Assistance by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security to the project in the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

February 9, 2010

  1. On 9 February, the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance totalling 4,203,099.98 US dollars (approximately 433 million yen) through the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security to a project entitled “Community mobilization for poverty reduction and social inclusion in service delivery” in the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, which is going to be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  2. Peace is still fragile in Timor-Leste. Timor-Leste is facing various threats including poverty, food insecurity, reintegration of IDPs, youth unemployment, infectious diseases and gender issues. Aiming to address such human security threats, this project is going to target extremely poor households in the two poorest districts in the country: Ermera and Oecusse. The activities will include the following:

    - Providing income generation opportunities and improving food security for vulnerable groups through establishing/strengthening 200 self help groups and providing vocational training/technical support;

    - Increasing education participation of out-of-school children through providing technical support to literacy classes and developing teaching and learning materials;

    - Increasing community awareness of maternal and child health through disseminating information on family planning and reproductive health and training Family Health Promoters;

    - Providing better access to water sources and offering sanitary latrines.

  3. This project is expected to promote the human security of extremely vulnerable households in the districts of Ermera and Oecusse in Timor-Leste.