The poster “Case 36 - On the Mikrolet,” described an all-too familiar scene for women in Timor-Leste – sexual assault on public transport. This time however, the normalised behaviour was being called out.
When four out of five young people in a country are unemployed, and over 70% of the population are under the age of 35, you have to get creative, fast. This is the context that the three-month-old Timor-Leste (TL) Accelerator Lab finds itself in. Our mission is to help fill in the gaps between government, the private sector and individuals in the nation-wide effort to stimulate growth and jobs.
As the judges withdrew to decide the winners from among Timor-Leste’s 10 best and brightest youth entrepreneurs, it was clear that this – the UNDP Timor-Leste’s first ‘Youth Co:Lab’ forum – was far more than a business idea competition...
At Timor-Leste’s largest bamboo nursery and processing plant near Dili, thousands of bagged saplings are lined up ready to be planted as soon as monsoon rains arrive. But this year, the wet season is worryingly late.

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