Gender and social inclusion report launched in Timor-Leste

Senior officials hold gender and social inclusion in infrastructure report at launch in Timor-Leste
Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and Territory, José Maria dos Reis (third from left) officially launches the report on Gender and Social Inclusion in Public Infrastructure Projects in Timor-Leste

A report on gender and social inclusion in public infrastructure projects in Timor-Leste was officially launched in Dili on 11 October.

Supported by Australia through Partnerships for Infrastructure (P4I), the report provides recommendations for improving gender and social inclusion throughout the infrastructure lifecycle, based on Timor-Leste’s context and international best practice. It recognises the importance of public infrastructure in delivering inclusive economic growth and sustainable development outcomes.

The launch event was attended by Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and Territory, José Maria dos Reis, with P4I's Executive Director, Elena Rose, delivering a presentation on the report's key recommendations.

In 2018, the Government of Timor-Leste adopted the second Maubisse Declaration to improve the lives of rural women and girls over a five-year period (2018-2023). With infrastructure recognised as key to the country’s development, the Declaration includes specific targets related to the inclusion of women in the sector. 

Declaration targets include policies that ensure 30% of those employed on public infrastructure projects in rural areas are women, greater participation of women-owned businesses, and improved disaggregated of data for better monitoring of public infrastructure project implementation.

Recommendations outlined in the report aim to contribute to Timor-Leste’s goal of ‘leaving no one behind’ in the delivery of public infrastructure, including women, girls, people with disabilities, and older persons.

Commissioned by Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Planning and Territory, National Development Agency, and State Secretariate for Equality and Social Inclusion, the report analyses the Government of Timor-Leste’s commitments, progress to date, and areas for further strengthening. 

The Asia Foundation in Timor-Leste coordinated primary data collection and analysis, consulting with over 70 representatives from government, development partners and civil society organisations.

To access the report and policy brief, visit

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