Timor-Leste Transitional Strategy and Appeal 2008

18 April 2008

Since the last 2007 Consolidated Appeal and following successful Presidential and Parliamentary elections in April and June 2007, Timor-Leste has continued its transition from relief to development.  It is recognised that there is no short-term solution to internal displacement: a phased and multi-dimensional approach is required to reach a sustainable resolution.  The TSA does not substitute for but rather complements Governmental humanitarian and recovery interventions.

The Transitional Strategy and Appeal (TSA) for Timor-Leste contains a modular framework including feasible and realistic humanitarian and recovery assistance projects to be implemented in 2008.  By definition, the TSA reflects a mixed strategy that combines a consolidated response to IDP-related humanitarian and recovery issues and a selected response to chronic vulnerabilities of the wider population that have a direct or indirect humanitarian impact.  The TSA does not constitute a framework for development initiatives.  These are being developed in parallel within broader, longer-term reconstruction and development assistance frameworks, planned by the Government of Timor-Leste and its development partners.

While humanitarian assistance in the IDP camps continues to be an imperative, recovery strategy and initiatives aiming at the creation of an enabling environment for IDPs’ return and/or resettlement have become the primary focus of the Government of Timor-Leste and its partners in 2008.  Furthermore, as natural disasters seriously impact on human and national security, strengthening the national disaster risk management capacity is essential to prevent future humanitarian needs arising.

The TSA is organised in modules corresponding to the three strategic priorities identified for 2008:

  • Module I:             Continue the provision of emergency assistance to IDPs in camps;
  • Module II:             Support the five pillars of the National Recovery Strategy;
  • Module III:            Strengthen national disaster risk management capacity.

In particular, Module II includes interventions by the humanitarian and recovery community to support the Government’s National Recovery Strategy (NRS) adopted in December 2007.  The NRS contains five strategic pillars covering the issues of: housing, security and stability, social protection, local economy and community trust-building.  With the implementation of the NRS it is expected that between 25 and 30% of the IDPs in camps will return, reintegrate or resettle by the end of 2008.

The TSA has followed a consolidated preparation process among humanitarian and recovery partners in close coordination with the Government.  The Government of Timor-Leste has identified six overall National Priorities to be addressed through its 2008 budget.  In particular, it has allocated an overall financial envelope of $15 million[1] to address IDP issues.  These financial resources constitute a significant step showing the increased commitment of the Government towards these issues. In addition to the Government’s existing resources and the support given to the TSA, it is likely that further donor support to Government’s efforts will be valuable to help meet the potential shortfall.

For instance, the Government has allocated $13.3 million of its own resources to support the housing pillar of the NRS, and the TSA includes an additional $1 million project supporting this pillar.  However, the Government estimates additional needs for this pillar at $17.5 million.

Overall, the TSA includes 67 projects submitted in total by NGOs (13 international and six national), eight UN agencies, and IOM.  They are requesting a total of $36.3 million.  With $2.8 million already committed, the outstanding requirement is of $33.5 million, which represents a decrease from the 2007 Appeal ($36 million).  More importantly, the balance between humanitarian and recovery-focused activities in the TSA has shifted.  The amount appealed for humanitarian assistance is $8.5 million, while the amount appealed for recovery activities is $17.9 million.  The amount appealed for disaster risk management support is $5.8 million and for overall coordination support, $1.3 million.

The 2007 CAP has been funded at 69%.  It is important that continued financial support be given during this key 2008 transition period to the inter-linked Governmental (NRS) and non-governmental humanitarian and recovery efforts (TSA) to help bridge the humanitarian and recovery gap and prioritise long-term development of Timor-Leste.

[1]All dollar signs in this document denote United States dollars.  Funding for this appeal should be reported to the Financial Tracking Service (FTS, fts@reliefweb.int), which will display requirements and current funding information on the CAP 2008 web page. 

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