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The overall goal of the 2016 - 2020 Country Programme is to support the Government of Maldives to achieve the rights of all children, especially the most vulnerable. In line with the national development priorities of the country, UNICEF contributes to the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2016–2020, particularly Outcome 1: Children and youth access and use equitable, inclusive and quality social services, and have increased opportunities for skills development. In line with the UNICEF Strategic Plan 2018–2021, the programme will leverage the organization’s convening role to build partnerships with key social sectors and partners at all levels. The programme design adopts an evidence-based, policy advocacy and institutional strengthening approach in addressing the barriers that affect the most disadvantaged. The programme also facilitates the acceleration of efforts towards achievement of unmet Sustainable Development Goals (2015 -targets.

The country programme will incorporate gender equality and implement the UNICEF Gender Action Plan by addressing social and cultural norms with corresponding interventions using an equity-focused approach. The country programme will focus on two outcomes:

  1. Outcome 1: Inclusive, equitable and quality social services for children (and adolescents), especially the most disadvantaged and vulnerable are improved by 2020
  2. Outcome 2: Evidence generated for policy advocacy for inclusion in social services by 2020

Refer to Country Programme Document for details.

The target programme component results to be achieved in the 2016-2020 Country Programme include:

  • Comprehensive mechanism for child and adolescent nutrition interventions strengthened, especially in the regions with high malnutrition rates
  • Policies and strategies for implementation and monitoring of inclusive and equitable child health programmes developed and implemented
  • Strengthen implementation and monitoring of inclusive, and gender-sensitive education
  • Alternative education system for the most vulnerable children established and operational
  • Child protection system effectively prevents and responds to violence against children and children in conflict with the law, and for prevention of drug abuse
  • Effective national coordination and monitoring mechanism operational for timely response to violence against children and children in conflict with the law
  • Systems for generating evidence and monitoring are strengthened at national and sub-national levels for inclusive and equitable policies, plans and services, especially for the most disadvantaged
  • Policies, plans and services, especially for the most disadvantaged
  • Child- and gender-sensitive disaster-resilient and climate change adaptation plans institutionalized and operational at subnational levels
  • Media and partnerships established and effectively promote child rights with a focus on equity




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