The UNICEF Timor-Leste country office works in close partnership with the Government and partners to ensure the realisation of the rights of every child in Timor-Leste.
Our office is based in the capital, Dilli, and we work on projects to support children and families throughout the country.
UNICEF works to ensure that children enjoy the rights guaranteed to them in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). UNICEF is working towards the achievement of the following outcomes, with a specific emphasis on the most vulnerable children:
Reduced child mortality and malnutrition through improved and equitable use of quality high-impact health, nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene education (WASH) interventions.
Improved and equitable access to and quality of inclusive early learning and basic education, and increased basic education retention, completion and achievement rates.
Improved and equitable use of a child care and protection system that effectively protects children from violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect.
Strengthened advocacy for protection of the rights of children and the generation of high-quality evidence and knowledge to inform the development of equity-sensitive and child-centred social policies.
Timor-Leste is subject to frequent natural disasters, including flooding and landslides (caused by heavy rains) and drought. With relatively poor infrastructure and insufficient disaster preparedness and response capacity, even small events can have a major impact on the lives of people, particularly children, in food security, access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities and school attendance.