UNDP facilitates youth-led research and data literacy for SDGs training

Dec 28, 2017

On 13-15 December 2017, in collaboration with Secretary of State for Youth and Labor, UNDP organised a 3-day training “Youth-Led Research and Data Literacy for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” The training was attended by 34 participants, including youth centre managers and youth facilitators from 12 municipalities in Timor-Leste, coordinators of youth-based associations as well as SDG Youth Ambassadors who gathered in Knua Juventude Fila-Liman (KJFL) in Dili. The participants enjoyed being a part of the innovative Youth Voices Count and Data for Development initiative, which provided them with the opportunity to learn about different types of research, how the tools can be applied to SDGs and the five key steps to designing and conducting in-depth interviews and focus group discussions.

Representative of the Secretary of State for Youth and Labor (SEJT), Mr Marcos da Costa said to the participants during the closing ceremony, "Research is the key to find solutions to problems around us. And as you have completed the training, you are expected to design your own research in your community using the tools and materials that you have learned in the last three days."

UNDP representative Ms Auxiliadora dos Santos emphasized that "UNDP is committed to continue supporting Youth Development and Employment Programs, and establishment of KJFL Center is part the commitment for youth entrepreneurship, employability and youth voice empowerment."

Dr Merve Hosgelen, Project Manager of the 4th National Human Development Report (NHDR), and facilitator of the training said, 'We have visited all municipalities for the preparation of Timor-Leste NHDR. This training was something that all youth centres suggested and we are delighted to be able to fulfil this request. The participants were extremely enthusiastic and I am confident that they are now able to put what they have learnt into practice. Through KJFL and NHDR, we hope to strengthen the voices of youth in decision making. During the training the key messages of TL NHDR, which includes nationwide youth wellbeing research, were also validated. The participants had the opportunity to gain hands on experience in doing research and to network for future research collaboration."

Scroll down to read some thoughts from some of the training participants.

Jorguino Aparicio Savio, Ambassador for Youth Human Rights


“I am 22 years old and studied abroad for two years in the United States but returned to Timor-Leste in December 2016. I was happy to come back because I was able to bring back to the knowledge that I had learned.

“Ï am a co-founder of Timorese Youth Initiative for Development (TYIFD), which started in March 2017. At present, we are operating in Dili and connecting young entrepreneurs with funding and contacts.

“I think it is very important for me to attend this type of workshop. In our organization, we are supporting youth who want to start businesses such as tourism agencies and restaurants. So, this training has enabled me to know how who our targets are, how to properly conduct a survey and conduct quality information.

“Our organisation’s next activity will be the conducting of a survey in Dili to find out how many youths are involved in business and what type of businesses they want to set up, so we can connect them with the right people.”

Sonya Da Costa, Youth Ambassador


“I am 26 years old and from Aileu Municipality. I am currently studying development economics in Dili and will finish my degree in May next year. After I graduate, I want to continue working with the youth.

“I have been working as a Youth Ambassador since December 2016. Although I currently only cover Dili, I hope to start working in Aileu municipality in the future.

“In 2016, I supported the conducting of an El Niño assessment in three municipalities, which found that the communities had no seeds for planting and their animals had died because there was no food or water. We were trained by and worked together with different UN agencies, INGOs and the Government to collect the information on iPads.

“I was very excited to attend this training because it gave me the opportunity learn new things and expand my skills, as well as meet other people who are working as researchers. We were able to learn how to assess the problems of the community through gathering and analyzing quality data.”

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