Accelerating Clean Energy Access to Reduce Inequality (ACCESS)

Accelerating Clean Energy Access to Reduce Inequality (ACCESS)



Timor-Leste's National Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030 targets that everyone in Timor­Leste will have access to reliable electricity 24 hours a day by 2030. To achieve this target, rural electrification is a priority in Timor-Leste which will also contribute to urban and rural job growth and development. Based on the National Rural electrification master plan (REMP), in 2018, the electricity grid has reached most part of the country. However, according to the National Directorate for Research and Electricity Development, over 25% Sucos (Villages) & Aldeias (sub-villages) in Timor-Leste still have no access to the electricity grid.


The Installation of solar light in Manatuto Municipality



The objective of the Accelerating Clean Energy Access to Reduce Inequality (ACCESS) project is to support the poor and most vulnerable communities to have equitable and sustainable access to basic services for improving their livelihoods. The ACCESS project will be implemented in 2020-2023 in 23 villages in four provinces in Indonesia (East Nusa Tenggara, West Sulawesi, South­East Sulawesi and Central Kalimantan provinces) and 25 villages in three municipalities of Timor­Leste (Municipality of Dili (Atauro), Bobonaro and Manatuto). The ACCESS project is funded from the grant of USD 18,028,509 from the Korea International. Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Indonesia, from which Indonesia's allocation is USD 15,028,509 and USD 3 million for Timor­Leste. UNDP Indonesia is the implementation partner of KOICA for the ACCESS project. Under overall project management oversight by UNDP Indonesia, the UNDP Timor-Leste is responsible for producing Output two under South-South Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) activities with Indonesia in forms of clean energy technology and technical certification for local operators. For the project implementation, ACCESS projecrwill be supported by the Project Management Unit (PMU) in Indonesia and Timor-Leste. The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) and KOICA Indonesia are the counterparts in Indonesia, while the Ministry of State Administration (MSA), KOICA Timor-Leste are the counterparts in Timor-Leste. These counterparts are the project board members expected to steer and provide strategic direction to the PMU.




  • Information from the targeted households collected in regards to installing solar lights
  • Installed 748 Solar lights in 187 households
  • Completed data collection for detailed feasibility study
  • Signed Low-Value grant agreement on site survey for the installation of the solar water pump with National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL)
  • Signed Letter of Agreement with National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Indonesia, on detailed feasibility study of installing solar water pumps

Project Outcome

  The project aims to support the poor and most vulnerable communities to have equitable and sustainable access to basic services , namely water and electricity, for improving their livelihoods.  
Voice of beneficiaries from Manatuto municipality


Related Materials

Access Factsheet 2021

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Project Document

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