Poverty Reduction

One out of every two Timorese currently lives below the national poverty line. Unemployment is high, employment opportunities in the formal sector are generally limited, and job creation by the private sector falls far short of demand. The majority of the population have no consistent earnings and many are subsistence farmers.

UNDP’s work in poverty reduction focuses on improving the economic opportunities that help people to lift themselves and their families out of poverty through sustainable livelihoods programmes, social business enterprises and access to financial services. This approach supports the objectives of the Timor-Leste government’s current 20-year Strategic Development Plan.more

Self-help group

Members of a rural self-help group meet to support each other and provide small loans within the group. Photo Reinaldo Soares/UNDP TLmore

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Small enterprises offer creative twist on traditional products

Dili – Fisherman Mariano da Cruz stands amongst a vibrant crowd of entrepreneurs in Dili Convention Centre. “People keep asking us for more seaweed sweets, butmore 

New micro-insurance protects women’s livelihoods

Dili – 2013 is dawning a little more secure for 9,000 women across Timor-Leste, who are starting the year with life insurance on their small businesses.more 

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