Partnership Strategy under the Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) 2009-2013

The development challenges that Timor-Leste faces can only be addressed through a solid partnership with other stakeholders who are also working towards common national goals. In addition to the Government at national and sub-national levels, and state institutions such as the National Parliament, the Judiciary and the Provedoria for Human Rights, UNDP is working with a large number of partners, including donors, national and international NGOs, media, private sector and academia, in order to deliver development outcomes. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e)

UNDP in Timor-Leste works with line ministries at political and technical levels to ensure executive decisions, delivery and ownership. The Country Programme is being executed nationally, under the direction of the Government of Timor-Leste and in partnership with relevant national authorities. Project-level plans and budgets are jointly approved by counterpart national institutions and UNDP, and activities are implemented with them as they are part of the institutions’ capacity building objectives. The Ministry of Finance is the Government coordinating authority, ensuring coordination related to the Country Programme within the Government and other partners.

UNDP is working with other national institutions as well as district administration offices and suco chiefs in areas in which its projects are being implemented.

To further the UN reform agenda and given the interdependent nature of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it is imperative that the UN agencies work together towards common national goals. Under the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2009 – 2013, the UN Country Team works to identify, design and implement joint programmes involving one or more of the UN agencies. In Timor-Leste, UNDP is involved in three joint programmes. The Local Governance Support Programme (LGSP) and the Inclusive Finance for Sustainable Economies (INFUSE) programme are both implemented in partnership with UNCDF. UNDP is also a partner on the COMPASIS programme, which is being implemented with FAO, ILO, UNFPA, UNICEF and WFP. UNDP and UN Women have a joint programme with the EU on women, security and peacebuilding, and UNDP collaborates with UN Women in National Parliament, elections and justice.

Partnerships with NGOs/CSOs further strengthen the community-level activities of UNDP’s programmes. UNDP has also established partnerships with CSOs for monitoring of MDGs, service delivery and democratic governance. Media (print, electronic and traditional), including journalists associations, are an important partner in communicating and advocating human development messages. UNDP has also established small grants schemes with Government in peacebuilding and environment.

UNDP has also established key partnerships with bilateral donors and international financial institutions (IFIs), academic institutions and the private sector.

The Government of Timor-Leste has committed itself to implementing the principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the commitments laid out in the Accra Agenda for Action agreed at the High Level Forum in Accra in September 2008. Timor-Leste has also led the g7+ in conceiving the New Deal that was presented at the Busan High Level Meeting on Aid Effectiveness in November 2011.  UNDP supports the Government to localize these commitments through technical assistance and collaboration with other development partners to ensure that country ownership is strengthened; the government’s capacity to lead and manage is improved; and government systems are in place and used wherever possible. UNDP will also assist the government in developing management capacity in concerned sectors to ensure that strong planning, monitoring and evaluation systems are in place and utilized.