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Our Programmes

Mainstreaming of Rural Development Innovations (MORDI)

This program contributes to sustainable, improved livelihoods of vulnerable communities, especially youth and women, living in remote rural areas of Pacific Island Countries (PICs), in line with the Millennium Development Goals.

Program Objectives

  • strengthen the institutional capacity of target communities and CBOs, particularly those involving youth and women, as well as community institutions;
  • increase employment and sustainable livelihood opportunities, especially for youth and women;
  • document and share learning experiences from best practices and innovations;
  • establish sustainable processes that enable remote rural communities to link with policy and planning processes.

Component 1: Community Empowerment: the objective of this component is to strengthen the institutional capacity of target communities and CBOs, particularly those involving youth and women, as well as community institutions. The Component seeks to increase the social and political capital of rural communities, addressing both the capacity-building needs of communities as whole as well as individual CBOs within the villages.

Component 2: Economic Empowerment: the objective of this component is to increase employment and sustainable livelihood opportunities, especially for rural youth and women. The Component seeks to address lack of access to employment opportunities, financial services, markets, and related technology and information. Assistance will be targeted at increasing opportunities for both the community as a whole as well as groups within the community, giving priority to youth and women. Financial support provided by the Program is regarded as a tool to empower communities to become more self-reliant through enhanced social capital, sustained access to services, and increased financial self-reliance. It is through this component that the Regional MORDI Program works collaboratively with the UNDP’s Financial Literacy Education Training (FLET) on taking the training to the grassroots levels in the selected districts in Fiji. The MORDI Program is taking the leading the role in taking the FLET to Kiribati, engaging in the review, translation and pre-testing of FLET materials to suit Kiribati.

Component 3: Learning, Sharing and Upscaling: the objective of this component is to document and share learning from best practices and innovations across the region; and to establish processes that enable remote rural communities to link with policy and planning processes. The Component seeks to address information and policy constraints faced by communities and CBOs in remote areas, by documenting and sharing best practices and innovations, by identifying and addressing key policy issues, and by assisting communities and CBOs to link more effectively with markets and external support services.

Component 4: Program Management: the objective of this component is to establish Program organization and management structures and procedures sufficient to ensure: (i) good governance; and (ii) the effective, efficient and timely delivery of Program resources./p>