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USAID Tourism For All

Facing a fragmented tourism sector, USAID’s investment promotes Timor-Leste’s vision of becoming a competitive international tourism destination while preserving the country’s unique environmental and cultural heritage. The project focuses on two main objectives to achieve that vision. The first is to ensure that institutions, policies and laws are in place to fully implement the national tourism policy launched in 2017. The second objective is to promote sustainable private sector tourism investments and participation by Timorese communities, local and international NGOs, associations, and others, and create replicable models of sustainability and best practice.

Communities Ending Violence Against Girls, Boys, And Women (HARMONIA)

Communities Ending Violence Against Girls, Boys, and Women (Harmonia) is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) activity in Timor-Leste working to end violence through a people-to-people approach that targets the drivers of violence at the household, community, and institutional levels.  This will be done through behavioral change as well as efforts to strengthen the country’s enforcement of its Law Against Domestic Violence.  Timor-Leste, a young, vibrant democracy, emerged out of a long history of violence with a legacy of a conquer-and -control political system, colonialism, a struggle for independence, and an overarching patriarchal social structure.  Today, these factors continue to contribute to a culture of violence in Timor-Leste at the family, household, and community levels. This includes widespread violence against women, boys, and girls.

Building Community Resilience in Timor-Leste

To support sustainable preparedness strategies that empower vulnerable communities to cope with natural disasters independently, USAID is partnering with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to train national, district, and village officials on disaster preparedness and response techniques and to provide technical assistance to develop a national disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategy.  This program also strengthens livelihoods and enhances food security through community engagement in keyhole gardening and other environmentally friendly farming techniques, as well as awareness-raising on local vulnerabilities and hazards and the implementation of targeted mitigation strategies in disaster-prone municipalities. The program strengthens local response capacity by establishing Village Disaster Management Committees linked to Municipality Disaster Management Committees.  DRR also is being added to existing programs in food security, water and sanitation and rural development.

Last updated: August 25, 2021

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