- HUMANITARIAN UPDATE (English and Tetum)
The Humanitarian Updates aim at providing a periodic analysis of current humanitarian issues, facts, figures, and policy developments in Timor-Leste with primary attention given to internally displaced people (IDPs). The Humanitarian Update is based on voluntary information inputs from UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, NGOs, Sector Working Groups, and other partners. It analyses information from a variety of sector coordination meetings involving Timorese authorities. The Humanitarian Update is coordinated and issued by the OCHA/UNMIT Integrated Humanitarian Coordination Team (IHCT), on a fortnightly basis. Contributions and comments can be sent to the OCHA/UMMIT IHCT in Dili, Focal Points: firstname.lastname@example.org (mobile: +670 736 55 78) and email@example.com, (mobile +670 731 16 43).
- APPEALS FOR FUNDS
The Timor-Leste Transitional Strategy and Appeal 2008 (TSA) is a consolidated action plan to support the Government of Timor-Leste’s response to humanitarian and recovery needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and vulnerable communities as well as to strengthen the country’s disaster risk management. Launched in March 2008, it brings together national and international NGOs, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes as well as international organisations in an overall framework to enable a strategic and effective response. It includes feasible and realistic humanitarian and recovery assistance projects to be implemented in 2008.
The TSA is organized in three modules:
• Module 1: Humanitarian assistance for IDPs
• Module 2: Recovery activities in support of the National Recovery Strategy (NRS, ‘Hamutuk Hari’i Futuru’ strategy)
• Module 3: Disaster risk management
The TSA assesses and analyses the needs, rights and response mechanisms required in a transition period from emergency relief to recovery. External assistance, institutionally, technically and financially is still crucially needed to support the Government’s efforts to simultaneously respond effectively to the needs whilst building its capacity in a sustainable way.
Overall, the TSA includes 67 projects submitted in total by NGOs (13 international and six national), eight UN agencies, and IOM. They are requesting a total of $33.5 million. It is important that continued financial support be given during this key 2008 transition period to the inter-linked Governmental (NRS) and non-governmental humanitarian and recovery efforts (TSA) to help bridge the humanitarian and recovery gap and prioritise long-term development of Timor-Leste.