UNDP Strengthened Partnership with SEFOPE to Enhance Livelihoods of Rural Communities in Timor-Leste

February 20, 2024

During the raining season, local communities do planting and cleaning activities in their garden.

UNDP Timor-Leste/GCF

Dili, 12/02/2024 – UNDP and SEFOPE signed the Letter of Agreement (LoA) to pledge the collaborate for Cash for Work for rural communities in the Municipality of Bobonaro, Ermera, Liquica, and RAEOA, and provide on-the-job training for the SEFOPE’s vocational training graduates and the rural communities


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed the Letter of Agreement (LoA) with the Secretariat of State for Vocational Training and Employment (SEFOPE) to provide support on short-term employment, Cash for Work, for the rural communities in the Municipality of Bobonaro, Ermera, Liquica, and Special Administrative Region of Oé-Cusse Ambeno (RAEOA), and assist on-the-job training for SEFOPE’s vocational training graduates through the four-year construction program led by the UNDP Community Infrastructure for Resilience Project (CIReP).


Through CIReP, UNDP aims to safeguard rural communities by strengthening the resilience of community infrastructures and improving access to basic services such as health, education, markets, irrigation, water, and sanitation, which are vital assets to enhance people’s lives and livelihoods. The project will conduct new construction/ rehabilitation of 40 community infrastructures, including water systems, public toilets, bridges, maternity health center, rainwater harvesting systems, gabion/retaining walls, and community centers, in the Municipality of Bobonaro, Ermera, Liquica, and RAEOA. 


In partnership with SEFOPE, UNDP bolsters the employment of vulnerable groups, such as women and youth, by promoting the gender-responsive practice and hands-on learning programs through the project activity. It is also expected to make strides on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in the areas of gender equality (SDG 5), and decent work and economic growth (SDG 8).



Contact Information: Tito De Jesus Filipe Da Costa, Project Manager of CIReP, UNDP (UN House, Caicoli Street, Dili Timor-Leste)