Crowdfunding is a project-based form of financing by which capital from a multitude of donors is raised within a predetermined period. Considered as a component of the collaborative economy, crowdfunding is comprised of at least four basic models: (i) Reward-based: where donors receive support and visibility in exchange, (ii) Donation-based: Provision of resources to projects or organisation without any exchange (iii) Debt-based: Also known as Peer-to-Peer. Lending money to projects initiators with future expected repayments and interest, and lastly, (iv) Equity-based: Involves the sales of securities.
On July 1, 2020 the World Bank classified Mauritius as a high-income country, having surpassed the Gross National Income (GNI) per capita threshold of US$ 12,535. This steady progress is a good sign that the country is making headway in translating its national vision into reality. With this transition, it is probable that bilateral and multilateral organizations will significantly reduce or withdraw their financial and technical support and other preferences to Mauritius as is the common practice. Given its peculiarity as a small island nation, Mauritius is still not fully equipped to manage the transition and has to make sure that the anticipated waning of support does not perpetuate its vulnerabilities, and delay progress.
The Outreach Programme for Victims of Domestic Violence was launched by the Police Family Protection Unit (PFPU) under the aegis of the Mauritius Police Force in collaboration with UNDP Mauritius on 3 October 2020.
The Covid-19 pandemic brought almost all nautical activities in Mauritius and Rodrigues to a standstill for around 70 days during the period of confinement. The lockdown period to stem the spread of the coronavirus benefited the marine biodiversity, while at the same time had a significant negative impact on the livelihoods of coastal communities who rely on tourism and other ocean-based activities. Without concerted efforts to promote new forms of livelihoods, it will be difficult to prevent the populations from going back to sea, with all the threats this represents for the marine biodiversity. It is thus, more than ever vital to promote mitigating solutions to maintain the fragile relationship that MPAs have helped to create between the local populations and the ocean.
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