"Emerging trend shows that the Northern atolls are becoming poorer compared to the southern atolls." 7th National Development Plan.
A survey on Vulnerability and poverty was conducted in 1998 and 2004.
According to 2004 survey report, 'Households living in the South had the best chance of escaping poverty and the lowest probability of falling back. Households in the North region faced the highest probability of remaining in, or falling into, poverty'.
For Development purposes the country is divided into five regions; North, North Central, Central, South Central and South. Thus developmental projects are aimed at covering major regions rather than a single atoll. The above report also states that“Income poverty is evidently greatest in the North (Ha, Hdh. Sh) and Central North, and apart from Male’, it is lowest in South and Central South”
There is no single reason for poverty. However one very important reason could be isolation: The existence of many numbers of islands with small populations, without easy accessibility to anywhere, limiting access to economic opportunities and demand for goods and services.
What is also obvious is that in this region (ha, Hdh, Sh), collective effort and action from the grass root level, to lift ourselves from poverty is lacking. At the same time we are very inactive in, effectively lobbying and pressuring the relevant parties to help us achieve our desired goals.
It is crucial that the region (ha, Hdh, Sh) as a whole should come together and join hands with all stake holders in order to make a difference and lift ourselves from poverty.
RAISING OUR VOICE
We can raise our voice on many issues. However, to get results, initially it is wise to concentrate on few, which are CRUCIAL to make a difference. That is
1. Population consolidation
2. Population consolidation
3. Population consolidation
4. Education and awareness
5. Economic opportunities (especially access to markets)