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ADB-Maldives Partnership Strategy

The Government of the Maldives has been encouraging the population living in the outer atolls to relocate to the Greater Male’ Region to mitigate the pressure on the public sector budget in order to promote more efficient public expenditure on economic and social services.

In April 2016, the government requested ADB to shift the focus of its assistance to developing the Greater Male’ Region, including the construction of bridges to connect Male’, Villingili, Gulhi Falhu, and Thilafushi; and urban development for Phase 2 of Hulhumale’ Youth City. As a result, ADB and the government need to revisit the strategic priorities of the draft country partnership strategy (CPS) for the next 3 years.

Until the new CPS is prepared, the country operations business plan (COBP), 2017-2019 includes an indicative pipeline of priority projects supporting the development of the Greater Male’ Region based on a preliminary analysis of the government’s proposed projects, and detailed consultations with relevant officials.

The Access to Information Policy recognizes that transparency and accountability are essential to development effectiveness. It establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced.

The Accountability Mechanism provides a forum where people adversely affected by ADB-assisted projects can voice and seek solutions to their problems and report alleged noncompliance of ADB's operational policies and procedures.

In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.