MDF TL has stimulated
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women and men
Our work in Timor-Leste
Timor-Leste has achieved much since gaining independence in 1999. Poverty has declined, the security situation is much improved and many social development indicators are trending positive. However, the economy continues to struggle.
Despite having a reasonably open trade policy and some business investment tax incentives, private sector investment continues to be limited and, aside from offshore oil and gas and coffee, there are no significant exports.
To address this, MDF is working in Timor-Leste to stimulate investment and encourage business growth, focusing on economic sectors with pro-poor income and employment potential. Our two priority sectors in Timor-Leste are agriculture and tourism, with some activities in other sectors such as manufacturing.
Now in its second phase, MDF TL continues to work with entrepreneurs to build new markets, encourage investment and deepen engagement.
In 2018, MDF generated USD 61.3 million in additional income for poor women and men, and for the first time, the number of women benefitting from program activities surpassed the number of men benefitting in the Pacific region.
In Timor-Leste, many of MDF’s partner businesses achieved good results on gender equality, particularly women’s economic empowerment, stemming from MDF interventions.
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Study: Urban Poverty in Timor-Leste
What are the characteristics of urban poverty in Timor-Leste and what opportunities exist for pro-poor growth?
Find out how MDF’s impact in Timor-Leste has grown since 2013.
Story of significant change: Bucoli Green
Cultivating better practices and productivity for Baucau farm labourers
Local butcher beefs up its production capacity
The case for an international cable internet connection for Timor-Leste
Cruise Timor-Leste Standard Operating Procedure
A comprehensive manual for multi-stakeholder collaboration
Harvest time for Timor-Leste’s first locally grown rice brand