key Attributes:

Required
• A high level of personal integrity
• A Bachelors degree in communication, journalism, development studies, international relations or any other related field OR 5 year work experience in a similar position
• Excellent written and oral communications skills in both Dhivehi and English
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with a team
• Diligence, ability to pay attention to detail
• Strong commitment to Transparency Maldives’ and Transparency International’s values and standards
• Proven record of ability to take initiative to develop and complete tasks
• Ability to establish priorities, work independently, and proceed with objectives without supervision

Desired

• Master’s degree in communication, journalism, development studies or international relations
• Familiarity with managing websites and databases
• Experience of project management
• Experience of working with high level stakeholders
Closing date for applications: 22nd October 2014

For more details, view/download the vacancy announcement


The current Associations Act and regulations adversely affects the formation and running of civil society organizations due to the ineffective and bureaucratic system that does not distinguish between foundations, charities, sports clubs, NGO’s, CBO’s and federations and imposes one set of rules on all associations leading to administrative and governance difficulties; a legal framework from 2003 that does not take into account the expansive Bill of Rights enshrined in the Chapter Two of the 2008 Constitution of Maldives 2008; no provisions and systems in the current administrative and legal framework.

Work is underway in reforming the Associations Act in oder to develop and foster an enabling environment for the civil society to flourish.The governance, transparency and functioning of CBO’s will improve if the systemic issues in the regulatory framework are addressed.

Comments and recommendations on 2003 Associations Act addresses several legal issues with the 2003 Associations Act of the Maldives.

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