Since restoration of independence, Timor-Leste has rebuilt systems and processes to make sound, informed decisions for the benefit of Timorese society. While progress has been made, significant challenges remain.
Inconsistent data collection, a lack of training and academic knowledge, and inadequate data to support informed decision-making hinder efforts to coordinate, collect and effectively use data relating to children and young people, particularly the most marginalised and disengaged.
The Government of Timor-Leste has made significant progress in establishing baseline data and setting up systems for ongoing data collection. Timor-Leste now has a National Census, household surveys for health and living standards, and data sources including education and health management information systems . However, progress in system development has been concentrated in urban areas, and municipal governments are unable to provide the in-depth analysis required for decision-making. The quality and timeliness of data collected also needs improvement.
70 percent of Timor-Leste’s population lives in rural areas, but services are concentrated in urban centres.
Why we need to make a change:
• Data for evidence-based decision-making is still lacking, despite recent improvements, and few formal mechanisms for protecting children exist.
• Almost half of Timor-Leste’s population is under the age of 18.
• One in five young Timorese people aren’t employed or at school.
• 29 percent of women aged 15 to 19 years have reported experiencing physical violence in the last 12 months.