2016 Youth Wellbeing Survey has advanced to the final stage

Aug 24, 2016

Enumerator is conducting a survey to the youth beside in a village in Dili.

Timor-Leste’s National Directorate of Statistics has been undertaking the 2016 Youth Wellbeing Survey within the National Human Development Report Project in the past few weeks.

As of today 95% of the interviews are completed in all 13 districts and data management has commenced. The survey is expected to be completed in the next couple of weeks with preliminary results expected to be shared during a seminar in October.

This survey is conducted within the scope of the collaborative project between the Government of Timor-Leste, UNDP and Flinders University, Australia. It will contribute to the production of Timor-Leste’s 4th National Human Development Report with a focus on ‘Youth, Wellbeing and Demographic Dividend’. The sample is representative of both urban and rural areas, including 800 interviews with young women and men aged 15 to 34. The survey will fill in the gaps of youth specific data related to their development.

"Timor-Leste is joining a series of countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas in approaching development strategies and indicators in a more compressive way and embracing the UNDP Human Development Report and the Well-being Index to measure progress and inform future policies,” said Mr. Claudio Providas, UNDP Country Director. “UNDP and Flinders University are leading the study in partnership with the National Statistics Office.”  

The enumerators of the project said that the young people who participated in the survey are very interested and appreciative of the project. They also mentioned that similar encouragement is received from village and aldea chiefs.

During one of the field monitoring visits, Mr. Rogerio da Costa, the chief of Hato-Udo Sub-District in Ainaro said that “this survey is a very important piece of research and probably the first of its kind. We are very excited to hear about the results and I hope that the results will be shared with us because it would be very informative and useful for our planning.”

The Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste, Minister of State Agio Pereira, congratulated the work being done by the National Directorate of Statistics in partnership with the UNDP and Flinders University. “Because the youth of our country represent such a large proportion of our population, it is vital to improve our understanding of their conditions, perceptions and thinking. The age group being surveyed is pivotal to the future development of our country, Timor-Leste,” he said.

Mr. Claudio Providas, UNDP Country Director added, “We hope that the process and the result will serve as a useful tool to engage in a participatory manner with the youth and policy makers in the debate regarding the development strategies, policies and programme needed for the future.”

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