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While individual training and organisational change are necessary, by themselves they are insufficient: capacity development requires institutional change and reform.
Graham Teskey
Graham Teskey
Principal Global Lead of Governance Practice, Abt Australia

Expanding Our Impact

Two-thirds of 1.3 million Timorese people still live below US$2 per day, and while child mortality rates have improved, many children under five still die of preventable and treatable diseases. High birth rates, limited family planning, and a bulging youth population places pressure on government and a weak private sector to create meaningful jobs and shore up national stability.

Through the Partnership for Human Development, Abt is supporting Timor-Leste’s goal to transition to an upper middle-income country, with a healthy, well-educated and safe population by 2030. Across health, education, sanitation, water, nutrition, gender equality, disability, and social protection, the partnership is helping the Government of Timor-Leste to reduce poverty, improve equality and expand wellbeing for coming generations of Timorese people. As part of the USAID Local Health System Sustainability Project (LHSS), Abt is helping Timor-Leste build a self-reliant health system that is well-governed, efficient, accountable, and responsive to people’s needs. Through close collaboration with local stakeholders and civil society, Abt is working to strengthen health sector governance, support health workforce management, promote healthy behaviors, and mobilize civil society organizations. Abt supported the country’s national COVID-19 response with health communications campaigns and vaccine promotion.

Number of women registered in Liga Inan, maternal and child health program

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