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19 Sep 2018 description

In Numbers

4.2 mt of ready-to-use supplementary food (RUSF) distributed to 1,400 girls and boys under the age of five

14 nutrition education sessions organised in public schools in five municipalities, reaching 538 students

US$ 2.4 m six months (September 2018-February 2019) net funding requirements

1,400 people assisted in August 2018

Operational Updates

14 Sep 2018 description
report European Commission
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EU Election Experts Mission (EEM) to Timor-Leste 2018

Upon the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Timor-Leste, the EU deployed an Election Expert Mission (EEM), composed of a political-electoral analyst and a legal analyst to assess the early legislative elections on 12 May 2018.

Following an invitation to observe the 2018 early legislative elections in the Republic of Timor-Leste on 12 May 2018, the European Union deployed an Election Experts Mission (EU EEM) on 16 April.

07 Sep 2018 description

Dili – The Government of Timor-Leste, supported by the IOM Development Fund (IDF) will begin the development of a Migration Profile which will facilitate the identification of key migration issues and opportunities.

This week (04/09), the first Inter-Ministerial Technical Working Group (TWG) comprised of representatives from several line ministries including the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Justice was convened in Dili.

01 Jun 2018 description


Enhance household food security and nutrition and reduce disaster risk through the promotion of conservation agriculture to reduce crop losses caused by the increasing frequency and severity of droughts (associated with climate change and variability) leading to a sustained increase in agricultural productivity.

Beneficiaries reached

4 106 smallholder farmers.

Activities implemented

18 May 2018 description

Lebucaility and Gariana hamlets are located in Timor Leste’s mountains in a district whose central town is just 20 miles west – but decades behind – the country’s capital, Dili. Using dangerous dirt roads to reach their tiny enclaves, CWS staff have come to work with several hundred subsistence farming families who use traditional agricultural practices and a traditional language unique to Liquiçá District, which is administratively responsible for them.

15 May 2018 description
report World Bank

New Report on Timor-Leste’s Water Sector Can Guide Future Investments

DILI, May 15, 2017 – A new World Bank report recommends increased budgets for operations and maintenance for Timor-Leste’s public water supply sector, as well as the establishment of a national policy framework, in order to achieve the country’s national and international commitments by 2030.

11 May 2018 description
report Start Network

The Start Fund anticipation window seeks to mitigate harm and loss for communities at risk of crisis. It does so by enabling and incentivising Start Network members to monitor risk and act on the basis of forecasts. Through the Start Fund anticipation window, Non-Governmental Organisations can respond to shifts in risk, such as a forecast of extreme rainfall or likely political crisis.

04 May 2018 description

In Numbers

5.1 mt of supplementary food for children under 5 years distributed

3.7 mt of supplementary food for pregnant and nursing mothers distributed

US$1.3 m six months (March-September 2018) net funding requirements, representing 64% of total

Operational Updates

09 Apr 2018 description

Over 750 students in Timor-Leste received training on tsunami evacuation and first aid in efforts to strengthen the preparedness of schools for natural disasters. UNDP tsunami drills were held in five primary schools situated at less than 500m above sea level across Timor-Leste.

21 Mar 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Sophie Raynor

Walking hours per day for clean, safe water was a reality for hundreds of children in remote Timor-Leste not too long ago. But now, community-led efforts have seen water piped into the centres of some of the country’s most isolated hamlets, and its children accessing good health and secure education. Find out how UNICEF is supporting a tiny village in the country’s mountainous centre now.

18 Mar 2018 description


  • Unfavourable prospects for 2018 main season maize crop

  • Cereal import requirements in 2017/18 forecast to remain close to last year’s high level

Unfavourable prospects for 2018 main season maize crop

22 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Sophie Raynor

Timor-Leste has one of Asia’s highest child mortality rates, but skilled birth attendants provide an answer. Find out how UNICEF is training birth attendants to prevent tragedies in some of Timor-Leste’s most rural and under-resourced villages.

GLENO, TIMOR-LESTE : In the small maternity room at the back of the Gleno Community Health Centre, rural Timor-Leste, 23-year-old Deolinda de Deus Maia sits with her newborn baby bundled on her lap. The baby sleeps peacefully, with closed eyes barely visible under a soft woollen beanie.

31 Jan 2018 description


  • From January 2015 to November 2017, a total of 47,916 children under the age of 5 years and 68,160 pregnant and nursing mothers were treated for malnutrition.

  • From January 2015 to November 2017, 395.477 mt of locally-produced Timor Vita, a specialised nutritious food for women, and 148.428 mt of Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food was distributed to 125 health facilities in 6 municipalities.

11 Jan 2018 description
report European Union

In the tiny island nation of Timor-Leste, child malnutrition has become a critical public health problem. An estimated 50 per cent of children suffer from a form malnutrition called stunting – one of the highest rates in Asia. But most often, the problem isn’t lack of food – it’s lack of information. For generations, mothers living in rural areas of the country have treated malnutrition at home. However, many of these mothers do not have access to basic information about child nutrition, including meal frequency and the diversity of a child’s diet.

06 Dec 2017 description



During the past decade, maternal and newborn mortality in Timor-Leste has experienced a notable decline . Improvements have been made, but still an estimated 2702 women die in pregnancy or childbirth for every 100,000 live births: 243 neonates die around the time of birth for every 1,000 live births. These indices are unacceptably high and reflect the limited quality and availability of maternal and newborn health services in the country.

28 Nov 2017 description


  • From January 2015 to October 2017, a total of 46,217 children under the age of 5 years and 63,217 pregnant and nursing mothers were treated for malnutrition.

  • From January 2015 to October 2017 355.782 mt of locally-produced Timor Vita, a specialised nutritious food for women, and 148.428 mt of Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food was distributed to 125 health facilities in 6 municipalities.

17 Nov 2017 description

Opening remarks at COP23 Side Event in Bonn, Germany

Achim Steiner UNDP Administrator

As prepared for delivery.

I am pleased to participate in this side-event that aims to promote island and community resilience. This topic is important because climate change continues to pose an existential threat to humanity and local communities are on the front lines of this challenge due to their dependency on ecosystem services and climate-sensitive resources for their livelihoods.

16 Nov 2017 description

As rain patters away on a flimsy tin roof, baby Afeena lies sleeping. On the walls, pieces of cardboard are tacked up, to give warmth, while across a window, a piece of fabric, mint green and paper-thin, blows gently.

In the district of Alieu, set amid the country’s rocky highlands, this family home is typical. Described locally as ‘Uma bai bain’, meaning ‘a simple house’, walls are made of bricks fashioned from crushed rock and concrete, while the floor consists of ruddy soil, moistened and packed tight.