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ICT4D resources on Maldives

Quick Facts

Total population 
394,451 (July 2012 est.)          
GDP per capita

USD $8,800 (2011 est.)
(exchange rate: 1 USD = MVR 14.60)

Key economic sectors by contribution to GDP

Tourism, fishing

Fixed-line telephones per 100 inhabitants

7.52 (2011)

Mobile phone subscribers per 100 inhabitants 165.72 (2011)
Internet users per 100 inhabitants
34 (2011)
Broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants 6.37 (2011)
Domain names registered under .mv

Source: Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2009/2010

Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2007/2008

Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2005/2006

ICT at a Glance (World Bank)

ICT in Education (UNESCO)


ITU: ICT Data and Statistics (IDS) 


Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)

Public Administration Country Profile (UNPAN)

General Resources

Country Profile (BBC)

Development Gateway's Country Resources

The Economist's Country Briefing

The World Factbook (CIA)

Gender Equity and the Use of ICT in Education

This essay on gender equity and the use of ICTs in education looks at how ICTs are being used by girls and women in the education space in the focus countries. Gender disparity is a critical issue in all focus countries, except perhaps the Maldives and Sri Lanka to an extent. Most countries in the region are characterized by low female literacy levels, lower participation in the labor force, and lower representation in the administrative and political arena. This essay discusses the potential of ICTs for ensuring gender equity as well as the policy level decisions required to mainstream gender in the initiatives and schemes formulated by the government. It profiles a few initiatives in the different focus countries where ICTs are being used either to promote education among girls and women or to improve their livelihood chances.

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Developing South Asia: Lessons & Insights

This publication, the first of South Asia Department’s South-South learning series, aims to showcase lessons, replicable practices, and other insights which development practitioners can learn from, and apply in, the context of their respective countries. Projects discussed here represent various sectors such as energy, urban development, transport, information and communications technology (ICT), irrigation, and disaster risk reduction. The selection of the projects showcased in this publication was based on their implementation or completion within the last ten years, an overall rating of either Highly Satisfactory or Satisfactory in their project completion reports, representation of all developing member countries in South Asia, representation of major sectors of ADB operations in South Asia, and the achievement of exemplary and significant results vis-à-vis their respective project components as documented in the project completion reports.

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Survey on ICTs for Education in India and South Asia

Survey on ICTs for Education in India and South Asia

The main objective of the Survey is to create a consolidated source of information on the experiences of using ICTs for Education in the South Asian region, as a baseline for future work, and to provide a framework of reference for policy-makers.

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ICT for Disaster Management: Real life examples

This compilation of case studies explores some of the sound practices in the Asia-Pacific region in applications of information, communication and space technology for effective and efficient disaster risk reduction and management.

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Maldives Seventh National Development Plan (2006-2010): Creating New Opportunities

Part III - Spatial Development on Information Communication Technology (page 90-93) outlines briefly the ten main policies and strategies on Information Communication Technology in Maldives.

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Maldives Science and Technology Master Plan: Information Technology

This chapter of the Maldives Science and Technology Master Plan examines the state of information technology within Government and addresses the relationship between information technology and communications. It develops a number of recommendations to aid Government in taking best advantage of technological changes. It provides a high level view of the type of organization that will be needed to guide and administer technology deployment within Government, and outlines a standards framework through which this can be accomplished.

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