Delegation of the European Union to Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste Roadmap for Engagement with Civil Society 2016-2020 (update 2018)

24/09/2017 - 09:49
Civil Society and Media

At the end of 2017, the EU Delegation took the decision to update the Roadmap, again in consultation with Civil Society Organisations (CSO), and further measures for its implementation.

The updated version of the Roadmap intends to enhance the EU support to and engagement with Timorese CSO to optimise their role as development actors. Based on the research and analysis undertaken along with the consultation processes with CSO carried out in 2016 and 2017, this Roadmap validates, slightly updating the phrasing, the previous four priorities for action by the EUD and EU Member States for the period 2018-2020, the end of the EU programming cycle:

  • Establish closer partnerships between the EU, CSO and the GoTL to promote an improved enabling environment (EE) and participation for CSO in Timor-Leste;
  • Support civil society efforts to promote human rights, peace culture and gender equality;
  • Support civil society efforts to promote social accountability as a way to improve the quality and effectiveness of public policies and promote good management of public resources;
  • Foster partnerships between CSO and the government to enhance the delivery and quality of public goods, particularly in rural areas, to reduce food insecurity, improve nutrition and economic opportunities.


As a significant element of this RM, the EU have commissioned a CSO Mapping, which will identify and assess key Civil Society actors, their roles and interactions throughout the public policy cycle in the two focal sectors of cooperation of the 11th EDF National Indicative Programme (i.e. good governance and rural development, including nutrition), in gender (the EU Delegation Gender Action Plan was recently approved) and education. The CSO Mapping should be completed early 2019.


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