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  • 29 Mar 2015
    Video: Mobilize Social Businesses to Accelerate MDG Achievement in Timor-Leste

    The Social Business Project aims to formulate and pilot social business models that can create employment, generate income, enhance livelihoods, and bring other positive social impacts in Timor-Leste. It also aims to support creating the enabling environment to enhance the development impact of social businesses. The project commenced its implementation in November 2012 and is planned to complete its activities by December 2015.

  • 26 Sep 2014
    New MPW, UNDP partnership to tackle deforestation, save lives and create jobs

    The Government of Timor-Leste and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed a comprehensive new partnership designed to support the country’s efforts to effectively battle and remove barriers to sustainable biomass resources and increase energy access and services to rural areas.

  • 24 Sep 2014
    PM at the UN: “Climate change is about our security and our very survival.”

    Prime Minister Ray Kala Xanana Gusmão today, stressed the need for a global approach in addressing the impact of climate change to secure gains in international development

  • 22 Aug 2014
    Knut Ostby: Speech at the Signing of Cost-sharing Agreement on Mobilizing Social Business

    Through our successful partnership with the Ministry in this social business project, we have identified key policy challenges. We will help the Ministry to address these policy challenges. And this will help small and medium enterprises and will protect consumers.

  • 22 Aug 2014
    MCIE and UNDP partnership to focus on improving business development environment

    The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment (MCIE) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed an agreement that will provide US$140,000 of Government funding to UNDP for support of the country’s efforts to build an enabling environment for business development.

  • 07 Aug 2014
    New Working Group to support growth of local savings and loans UNDP, UNCDF joins with NGO community to strengthen community programmes

    Timor-Leste has seen impressive growth of savings and loans groups formed by NGOs in rural communities throughout the country during the last decade. Until now, however, there has been no opportunity for these NGOs to come together and share approaches and best practices.

  • 22 May 2014
    GoTL, UNTL and UNDP Launch New Center for Climate Change and Biodiversity

    The Center is among the many initiatives undertaken by the Government of Timor-Leste to address climate change related risks and secure the country’s development gains. Its mission is to provide policy makers, natural resource managers, and development practitioners with the tools and information needed to develop and implement management strategies that address the impact of climate variability and change on all aspects of socio-economic development and to contain rising greenhouse gases (GHG).

  • 09 May 2014
    Increased Access to Financial Sector, Increased Economic Growth

    In an effort to spur equitable economic growth and prosperity for all people of the country, stakeholders from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment (MCEI), the Secretary of State for the Support and Promotion of the Private Sector (SEAPRI), the Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank of Timor-Leste (BCTL), civil societies, the private sector, and development partners gathered today to discuss the current status of Timor-Leste’s financial services sector as well as opportunities to expand it the years ahead.

  • 22 Apr 2014
    Real Time Information for Disaster Risk Management from MSS

    To support the ability of government, ministries, civil social and the public’s ability to respond quickly and efficiently to possible disasters, the National Disaster Management Directorate (NDMD) of the Ministry of Social Solidarity (MSS), developed the National Information Portal (IP) for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in Timor-Leste,

  • 21 Mar 2014
    Rebuild the mangrove forest, rebuild the community

    Dili, 21 March 2014 - Years of damage by both nature and the community have slowly destroyed many of the country’s mangrove forests, impacting the livelihoods of the people living in coastal areas throughout Timor-Leste. The Government, district leaders, the Community Based Organization Agrikultura e Peskas Estrela do Futuro (APEF) and university students have set out to reverse the problem in Ulmera suco (village) Liquica district, by planting approximately 200 new mangrove saplings to help rebuild the once thriving forest.

  • 03 Apr 2012
    Korea gives $2.1 million for social businesses

    A new Korea-UNDP MDG Trust Fund will finance a three-year US$2.1 million project to strengthen social businesses and help the Government achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • 06 Feb 2012
    Forum to champion economic development for all

    A forum on inclusive growth organized in support of the Government’s efforts to create an economy which will strengthen the benefits to society as a whole starts today in Dili.

  • 09 Jun 2011
    Self-help groups a lifeline for marginal families

    Since joining a self-help group, 41-year-old Maria Lafu from Oecusse, has been able to save some money and buy new household items and livestock.

  • 30 Mar 2010
    Timor could end extreme poverty by 2020: Jeffrey Sachs

    Timor-Leste could end extreme poverty within a decade, world renowned economist Professor Jeffrey Sachs said today in a public lecture in Dili.