Over 100 Municipal Directors will be trained in data collection to improve transparency and help monitor the performance of the municipalities.
The European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a new training programme on data collection through the ‘Municipal Portal’ to increase the skills and capacities of municipal civil servants in Timor-Leste. This initiative is part of the 3.5 million euro EU-UNDP Project “Strengthening Integral Local Development by Building the Capacities of the Municipal Authorities in Timor-Leste” implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of State Administration, the National Parliament, the National Institute for Public Administration (INAP) and Municipal Authorities.
These workshops aim at increasing understanding among local civil servants of the Municipal Portal’s tools and data indicators and at encouraging trainee participation and feedback. The sessions will also help coordinate data collection efforts between municipal services and the Ministry of State Administration.
The Municipal Portal is an interactive platform for tracking and monitoring the progress of development markers at municipal and village level with the aim of identifying quality gaps.
The platform is based upon a set of development indicators that enable data analysis and comparison across all municipalities, to enable better planning and service delivery at local levels. With the support of the European Union, the project is starting its capacity-building phase for public civil servants.
“Municipal Authorities and municipal civil servants are the target of this large and costly project. It is not enough just to have the opportunity to get to know the utility of the Municipal Portal and its benefits, but there must be a sense of belonging and a spirit of responsibility after being truly trained. A capacity that merges into everything, knowing, practicing, transmitting, and preserving so that everything that has been achieved does not wane.” Underlined the Minister of State Administration, Miguel Pereira de Carvalho.
“The European Union is proud to support the decentralisation process and the development of the Municipalities through effective, participatory and innovative methods implemented in close coordination with the Government, the UNDP and the people of Timor-Leste. Good governance at local level is necessary to achieve sustainable development and equitable outcomes. The training on Data collection will improve social inclusion and access to better services for citizens”, said Mr Andrew Jacobs, Ambassador of the European Union to Timor-Leste.
“Reliable access to municipal data enables the central government and the local authorities to foster inclusive and effective policies”, said Ms Munkhtuya Altangerel, UNDP Resident Representative. She added that “development must be performed in the municipalities, close to the people, and capacity-building is our most powerful tool to achieve the development of resilient communities in Timor-Leste”.
The “Municipal Portal" programme is complementary to an EU-financed 11.25 million euros budget support programme for decentralisation and deconcentration for which a financing agreement was signed by the Timorese Government and the EU Ambassador Andrew Jacobs last February 2020.