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A partner of choice

Partnerships are at the heart of most UNDP initiatives. UNDP recognizes the important role of all resources—domestic and international, public and private— to achieve sustainable development and implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP in Timor-Leste remains grateful to all its partners for their continued trust and support. UNDP Timor-Leste works actively with the development partners group in support of aid management and effectiveness principles.


UNDP Timor-Leste is currently working in partnership with and receiving funds from bilateral and multilateral donors, as well as the private sector and Government of Timor-Leste.

Government of Timor-Leste

UNDP's Country Action Plan 2015-2019 developed in partnership with and approved by the Government of Timor-Leste aims to build the foundations of peace building and good governance, environment, climate change, natural disasters and poverty reduction. UNDP works in partnership with the Government of Timor-Leste across all initiatives, supporting access different forms of development funds for country-driven priorities and strategies in line with the Timor-Leste Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030.

United Nations system

UNDP manages and primarily finances the Resident Coordinator system, which encourages collaboration by the country teams of the various UN agencies operating in Timor-Leste and helps increase efficiency and effectiveness.

Private sector

The private sector can make an important contribution to development by fostering innovation, providing funding and promoting entrepreneurship in Timor-Leste. The Knua Juventude Fila-Liman (KJFL) youth centre initiative managed and sponsored by UNDP is a good example of successful public-private partnership and partners with IADE, SERVE and BNCTL to provide business training, business registration and financial loans to new young entrepreneurs. KJFL also partners with TELEMOR which provides free internet access at the centre. Additional KJFL partners include Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Bee Lafaek and Microsoft.

Other sources

UNDP given its long-term presence and strong track record as a funds manager currently implements several initiatives using global vertical funds such as the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Green Climate Fund (GCF) to support the implementation of environmental and resilience initiatives in Timor-Leste.

In addition, UNDP collaborates extensively with national and international academia. For example, through an agreement with the National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL) for a  youth volunteers program and with Flinders University, Australia on its National Human Development Report 2018 which aims to promote public discussion and policy making around the realization of young age structures, investing in youth and their well-being to benefit from a potential demographic dividend. UNDP also collaborates with the Asia School of Business (ASB) to generate innovation and entrepreneurial interest amongst youth in Timor-Leste.


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