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Climate Integrity Project

Climate Integrity Project (CIP) is a multi year project funded by the German Ministry of Environment (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety). Given that climate change is one of the biggest problems facing the world today, large sums of money are being invested in adaptation and mitigation projects across the world. The fear is that with the fast-track arrangements and the billions of dollars that are being pledged to the climate cause, this ‘climate money’ may be lost to corruption, if governance and capacity deficit exists. Undertaken simultaneously in 7 climate vulnerable countries and led by Transparency International, the overall aim of this project is to promote transparency, accountability and integrity in the governance of climate finance policy globally and nationally. In doing so, it is hoped that it will contribute to more effective, efficient and equitable climate finance which meets adaption and mitigation objectives as well as achieve greater climate policy legitimacy and better achievement of related poverty reduction and development goals. The project engages with climate governance stakeholders to raise awareness, capacity build and to better understand and contribute to the development of good governance standards in the institutions and processes that are responsible for climate finance.

 

BAARU Project

TM’s BAARU project is a multi-year project funded by the European Union (EU) and is designed to support and strengthen local governance systems in the Maldives. Adopting a multi-pronged approach, the project focuses on local government authorities and citizens to deepen democracy and enhance citizen participation in democratic processes, and to empower citizens for social accountability. Undertaken in partnership with Transparency International, the project will consolidate TM’s on-going and planned interventions to both empower and build the capacity of local authorities, civil society actors and citizens to promote social accountability, inclusive governance; and build partnerships among different stakeholders to effectively address local governance challenges in in the Maldives. The project will synergize across multiple activities in order to strengthen trust and dialogue between citizens and local governments, and empower local governments to act as catalysts for development and positive change in the communities they serve.

 

Elections Project

The Citizen Observation for Electoral Integrity Project (Elections Project) aims to mobilize citizen voice and participation for free and fair electoral processes, with a focus on the 2017-2018 election cycle. Activities under this project include observation of the 2017 Local Council Elections, long term observation in the run up to 2018 Presidential Elections, engaging with journalists on monitoring campaign finance, and a youth integrity camp among other activities. Furthermore, a multifunctional Election Advice Centre will be established to mobilize and engage with young people on civic/voter education through fun and informative activities; and to spearhead TMs election-related work during the 2017-2019 election cycle.

 

Project Human Rights

Project Human Rights aims to re-engage in human rights discourse in the Maldives and to widen democratic space and protect human rights in the Maldives through partnership building, collective lobbying and advocacy and outreach activities across the Maldives. PHR engages with civil society, human rights activists, and state institutions to improve the current human rights situation in the Maldives and to create a culture that is more conducive to human rights. Under PHR, mainstream media, social media avenues and training programs is for advocacy and lobbying on human rights issues and stories. During the project period, two human rights conferences will be to discuss the prevalent and urgent human rights issues in the country and to bring together multiple stakeholders to collectively find ways to address these issues. Although primarily focused on civil and political rights, PHR also engages in discourse relating to other human rights issues including issues of gender, migrant workers, housing, religious fundamentalism, health and education.

 

Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC)

The Advocacy & Legal Advice Center (ALAC) is a free legal advice center for victims and witnesses of corruption and human rights violation. ALAC acts as a platform for citizens to voice out their grievances and assists them in pursuing their complaints. It is hoped that with the help of ALAC, citizens are also empowered to translate their complaints into structural change. In addition to legal aid, ALAC also undertakes advocacy on broader reform for enhanced transparency, accountability and integrity of public institutions such as its work on right to information, and whistleblowing. Public campaigns highlighting individual stories, outreach programs to create citizen demand for social accountability and capacity building institutions through trainings are some of the activities that ALAC undertakes amongst a host of others.