Since 2003, Timor-Leste has been working on a framework for decentralization and local government. Based on clear provisions in the Timor-Leste Constitution and directives from the Council of Ministers, the overall vision of the Government is to establish a strong, democratic and efficient local governance system. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne’e)
Established in early 2007 to support to the Government’s plans for nation-wide decentralization reform, the LGSP provides direct technical support to the Ministry of State Administration and Territorial Management (MSATM) and other line ministries involved with the decentralization process.
Improved capacity for local service delivery by sub-national bodies with increased citizen participation and improved institutional, legal, and regulatory framework established in support of effective local governance