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Frontier Dialogues

Frontier Dialogues

By UNDP Maldives
FRONTIER DIALOGUES from UNDP Maldives is a podcast series hosted by UNDP Maldives to give voice to people who are working on the frontlines, and in providing solutions to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in the Maldives.

Frontier Dialogues aims to spread solutions, lessons learned, and stories inside and outside UNDP. It brings voices from inspirational figures and changemakers, including individuals, members from the government, public sector, civil society and the private sector who are committed to responding effectively to the current health and development challenges
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FRONTIER DIALOGUES EPISODE 33: RIGHT TO INFORMATION PORTAL WITH AHMED AFRAH
This week on Frontier Dialogues, we talk to Mr. Ahmed Afrah from the Right to the information portal about the importance of promoting and encouraging citizens' participation in the public arena through access to information in the Maldives. 
12:52
October 14, 2021
FRONTIER DIALOGUES EPISODE 32: WITH THE MALDIVIAN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
This week on Frontier Dialogues, we talk to the Maldivan Community Foundation (MCF) on promoting, encouraging, and facilitating sustainable philanthropy and social responsibility among citizens and businesses in the country. 
17:11
September 29, 2021
FRONTIER DIALOGUES EPISODE 31: WITH MR. YUSUF UTOTOAI'S CEO ON AWESOME CLUE SOLUTION
This week on #FrontierDialogues we talk to @OfficialShunan - Founder and CEO of @UtotoAi , on Artificial intelligence: Awesome Clue - an AI-based personality prediction algorithm, and recommendation engine.
16:28
September 16, 2021
FRONTIER DIALOGUES EPISODE 30: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES IN THE MALDIVES
This week in Frontier Dialogues, we talk to professor Hassan Ugail, Director of the Centre for Visual Computing at the University of Bradford, UK. on Artificial intelligence and its impact on national development in the Maldives.  He is also the director of the Ugail Foundation in the Maldives, which focuses on, digital literacy, artificial intelligence, and coding programming for youth in the country. He also is part of the First Learning Cycle Advisory Committee (FLCAC) on exclusion in the labor market, a project lead by the UNDP Maldives Accelerator Lab.
22:32
September 2, 2021
FRONTIER DIALOGUES EPISODE 29: Binheyo; youth innovation in tranforming the food system in the Maldives
This week on Frontier Dialogues, we talk to Binheyo on transforming the food system and a youth innovation for human planetary health in celebration of the UN International youth day 2021.
11:41
August 11, 2021
FRONTIER DIALOGUES EPISODE 28: MV ACCELERATOR LAB CATCHING-IUP EPISODE
This week on Frontier Dialogues, we talk to our team, Khady Hamid, Hussain Rasheed, and Fathimath Lahfa about the last activities of the MV Acclab; the first learning cycle, solution safari, and the nationals consultation under the frame of the UNDP country program document 2021-2026.
20:48
August 2, 2021
FRONTIER DIALOGUES EPISODE 27: WORLD YOUTH SKILLS DAY WITH AHMED NASIR, MALDIVES POLYTECHNIC
This week on Frontier Dialogues, we talk to Ahmed Nasir, CEO of  Maldives Polytechnic about the future of work and skills needed for the youth in the Maldives.
18:38
July 15, 2021
FRONTIER DIALOGUES. Episode 26: Aishath Naj - Female Maldivian Photographer
Frontier Dialogues. Ep 26. with Aishath Naj. Female Maldivian Photographer. Series: Innovation and creativity
17:59
June 17, 2021
FRONTIER DIALOGUES EPISODE 25: Innovation and Creativity with Nattu, co-founder of LottieFiles.com
Creative industries and creative people not only make an important contribution to our economies but, also helps solve societal problems by bulldozing across our beliefs! Join Nattu and our host Fathimath Lahfa to learn more about Nattu's journey in creating LottieFiles. website: lottiefiles.com
15:09
June 10, 2021
FRONTIER DIALOGUES EPISODE 24: INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY EP 2 WITH PROFESSOR PETER RUDGE
This week on Frontier Dialogues we talk to Professor Peter Rudge from  Staffordshire University (UK) on 'Beyond the blue economy and creative  industries in the SIDS.' He is an award-winning creative entrepreneur,  academic, writer, & producer.
21:37
June 7, 2021
FRONTIER DIALOGUES EPISODE 23: INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY EP 1 WITH ABDULLAH SHAFEEU
The new series of Frontier Dialogues this week features Abdulla Shafeeu, founder of Vaahaka.com. This Frontier Dialogue will be hosted in Dhivehi by Hussain Rasheed, UNDP Maldives Accelerator Lab’s Head of Experimentation.
18:43
June 7, 2021
FRONTIER DIALOGUES EPISODE 22: INCLUSIVE WORKPLACES WITH MOHAMED MAZIN
This week on Frontier Dialogues - we have with us, Mohamed Mazin to speak about enabling and inclusive workplaces for persons with disabilities.
16:56
June 7, 2021
EPISODE 21: UNPACKING THE HIGH PERCENTAGE OF NEETs IN THE MALDIVES WITH ALI ADAM - MARHP
On this episode of Frontier Dialogues our host Fernando Galindo talks to Ali Adam from Maldives Association of HR Professionals (MAHRP) on  Unpacking the issue of high percentage of NEETs in the Maldives.
10:23
June 7, 2021
EPISODE 20: WOMEN IN THE TOURISM SECTOR IN THE MALDIVES WITH FATHIMATH SHAAZLEEN
This episode of Frontier Dialogues is part of the Maldives AccLab  First Learning Cycle focusing on exclusions in the labor market in the country. We are currently working with many national actors to unpack the issue and co-design solutions. Under this exploratory frame and the celebration of International women's day, we want to dedicate this episode to explore Gender in the Workplace in the Maldives. That’s why today we have a special guest: Fathimath Shaazleen, who has extensive experience in the hospitality and tourism industry in the Maldives and abroad.
16:01
June 7, 2021
EPISODE 19: FEATURING UNDP MALDIVES ACCELERATOR LAB
In this episode of Frontier Dialogues, our host Fernando Galindo, who is also the  Innovation, Research, and Development Lead at UNDP Maldives is joined by the UNDP Maldives Accelerator Lab team, comprising of  Maldivian development practitioners: Khadeeja Hamid (Head of Solutions  Mapping), Hussain Rasheed (Head of Experimentation) and Fathimath Lahfa  (Head of Exploration). The Maldives Accelerator Lab, which is being launched on March 13th,  is joining a global network of UNDP Accelerator Labs working to re-imagine innovative approaches developed for the 21st Century.
25:23
June 7, 2021
EPISODE 18: WITH FERNANDO GALINDO AND AKIKO FUJII OF UNDP MALDIVES
The first episode of 2021 of Frontier Dialogues has UNDP Resident  Representative in the Maldives Akiko Fujii talking to UNDP Maldives  Innovation Lead Fernando Galindo about the Maldivian Innovation Journey in 2020 and the setting up of the UNDP Maldives Accelerator Lab, as well  as innovative development, approaches for the 21st century.
13:38
June 7, 2021
EPISODE 17: WITH AKIKO FUJII, UNDP RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE IN THE MALDIVES
Our last episode of the year finds our hosts Fernando & Khady talking to Ms. Akiko Fujii, Resident Representative of UNDP Maldives about her reflection on the year. Ms. Akiko explores the biggest challenges faced IN 2020, how UNDP adapted to those challenges and how this informs future actions.
17:13
June 7, 2021
EPISODE 16: WITH DR. ARVIND MATHUR, WHO REPRESENTATIVE TO THE MALDIVES
In this episode of #FrontierDialogues,  our hosts Fernando and Khady chat with Dr. Arvind Mathur, the  Representative of WHO in the Maldives. Dr. Arvind reflects on 2020, WHO’s response in the Maldives to the Covid-19, and how the pandemic has shaped the role of WHO in the international arena. Dr. Arvind also talks about the COVAX initiative and what we could expect from that in 2021.
53:03
June 7, 2021
EPISODE 15: WITH DR. M. MUNIR A. SAFIELDIN, UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE TO THE MALDIVES
This week on Frontier Dialogues we talk to Dr. M. Munir A.  Safieldin, UNICEF Representative to the Maldives who reflects on 2020,  discuss the role of UNICEF in response to COVID-19 in the Maldives, and  innovati ons in education.
18:16
June 7, 2021
EPISODE 14: WITH CATHERINE HASWELL, UN RESIDENT COORDINATOR IN THE MALDIVES
This week we have a special episode of Frontier Dialogues with Ms.  Catherine Haswell, the UN Resident Coordinator joining us to reflect on  2020, discuss the role of the UN system in responding to the COVID-19  pandemic in the Maldives, and explore the implications of this pandemic and the Maldives’ role in multinational cooperation.
27:11
June 7, 2021
EPISODE 13: IDEAS WITH HULWA KHALEEL
This week on Frontier Dialogues we have with us Hulwa Khaleel, the  Project Coordinator for IDEAS in the Maldives - an NGO partner of the  Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Small Grant Programme (SGP),  implemented by UNDP. Hulwa has worked with IDEAS on a voluntary basis to manage projects and drive outreach. She has experience in the education sector working on nationwide vocational education and environmental education programs.
09:08
June 7, 2021
EPISODE 12: INNOVATIVE AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE WITH NGO FAAM'S MOHAMED ZUBAIR
This week on Frontier Dialogues we have with us Mohamed Zubair  (Zubair) on behalf of FAAM Foundation- recipient of UNDP and the Global  Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) fund. In this episode, Zubair shares information about the work of FAAM and his passion and commitment to finding innovative and sustainable solutions to the development challenges of his community. He talks about what the  NGO is doing under the GEF-SGP and UNDP-supported 'Kihaadhoo Goes  Organic' project as well as the importance of making a shift to more nature-friendly ways of farming.
10:34
June 7, 2021
EPISODE 11: EFFECTS OF COVID-19 ON FISHERMEN WITH AHMED SHAFIU OF DHIVEHI MASVERIN
This week on Frontier Dialogues we talk to Ahmed Shafiu, the  President of NGO Dhivehi Masverin (Maldives Fishermen). We discuss the story behind Dhivehi Masverin, the effects of COVID-19 for fishermen, as well as the progress of their projects supported by the Global Environment  Facility Small Grants Programme and UNDP.
05:36
June 7, 2021
EPISODE 10: BUILDING FORWARD BETTER AFTER COVID-19 WITH SHUHAD IBRAHIM
This week on Frontier Dialogues we talk to Shuhad Ibrahim, who works as a Trade & Investment Consultant at the Ministry of Economic  Development, about his work on the Rapid Livelihood Assessment Report and his thoughts on the crisis and possible ways forward.
10:09
June 7, 2021
EPISODE 9: CLIMATE AND WATER SECURITY WITH DR. ASSELA PATHIRANA
This week on Frontier Dialogues we talk to Dr. Assela Pathirana who has worked in the sector of climate and water security for more than 20  years. Currently, Dr. Assela works for UNDP as Chief Technical  Advisor-Water Engineering for the project 'Supporting Vulnerable  Communities in the Maldives to Manage Climate change-induced Water  Shortages', implemented by the Ministry of Environment of the Maldives.  Dr. Assela talks about issues that Maldivian islands face when it comes  to potable water accessibility and how UNDP is collaborating with the  Ministry of Environment to address these issues. Dr. Assela also highlights how digital tools help to effectively manage precious natural resources like groundwater lenses.
14:25
June 7, 2021
EPISODE 8: YOUTH FOR SOCIAL CHANGE WITH MARIYAM YASMEEN
This week on Frontier Dialogues, we had a chat with Mariyam Yasmeen who took part in our Film for Change programme which encourages youth to  explore social issues through the medium of film.
08:04
June 7, 2021
EPISODE 7: BUSINESS CENTER KULHUDHUFFUSHI WITH AREESHA MOOSA
This week we talk to Areesha Moosa, who works as the manager at  Business Center Kulhudhuffushi. Areesha touches upon challenges faced by  Maldivians searching for employment, difficulty in becoming financially independent, and skills needed to be developed for the future job market after the COVID-19 pandemic.
10:54
June 7, 2021
EPISODE 6: MALDIVIAN RED CRESCENT WITH MIZY MUSTHAFA
On this episode, we talk to  Mizy Musthafa, Communications and  Resource Mobilisation Officer at Maldivian Red Crescent. Mizy touches  upon some of the crucial work of the MRC team, often directly on the  frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis, as seen with initiatives such as the  launch of the Migrant Relief Fund. Mizy highlights how human rights and  inclusion are key to the work of MRC as they assist communities to build  back and recover stronger, and shares some of the significant lessons  learned from the current crisis for future disaster preparedness.
07:24
June 7, 2021
EPISODE 5: WAMCO WITH ISMAIL UBAIDH
This week on Frontier Dialogues we talk to Ismail Ubaidh, General  Manager of Marketing, Business, and Development at the Waste Management  Corporation Limited (WAMCO). He was part of the team that established the current waste collection system and introduced most of the services provided by WAMCO. Ubaidh talks about the crucial role the WAMCO team plays in continuing to provide sustainable waste management solutions for the people, while prioritizing the safety of staff, especially in the face of major crises such as COVID-19.
07:36
June 7, 2021
EPISODE 4: RAPID LIVELIHOODS ASSESSMENT ON COVID-19 WITH DR AMINATH RIYAZ
This week we talk to Dr. Aminath Riyaz, an information management professional and one of the leading contributors on the Rapid  Livelihoods Assessment on COVID-19, which looked at the impact of the crisis on the Maldives tourism industry in terms of employment and livelihoods and the potential knock-on effects on families and communities.
07:38
June 7, 2021
EPISODE 3: THAANA MALLOW WITH FAATHUN
This week on Frontier Dialogues - we have with us, Fathimath Ibrahim  (Faathun) on behalf of the Thaana Mellow team, winners of Miyaheli social innovation camp 2019. Thaana Mellow is a screen reading application that cothatnverts Thaana (written script of Maldivian language,  Dhivehi) to Latin Dhivehi which then reads the text out loud. The app aims to addresses the gap in access to Dhivehi information sources online. Faathun, known for her volunteer work in multiple NGOs such as the Blind and Visually Impaired Society of Maldives and Maldives Red  Crescent, is a true inspiration to all with her endless efforts to challenge societal expectations and show that Persons with Disabilities too can do anything they set their mind to.
06:21
June 7, 2021
EPISODE 2: BLUE HEARTS WITH SHIBA
In this episode, we talk to Mariyam Shiba - a passionate advocate for mental well-being and easily accessible mental health services. She is the founder and chairperson of Blue Hearts, which is the first online mental health support and awareness platform in the Maldives. Her academic background is in psychology. Frontier Dialogues is a series of podcasts from UNDP Maldives, bringing you voices from the front lines and in the response to COVID-19 in the country.
03:58
June 7, 2021
EPISODE 1: MIYAHELI WITH RAUSHAN
In our first talk, we feature Raushan Ali Firaq from UNDP Maldives,  who tells us about the first virtual social innovation camp held in the  Maldives, a part of the 'Miyaheli' series, that connected changemakers to create innovative ideas to fight the pandemic.
02:19
June 7, 2021