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AHP NGOs operating in Timor-Leste are Oxfam Australia, Plan International Australia, World Vision Australia and CARE Australia. Activities are being implemented with communities and local governments in the Oecusse, Covalima, Aileu, Lautem, Bobonaro and Viqueque municipalities, as well as nationally.

Timor-Leste program overview 

At the community level, Disaster READY focuses on inclusive community-based disaster risk management to ensure that people with disabilities, women and children are involved in disaster planning and that their different needs are being met. Activities include community-based hazard mapping, the development of action plans, analysing local knowledge and data on weather predictions and support for local early warning systems. Female representation is being increased in village (suco) and municipal disaster management committees and emergency preparedness training provided for schools, local health services, churches and community disaster management centres. Activities are designed to increase local resilience to hazard priorities in Timor-Leste, such as drought and floods, with particular focus on health and livelihoods.

Disaster READY in Timor-Leste aims to further strengthen disaster risk management coordination mechanisms at all levels. This includes involving and collaborating with disabled people’s organisations, NGOs, local, sub-national and national disaster risk reduction committees and the National Disaster Management Office.

Disaster risk in Timor-Leste 

Photo caption: A savings and loans group in Timor-Leste, part of World Vision's “Better Food, Better Health” program ©World Vision Australia.

Photo caption: A savings and loans group in Timor-Leste, part of World Vision's “Better Food, Better Health” program ©World Vision Australia.

Timor-Leste is a small, mountainous country whose population of 1.2 million is exposed to drought, flooding, landslides, storms, and earthquakes. The 2015 Global Assessment Report (GAR) on Disaster Risk Reduction identifies flooding as the most frequent natural disaster, followed by drought and storms. Climate change is likely to impact significantly on Timorese communities with climatologists predicting the weather in Timor-Leste will become hotter and drier, leading to harsher and more drawn-out drought conditions, causing heavier and more erratic rainfall, and increasing flooding and landslide hazards. Disaster risk reduction (DRR), disaster preparedness and response are recognised as important by the Government of Timor-Leste. 

Implementing partners

In Timor-Leste Disaster READY is implemented by Australian NGOs and their local partners:

  • Oxfam Australia is partnering with Ra’es Hadomi Timor Oan (RHTO), national-level NGOs, municipal NGOs, Red Cross Timor-Leste (CVTL),

  • Plan International Australia is partnering with ChildFund, local NGOs, CVTL,

  • World Vision Australia is partnering with Churches, RHTO, CVTL, and

  • CARE Australia is partnering with CVTL, RHTO, Rede Feto, local NGOs.