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New programme improved efficiency in tracking public expenditures

Dili - Training on a new tracking system is enabling officials at Timor-Leste’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to identify leaks and inefficiencies in public spending thereby enhancing the overall ability of ACC to investigate corruption-related cases. The methods and tools of the Public Expenditu more

Parliamentary Staff Complete Protocol Training

Dili – Staff members of the National Parliament recently completed a Parliamentary Protocol training designed to provide them with the techniques needed to plan and organize parliamentary events. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e). Ten staff from the Public Relations and Protocol Department attended the more

SOPs provide ACC staff with clear guidelines and confidence

Dili – The establishment and implementation of the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) first set of Standard Operating Procedures has for the first time provided agency officials with clear guidelines along with improved confidence in dealing with their daily responsibilities. (Lee versaun Tetum iha more

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Senior Legal Professionals to Take Larger Role in Training

Dili – Thirteen Timorese judges, prosecutors, public defenders,  lawyers, national university professors and  Ministry of Justice (MoJ) senior staff have successfully completed a two-week training-of-trainers (ToTs) programme designed to give them the skills needed to train the next genera more

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Supporting women at the heart of Asia’s newest democracy

Dili – Josefa Soares tiptoes in high heels over the few square meters of grass outside Timor-Leste’s parliament building. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e) Posing for a photograph, next to a row of flags at the entrance, she looks every part the politician. But Mrs Soares is a long way from her previous more

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Taking the court to the people

Ainaro – In a makeshift courtroom in the Ministry of Agriculture building in Ainaro town, Judge Jose Maria de Araujo is explaining the meaning of suspended sentence to defendant, Jose de Jesus. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e) The facts of de Jesus’ case are grim. On New Year’s Eve 2009, de Jesus, a su more

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Timorese finally land property rights

Liquica – Teresa de Jesus clutched her land papers and gave a shy grin. In December 2011, the 60-year old was one of 16 landowners who received the first land certificates ever issued in independent Timor-Leste. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e) Although land has been a thorny issue for this young natio more

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Voter education sessions aid disabled voters

Dili – Car mechanic Joel Fernandes paid no attention to the two steps that he climbed as he entered the polling station for local elections in 2005. His mind was on one thing – casting his vote. As he posted his ballot into the box Joel did not know that this would be the last vote he would cast bef more