Tropical Cyclone Seroja hit the region over Easter weekend 2021 causing natural disasters in Timor-Leste that was not seen in nearly 50 years. Upon the request of the Government to the UN system to help with the needs assessment, UNDP took on technical lead in conducting the Housing and Building Damage Assessment (HBDA) in June 2021. .
Meet Kiosk Matenek (KM), the winning youth group from Timor-Leste Accelerator Lab’s Green Building Design Challenge 2020 who just harvested their first vegetables range from their hydroponic wall. Kiosk Matenek (in Tetum) or Kiosk of Knowledge aimed to promote locally source materials for buildings that are environmentally friendly and recyclable.
Fatima’s Café in Dili, the capital of tiny half-island nation of Timor-Leste, is one of a growing number of cafés meeting local consumer demand for one of the country’s most prominent industries – speciality coffee. Having opened in 2019 however, owner Fatima Moniz Soares has faced huge challenges in establishing her micro enterprise in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic – moreover she did so as a mother and female entrepreneur in a male-dominated business environment.
The Green Building Prototype represents youth-led initiative embracing green practice for environmental protection and social empowerment. The nominated team Kiosk Matenek (KM) was selected as the most innovative team during green building design challenge in December 2020.
The beautiful white sand beach at the coastal village of Com, within the Nino Konis Santana National Park in Lautem Municipality, is recognised as an important nesting site for hawksbill turtles.
There’s a common saying that every crisis is also an opportunity. In Timor-Leste, the COVID-19 pandemic, and its social ramifications created an opportunity for the government and its development partners to conduct one of the nation’s most comprehensive data collection exercises in recent years – The United Nations’ second Socio-Economic Impact Assessment (SEIA 2.0).

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