04 December 2009

Timor-Leste: Open Conversation with Justice for the Poor Program Articulations of Local Governance in Timor-Leste: Implications for Decentralization

Begins: Dec 10, 2009 11:30 Ends: Dec 10, 2009 13:00 Event: Open Conversation with Justice for the Poor Program (Presentation by David Butterworth, Pamela Dale and Geraldo Moniz da Silva)

When: Thursday, December 10 at 11:30am

Where: Large Conference Room (World Bank Office, Lecidere)

Contact Person: Gabi Leite (telephone: 3324 649/8)

What is JUSTICE FOR THE POOR PROGRAM?

Justice for the Poor (J4P) is a World Bank program that focuses on mainstreaming justice considerations and conflict management into development processes. In particular, it aims to help poor and marginalized groups understand and enforce their socio-economic rights. The program operates in Africa (Kenya and Sierra Leone) and in a number of countries in East Asia and the Pacific (Indonesia, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea).

The Conversation on December 10th. What is it on?

Articulations of Local Governance in Timor-Leste: Implications for Decentralization

As decentralization approaches, it is becoming increasingly important to understand how the state engages with local authorities, and how citizens identify, access and claim their rights and entitlements. This presentation aims to encourage a vibrant discussion on what is a crucial, but still emerging, issue of governance and welfare in Timor-Leste.

The presentation will present findings from J4P research on the distribution of benefits within participatory, state-sponsored development initiatives ? using the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)/Ministry of State Administration and Territorial Management?s (MSATM) Local Development Program as an initial point of analysis. We will then open a broad-ranging dialogue on defining local level decision-making processes and outlining sources of Suco and Aldeia political and social legitimacy.

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