New Zealand works with Timor-Leste to support the development of a sustainable and growing economy. Together we're focused on private sector development, education and training, and security and justice.

 

New Zealand works with Timor-Leste to support the development of a sustainable and growing economy. Together we're focused on private sector development, education and training, and security and justice. 

 Image showing total aid for Timor-Leste 2016/17
 

Shared vision

New Zealand and Timor-Leste have signed a Joint Commitment for Development.  This sets out the shared vision of our two governments, specifies the priority areas we’re focused on, and outlines our areas of responsibility for the period 2016-2020.

Read our Joint Commitment for Development 2016-2020  

What we're supporting

We're working closely with the Timor-Leste Government and other partners to deliver effective aid activities.

Priority Activities and outcomes

Agriculture 
Increase economic and food security benefits from agriculture

Supporting $14.4 million five-year activity through National Cooperative Business Association/Cooperativa Cafe Timor to improve the production of coffee (both arabica and robusta) and cacao for rural farmers.  It is expected that by end of the activity there will be around 6,000 coffee farms rehabilitated and 2,631 new coffee and cocoa farms established.

Fisheries
Increase economic and food security benefits from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

Supporting a $6 million five-year activity to strengthen aquaculture capability to meet nutrition, food security and income generation targets with the Timor-Leste Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and NIWA.

Education 
Improve knowledge, skills and basic education

Improving access to, and the quality of, early childhood education through partnerships with the Timorese Ministry of Education, UNICEF and Grow Human Resources International Ltd through investments:

  • of $12 million over five years to improve teacher training and support, learning materials and facilities, and parent education
  • of $1.9 million across two districts to improve learning and development outcomes of 5,200 children and 2,000 parents
  • in proven early childhood education models that can be replicated nationally.


Providing 15 undergraduate and post-graduate, 20 short-term and 12 English Language training scholarships each year.  Fifty two undergraduate and post-graduate tertiary scholars are currently studying in New Zealand.

Law and justice 
Strengthen law and justice systems

Promoting safe and secure communities through a $14 million five-year  Timor-Leste Community Policing Support Programme including:
• two New Zealand Police advisors and The Asia Foundation providing mentoring and capacity development support to the Timor-Leste National Police
• construction of police housing in 14 sucos (villages) to enable police to live and work within communities.

Find out more about New Zealand Aid Programme activities in Timor-Leste 

Recent achievements

Priority  Achievement

Agriculture 
Increase economic and food security benefits from agriculture

 

Our coffee/cacao activity has:
• created around 5,500 new jobs
• rehabilitated 1,887 hectares of coffee plantation
• established 916 cocoa and robusta  coffee farms
• trained 3,503 farmers in coffee bean production improvements and
• established 53 small and medium enterprises.

Fisheries

Increase economic and food security benefits from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

 Our aquaculture activity has:
• established 200 small and micro enterprises
• achieved between 1.3-1.7 tonnes/hectare productivity in tilapia fishponds and
• distributed nearly 1 million fingerlings of Gift tilapia from the Gleno hatchery to farmers in 11 Municipalities.
Education 
Improve knowledge, skills and basic education

Our early childhood education activity has:
• trained 857 teachers
• delivered learning materials to 307 pre-schools and
• established 120 new community-based preschools in rural areas.
Our Lafaek activity distributed magazines to 100,000 pre-schools and Grade 1-2 three times in 2016/17. A similar magazine reached 10,000 teachers per edition and a community magazine reached around 80,000 households per edition providing information on parenting, nutrition, hygiene, small business and financial literacy.
In 2016, 25 scholars graduated with tertiary qualifications in New Zealand and returned to Timor-Leste to apply skills learnt.

Law and justice
Strengthen law and justice systems

Our community policing programme has:
• provided community policing awareness training to  1,257 police
• trained 415 Suku (Village) Police Officers  in community policing reporting
• trained 15 police trainers to establish a community policing training team
• supported the establishment of 167 Community Policing Councils, 12 Municipality Security Councils and 1 Regional Security Council
• developed policies for Suku Police Officers, Municipal Security Councils, Community Policing Councils, and Police Housing.