Civil Society and Good Governance in Timor-Leste

The Civil Society and Good Governance in Timor-Leste project is a development of a previous project led by Hivos entitled Survivor’s Project, which supported gender based violence (GBV) victims in Timor-Leste by providing them with the necessary tools and support to re-enter their communities as survivors rather than victims, whilst advocating for change. Similar to the Survivor’s Project, the Civil Society and Good Governance in Timor-Leste project continues to work closely with two civil society organizations, Fokupers and Acbit, focusing on raising community awareness, gaining support, and advocacy for survivors of GBV. Through a country-wide campaign and the dissemination of stories from survivors themselves, their hope is to get the support from the public in realizing these women’s contributions to Timor-Leste. In addition, these two CSOs continue to run their trauma-healing workshops and conduct support groups to women (and some men) GBV survivors in several municipalities around Timor-Leste and provide these survivors with the necessary tools and resources that will help heal old wounds and re-integrate them into the community.

At the same time, Hivos also supports two other Timorese CSOs: JSMP and La’o Hamutuk. Our work with JSMP focuses on providing better access to information on child justice and child rights by creating a module and conducting trainings to the community, and disseminating information to the greater public through newspapers and radio programs. La’o Hamutuk’s role in this project is to ensure good governance by conducting assessments, analysis, research, lobby, and advocacy on government activities and issues closely related to the country. The combined work and activities of all four partner CSOs is imperative to the development of the community as it provides a comprehensive approach to support marginalized and underserved populations, and raise the awareness to the entire community in Timor-Leste and reach 100,000 beneficiaries, both indirect and direct.

Ultimately, Hivos realizes the importance of capacity development of staff of our partner organizations so that they too can better support the rights of its citizens. Hivos provided two capacity development activities: Financial Resilience, and Media Outreach and Narrative Writing in the hopes of providing our partners with the necessary strategies and resources in achieving organizational sustainability.