Governance for Development (GfD)

Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs in the GfD office

Cardno is bringing our operational expertise and strategic partnerships to the Government of Timor-Leste (GoTL) to help improve the economic outlook for Timor-Leste.

Cardno is managing a seven-year AU$46.37 million program, providing support to the Government of Timor-Leste to implement its Strategic Development Plan, which aims to transition the nation from a low income to upper and middle-income country by 2030. 

The Governance for Development (GfD) Program is a flexible and responsive program that focuses on a number of policy development and reform areas to support the GoTL to manage its resources and implement its Strategic Development Plan (SDP) 2011-2030. 

GfD aims to contribute to poverty reduction in Timor-Leste through economic development and improvement in the delivery of government services. It does this by working with the Office of the Prime Minister and Ministry of Finance on budgetary governance reforms; the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications and other economic institutions on economic reforms; and with the Civil Service Commission on public administration reforms. GfD supports decentralisation indirectly through reforms in GoTL’s public financial management systems. 

Cardno works in close collaboration with the DFAT / Australian Embassy Governance team to manage the program budget and resources, develop strategies to address GoTL support requirements, and to manage advisers and activities provided to GoTL agencies. Cardno manages a number of grants with international, national and academic institutions that complement the programmatic work. Cardno supports the information needs of DFAT by supporting program monitoring and evaluation, reporting progress, identifying opportunities, analysing risks and making recommendations. 

DFAT / Australian Embassy Governance teams manage other GfD program inputs directly, such as grants with the International Finance Corporation, the Asian Development Bank and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. 

Since mid-2014, GfD has supported GoTL to achieve the following: 

  • through a GfD grant with the OECD, GoTL has developed a Budgetary Governance Roadmap that outlines public financial management reforms for the next five years 
  • a government-wide shift from input-based budgeting to program-based budgeting, meaning that for the first time, budgets are linked to annual plans. In future, information on program delivery will be used to advocate for budget allocation to priority areas  
  • program budget structures have gender-sensitive outcome-based indicators. Gender markers are established so that funds allocated for programs that target gender can be tracked and reported upon
  • development of a Guide to Economic Reform and Growth
  • development of laws that establish the framework for private sector development 
  • analysis of business framework and recommendations for improving the business enabling environment and encouraging women’s economic empowerment
  • economic research that provides data for analysis and policy-making
  • development of a civil aviation policy
  • development of an agriculture investment planning tool  
  • development of the CSC Strategic Plan, which outlines the public administration reforms and policy areas, and considers gender equality in the civil service throughout
  • completion of a National Staffing Diagnostic (stocktake) of the entire civil service
  • proposal of an interface that links the personnel management database with payroll in the Ministry of Finance
  • conduct of a Public Perception Survey of the public service, which provides a baseline for customer satisfaction with government service delivery.  

The GfD Program follows on from the Interim Governance for Development Support Services that were provided by Cardno during the period September 2012 to June 2014.