Mai Munisipiu in Timor-Leste
We’re partnering with local organizations and government at all levels to better address the needs of citizens in rural communities.
The program increases citizen engagement and access to justice by building more inclusive local governance.
100 sucos (villages) across five districts in Timor-Leste: Ermera, Liquica, Baucau, Oecusse and Covalima.
We’re building the capacity of organizations at all levels in Timor-Leste to better connect with one another and citizens.
Timor-Leste regained independence in May 2002 following years of colonial rule and occupation. While the threat of violence has largely subsided, young state institutions, poor public service delivery and a largely inaccessible justice system all put the country’s stability at risk. As nearly 80% of citizens reside in rural areas, many rural populations are disconnected from centralized government, relying on under-resourced village (suco)-level councils for service delivery and dispute resolution. More must be done to inform citizens about their rights to accessible legal aid and inclusive governance.
Mai Munisipiu, Come to the Municipalities, (formerly called Ba Distrito – To the Districts) builds the capacity of local suco councils to strengthen citizen participation and representation in their communities. It further strengthens the relationship between those local councils and the government at the municipal level to improve access to justice and citizen engagement in the governance process. To achieve this, the project will…
Strengthen the capacity of the social sector to improve engagement by:
Provide institutional support to government to ensure fair and transparent governance by:
Funder: United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Collaborators: TetraTech DPK; Belun, Fundasaun Fatuk Sinai Oecusse; Commisao Justica E Paz; Judicial System Monitoring Programme; Liberta and Asosiasaun Radio Komunidade Timor-Leste; Ministry of State Administration; Ministry of Justice; Court of Appeal; National Electoral Commission; Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration; Special Administrative Region of Oecusse.