Our work

Our work

End Poverty 2015

 

Challenges



Although Maldives has achieved remarkable economic growth and progression, the country continues to face many changes and challenges especially for children and youth; nurturing of a nascent democracy, withstanding and responding to the social and economic impact of the global economic crises, preparing for the impact of climate change, and adjusting to its recent graduation to a Middle Income Country status in 2011 among others. These challenges and opportunities also imply a strategic shift in the overall UN’s and in particular UNICEF’s cooperation to policy advocacy and guidance, access to knowledge, targeted technical support and a substantial scale-up in capacity development support. The following issues and its impact on children and young people are of particular concern to the Government and UNICEF:

  • For a country with middle-income status, the poverty rate is significant, with 51% of the population falling below it in 2009-10.
  • An estimated number of around 61,000 children are considered to be in the poverty threshold across the country
  • Youth unemployment is much higher than the over-all unemployment. Young males, 15-19 years old in the atolls had the highest unemployment rate at 52.3 % according to statistics of years 2009-2010
  • Stunting amongst children under 5 years of age is at 18.9%
  • The proportion of children 5-14 years of age working has increased from 26.2% in 2001 to 34.2% in 2009
  • The huge proportion of young age of drug users especially in the capital is significant with 48% of drug users between 15-19 years of age.
  • A widening gap between the rich and the poor and its possible implications on child survival, development, protection and participation

 

 

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