CHALLENGE

Since achieving independence in 2002, Timor-Leste has made great strides towards consolidating its democracy but continues to face challenges to deepening democratic governance and institutions. A robust non-governmental organization (NGO) sector is foundational to a democratically governed, rules-based state. Effective NGOs help hold the government accountable and encourage transparency and responsiveness to the public interest. However, while Timor-Leste has a robust NGO community, many of the nascent organizations find their advocacy skills hindered by limited administrative capacity and financial support.

PROMISE

The USAID/Timor-Leste NGO Advocacy for Good Governance activity will expand upon Timor-Leste’s NGO enabling environment and work to strengthen the organizational, research, networking, and financial capacity for a cohort of Timorese NGOs to provide increased evidence-based, responsive, and sustainable advocacy services on behalf of citizens. To realize this goal, the Activity will focus on four objectives:

1) Strengthening NGO organizational capacity;

2) Improving advocacy, research, analysis and networking capacities for better response to constituents;

3) Fostering more diverse and regular revenue streams; and

4) Promoting an enabling environment that fosters independent NGOs.

Working across these four objectives and integrating cross-cutting activities and strategies, the Activity will support local NGOs to achieve transformational change goals, position themselves for long-term sustainability, promote equity and inclusion within their organizations, implement informed and impactful advocacy, and effect policy change for a more enabling NGO environment in Timor-Leste. The Activity will ultimately strengthen democratic systems to help build a more accountable, inclusive Timor-Leste that is advancing towards greater self-reliance.

Country Profile: Population: 1.3 million

Capital: Dili

Official languages: Tetun, Portuguese

Partners

Funder: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

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