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Three World Bank Grants Awarded for Community Outreach in the Maldives

June 17, 2011



COLOMBO, June 17, 2011 – Three civil society organizations won grants of US$ 10,000 each, to implement community outreach programs aimed at creating public awareness on managing solid waste in the Maldives.

The program titled “Creating Public Awareness on Managing Solid Waste in the Maldives” is funded by the World Bank Civil Society Fund (CSF) 2011. The goal of the Civil Society Fund (CSF) is to empower and enable citizens to take initiatives to enhance and influence development outcomes.

“Civil Society Fund is all about establishing development partnerships that would continue beyond the life of a one year project,” said Diarietou Gaye, World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives. “We are happy to support three innovative proposals from the Maldives and hope the little support will go a long way in helping the island community manage its waste better.”

This year’s recipients and projects are:

Live & Learn Environmental Education - This project provides an opportunity for awareness creation and dissemination of practical knowledge and information on Solid Waste Management through the development and dissemination of short video clips on how to sort and segregate waste, how to reduce waste, how to reuse waste (eg: making bags out of old clothes) and how to recycle waste (composting).

Naifaru Juvenile - A series of awareness campaigns to generate public awareness on managing their waste better in the island of Lhaviyani Naifaru. The project will work with local authorities.

Bluepeace, Maldives – The project aims to compile and publish a “Handbook on Solid Waste Management for Local Governments in Maldives”. The Handbook will encourage sustainable waste management practices/methods as well as dissemination to a wider group of people in the Maldives.

The Fund has been in operation since 2010 in the Maldives. Last Civil Society Fund (CSF) program in the Maldives supported innovative initiatives under the theme “Development and Climate Change”.

Media Contacts
In Washington
Joe Qian
Tel : (202) 473 5633
jqian@worldbank.org
In Colombo
Dilinika Peiris
Tel : (+94-11) 5561-325
dpeiris@worldbank.org
In Maldives
Aminath Inasha Shafeeq
Tel : (+960) 334 1910
ashafeeq@worldbank.org


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