Public Sector

Did we learn from COVID-19?

4 min read
Right before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, and the Maldives, the nation registered a nominal GDP of USD5.6 billion by the end of 2019, and attracted a record 1.7...

Democracy hijacked: JSC edition

4 min read
The Maldives is a comparably young democracy. A lot of trial and error is to be expected when developing a system of governance that is truly inclusive, fair, and balanced,...

COVID-19 stimulus and relief packages

6 min read
On 25 May, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih announced a new relief package to assist and stimulate businesses, during yet another COVID-19 lockdown. However, unlike many other countries, all assistance provided...

The man who knew (too much)

6 min read
On 19 May 2011, Ali Waheed, then-MP and Deputy Leader of the Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP), the main opposition party led by former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom, resigned from the...

Democracy hijacked!

6 min read
Democracy is a fairly young idea to our shores, yet thankfully, and somewhat ironically, due to the Maumoon administration’s very focused approach on education, the Maldivian people were not only...

The income tax black hole

5 min read
In March 2010, when President Mohamed Nasheed ratified the Tax Administration Bill, it paved the way for the establishment of the first independent tax administration authority; the Maldives Inland Revenue...

Sustainability vs. mega projects

5 min read
Whenever there is news about the Maldives being the lucky recipient of a grant to finance yet another grand infrastructure project, with promises to improve the standard of living for...

The problem with State Owned Enterprises

4 min read
The provision of public goods has been the main role of any government in all societies. Education, health, public transport, law enforcement, judicial services, public safety and other public infrastructure...

Governance and public institutions

4 min read
Governance is a broad concept covering all aspects of how institutions and organisations are governed for the common good of their stakeholders.  It is also how leaders exercise power or...