Democratic Governance

Since the restoration of independence in 2002, Timor-Leste has made significant progress in the establishment, strengthening and consolidation of governance institutions. National institutions, practically non-existent in 2002, are now safeguarding stability and democracy. The judiciary has made important gains in upholding the rule of law; the national parliament in enacting the legal framework and providing the required oversight; electoral management bodies in ensuring smooth political transition through free and fair elections; and the Provedor in protecting human rights.

UNDP has been a partner in these endeavors to build citizens’ confidence in the democratic governance institutions and process. It has worked in tandem with successive governments to help establish and strengthen legal frameworks and institutional processes and systems, and continues to enhance the skills of staff within these institutions at all levels– from investigators at the Human Rights and Justice Ombudsman to members of parliamentary committees, from public defenders to the county’s electoral management bodies, from local government officials to communities. View More

Voter information

University of Dili students receive voter information at a UNDP-UN stall following a 2012 public lecture by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Photo: Sandra Magno/UNDP TL more

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Voter education sessions aid disabled voters

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Supporting women at the heart of Asia’s newest democracy

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  • Justice System Programme

    Strengthening the institutional capacity of the justice system of Timor-Leste to uphold the rule of law and improve access to justice through legal empowerment of the poor and disadvantaged.more 

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