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More community-driven projects supported right across Timor-Leste

A further 10 year partnership between the Governments of Timor-Leste and Australia is helping to strengthen local infrastructure, empower communities, and improve decentralisation in Timor-Leste.

Representatives from the Governments of Timor-Leste and Australia met on Friday in Kolam Vitoria, east of Dili, to announce the continuation of the Programa Nasional Dezenvolvementu Suco (PNDS) which has completed more than 2000 infrastructure programs since 2013.

Ambassador Peter Roberts cutting tape at the launch event on Friday

'The signing of this Subsidiary Agreement today represents an additional commitment to the next 10 years,' said Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, HE Peter Roberts.

'Australia is pleased to fund the program for many reasons including assistance with designing all projects to seek ways to manage the risk of natural disasters.'

Cardno has been managing the PNDS Support Program for eight years and is delighted to continue to support as implementing partner for the PARTISIPA program. PNDS has built a total of 2173 infrastructure projects benefitting 300,000 households.

The program is unique through the emphasis it places on community, including women and people with disabilities, in deciding which projects to implement. PNDS is community-driven, giving the broader community great power over decision making and management from planning, construction and final accountability.

'The new PARTISIPA Program will continue to support PNDS over the next decade with assisting the improvement of service delivery by working with the Municipal Authorities throughout the country, and the extension of the rural water system, as well as other suco (village) infrastructure supported by improved operation and maintenance,' said Mr Roberts.

The Cardno-managed PARTISIPA program will not only support PNDS, but will also work with the Ministry of State Administration and Territorial Management (MAE) at the municipal level to strengthen the decentralisation roll out. PARTISIPA will also expand its focus to support a strengthened operations and maintenance approach for community-based infrastructure, particularly water.

For the first time ever, this year the program will reach and give grants to every suco (village) in Timor-Leste. This will help with critical flood recovery efforts, and a vital injection of resources and labour into the economy to bolster resilience against the effects of COVID-19.

The signing of this agreement demonstrates a long term commitment to development in Timor-Leste, with delivery through government systems and institutions partnering directly with the communities. Cardno is proud to celebrate this milestone together, with many results already achieved, and many more yet to come.

For further information contact:

Danielle Alford
Regional Manager - Asia
Email: Danielle.Alford@cardno.com