Timor-Leste Program Updates

July 18, 2017

The United States – through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its civil society partners – is providing support for close to 1,000 domestic and international observers spread across Timor-Leste to monitor parliamentary Election Day activities on July 22.

June 11, 2017

Customs operations in Timor-Leste will be reformed and streamlined to promote economic development, greater business transparency and security and adoption of world trade standards under a new $5-million project announced today by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Timor-Leste Ministry of Finance.

June 4, 2017

Located between Indonesia and Australia, Timor-Leste is one of the world’s newest countries. Having gained independence in 2002 after decades of conflict, the country is now working to build its new democracy with still-nascent institutions, limited human capital, and significant economic and health challenges. The United States is committed to helping Timor-Leste realize its development goals and emerge as a strong, regional partner.

December 1, 2016

USAID’s Ba Distrito project launched a research report that showed that young people in Timor, who have yet to vote, have high intentions to participate in future elections. 

The report, “New Voices: The Engagement of Young Timorese in the Political Process”, was launched at the National Elections Commission (CNE) office in Caicoli, and showed that young people who have never voted had plans to take part in future elections, but were disillusioned with national leaders because they make promises that aren’t kept. 

November 29, 2016

USAID’s Avansa Agrikultura Project aims to encourage the sustainability of and ultimately the increased development of the horticulture value chain in Timor-Leste.  However, sustainability can only be achieved if young people become actively involved in the agriculture sector.  USAID’s Avansa Agrikultura Project is working to promote agriculture activities among young people living in Aileu, Ainaro, Bobonaro, Ermera and Dili.  As part of this initiative USAID’s Avansa Agrikulura Project has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Office of the Secretary of State for Youth and Sports which solidifies the collaboration and cooperation, and highlights their strong shared interest, to work together on promoting the agriculture sector among youth.