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Plan International in Timor-Leste

Plan International has worked in Timor-Leste since 2001, helping children and youth to access their rights to education, health, livelihoods and protection.

The third country strategy of Plan International Timor-Leste defines our identity and guides our work from July 2018 until June 2023.

The ambition of this strategy is for Plan International Timor-Leste to become a leading child rights organisation in the country and an organisation that promotes gender equality with specific expertise on advancing the rights of girls and young women.

Plan International as a global organisation strives for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Our latest country strategy will contribute to this through 3 programmes: 

  1. The first supports young people, especially girls and young women, to control their own lives, bodies and futures and to participate in an active and positive way in the decision-making of their schools and communities. This gender-transformative programme has elements of economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, sexual and reproductive health and rights, youth-led civic action as well as formal engagement in local governance.
  2. The second addresses under-5 stunting through interventions at community level. It features innovative behaviour change communications on nutrition, practical parenting education, individual family counselling and water and sanitation activities. This work will be closely integrated with child sponsorship activities via community volunteers carrying out household outreach.
  3. The third programme will address the effects of climate change through enhancing child-centred community resilience and disaster preparedness. The entry point for this work will be schools as well as councils to engage on sustainable use of natural resources and disaster risk mapping. This programme will include also emergency responses if necessary, in view of the El Niño drought expected in 2023.

To achieve these goals, Plan International Timor-Leste has the following programmes ojectives and important focuses:

  1. Gender equality and girls' empowerment
  2. Early childhood development (nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene) 
  3. Climate resilience (disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation)
  4. Influencing. 

Children in Aileu District play at a tap that was installed by Plan International.