Strengthening Parliamentary Democracy in Timor-Leste

Project background

Eleven years after its establishment, the National Parliament of Timor-Leste is approaching a new phase of development, moving from a period of stabilizing operations to a period of systematic capacity development and consolidation of its role within the democratic governance systems. While basic institutional foundations are largely in place enabling parliament to exercise its legislative and oversight functions in accordance with its Constitutional mandate, significant capacity challenges remain. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne’e)

Project activities

From 2003 to 2009, UNDP played an essential role in assisting parliament to establish and operationalize core institutional processes. Parliament’s Strategic Plan of 2010-2014 identifies the need for continued external support to sustain ongoing operations and ensure effective transfer of skills.

Project results

  • Supporting the consolidation of parliamentary processes by continuing to provide technical expertise and advice
  • Expanding existing capacity building initiatives into a comprehensive capacity development strategy
  • In close coordination with the National Parliament, articulating and laying the groundwork for capacity transfer and an eventual exit strategy



Project start date:

June 2003

Estimated end date:

December 2019

Focus area:

  • democratic governance
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Timor-Leste

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • European Economic Community
  • Government Of Italy
  • Government Of Norway
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation (sida)
  • Australian Agency For International Development (ausaid)
  • United Nations Integrated Mission In East Timor (unmit)
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2019 -$69,336

    2016 -$263

    2015 $667,302

    2014 $2,694,165

    2013 $2,159,197

    2012 $1,773,268

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