The Project was designed to address the poor electricity supply in the outer islands of the Maldives, where the majority of the country's poor resided and were constrained economically and socially, partly as a result of the poor electricity supply. The project was part of the least-cost development plan for the power sector of the outer islands and a high priority for the government. The project also formed part of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) strategy for regional development and poverty reduction for the outer islands of the Maldives.
The project aimed to improve electricity supply in 40 outer islands on a sustainable and affordable basis; thus, promote local economic development, improve the standard of living in the outer islands, and reduce the poverty and vulnerability of the outer island populations - thereby reducing the significant population pressure on the main island of Malé. This report validates the completion report's assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful