Mid-Year Review of the Consolidated Appeal for Timor-Leste 2007

17 July 2007

The humanitarian situation in Timor-Leste remains complex and multi-dimensional.  The challenges posed by the prolonged IDP crisis – which has now lasted over one year – represent the most critical and visible part of much deeper issues at stake for Timor-Leste.  100,000 people, a significant portion of the population, remain displaced, burdening the already precarious living conditions of host families in Dili and the Districts.  Despite positive economic projections for 2008[1], unemployment and poverty rates are high.  Fluctuating economic growth patterns are still heavily dependent on external factors.  Timor-Leste’s nascent institutions are constrained by a lack of capacity and heavily reliant on external expertise, resulting in important issues such as land and property legislation, establishment of social welfare systems, and the reform of the judiciary remaining unresolved. The situation for Timor-Leste’s most vulnerable has worsened over the last six months.   

There is consensus for the need totrigger a shift from a culture of assistance to one of national accountability, and from emergency aid to recovery and development, as soon as feasible.  The formation of a new Government following the 30 June Parliamentary elections offers an opportunity for a renewed focus on resolving and responding to the prolonged humanitarian situation through a strengthened partnership between the Government and the international community.  Every effort should be made to maximise available national economic resources to boost national growth and to respond to emergency humanitarian needs, including enhanced preparedness and contingency planning for future disasters.  Strategies and activities outlined in this Consolidated Appeal mid-year review and revision are complementary to the Government’s own humanitarian and recovery planning priorities, some of which are included in the overarching International COMPACT recovery framework.

The revised CHAP outlines the residual humanitarian needs until December 2007 which as of 10 July require US$15.9 million[2] in further funding.  The current revision takes into account recent changes in the context and its impact on continued humanitarian needs since January 2007.  As a result, the 2007 requirements were increased to $34.3 million.  This increase is explained by a continuing deterioration of humanitarian conditions, necessitating the prolongation of coordinated humanitarian action another six months; the inclusion of a greater number of appealing humanitarian actors, in particular non-governmental organisations; and a renewed focus on previously neglected sectors, including shelter and protection.  In addition, the appeal aims to begin core activities that will lay the foundations enabling the transition to early recovery. 

This revised and extended Appeal proposes 50 projects – revised or new – in ten sector strategies of action.  This will allow the CAP to focus efforts on addressing the following key strategic priorities between July and December: continue addressing the immediate humanitarian needs of IDPs, returnees and other vulnerable populations; initiate programmes for the transition from emergency to early recovery; and support the return, resettlement and reintegration of IDPs with durable solutions.   

[1]Country update: Timor-Leste, Economics@Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), 6 June 2007.

[2]All dollar figures in this document are United States dollars.  Funding for this appeal should be reported to the Financial Tracking Service (FTS, fts@reliefweb.int), which will display its requirements and funding on the CAP 2007 page.

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