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Timor-Leste

EWB Australia has worked with communities in Timor-Leste for over a decade to create positive social impact.
Population: 1.3 million
Capital City: Dili
Language: Portuguese and Tetun

Timor-Leste is still in recovery post its fight for independence in the late 1990s, which saw years of conflict that significantly damaged infrastructure and dislocated thousands of its people. It continues to be one of the world’s poorest countries (ranked 147/186 on the UN’s Human Development Index). Health and education remain important challenges and development priorities.

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Of population uses basic sanitation services 

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Schools have fully functional toilet facilities

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Households that use clean energy (electricity and gas) for cooking

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Women in the labour force (of total working age population) 

* Sources: UNICEF, Asian Development Bank

Our Work

EWB Australia works to improve the quality of life of people living and working in disadvantaged communities in Timor-Leste. Our work is impact-led, with a focus on positive, sustainable and long-term change. We do this within local communities, to ensure we build the capacity of the people who live and work in them. Through this approach, we have established long-term relationships with local organisations with whom we partner, to ensure the solutions developed are evidence-based, relevant and, importantly, approved by each community. 

In Timor-Leste, we work across a specific range of thematic programs, including Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)Education & Training, Professional Skills Development and Women In Engineering 

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Our Impact

EWB Australia in Timor-Leste is currently engaged in a range of technical solutions and sector/systems-strengthening projects.

Our Team


Key to this work are our in-country EWB Australia staff and our volunteer Field Professionals. Our Field Professionals are technical or thematic specialists from Australia and New Zealand who volunteer in Timor-Leste to provide critical expertise, mentoring and capacity-building. These technical professionals are not only skilled in the development of appropriate systems and solutions, but also in community-led design and engagement. Our Field Professionals work closely alongside local counterparts in a mentoring and coaching role, sharing knowledge and bringing innovative approaches to the development of appropriate solutions for communities. 

Jack Nugent
Jack Nugent
Technical Advisor
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Francisco dos Reis
Francisco dos Reis
Mobilisation Lead
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Elsa Ximenes
Elsa Ximenes
Program Support Officer
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Dulce Soares
Dulce Soares
Women in Engineering Program Coordinator
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Chandra Ximenes
Chandra Ximenes
Women in Engineering Project Officer
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Our Partners

Our Timor-Leste programs are supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Our current partners in Timor-Leste include:

Other Programs

Alongside our Community Program within Timor-Leste, EWB Australia facilitates a range of education, research and training programs for Australia students and professionals that aim to broaden awareness  about the challenges in Timor-Leste and mobilise expertise to create even more opportunities for impact.

Impact Stories

EWB adapts to support its partnerships for recovery in the Asia-Pacific 23 September, 2020 - EWB Australia’s work in the Asia Pacific region has deep impact due to the multi-layered partnerships that have been fostered. COVID-19 has demanded that we adjust and strengthen these partnerships - to be supporting both response and recovery phases - with a focus on health, social cohesion and stability. Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and… read more
Menstrual hygiene needs attention. Period. 28 May, 2020 - Menstrual hygiene is gaining traction as a critical water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) concern in the Asia-Pacific, and intersects many Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In Timor-Leste, our WASH program works to support the needs of rural communities in relation to menstrual hygiene. Many women are limited by their periods. A lack of appropriate menstrual hygiene… read more
Scoping for best-practice 12 December, 2019 - Much has been written about the EWB Challenge—our ground-breaking, first-year University program, now in its 13th year. Embedded into the curriculum of 28 Australian and New Zealand Universities (and adopted by EWB organisations around the world), the EWB Challenge inspires human-centred thinking on a real-world challenge. Less visible is the 12-month process, depth of thinking and… read more