Project Background

Timor-Leste is one of the least developed countries in the region. Its economy is essentially agriculture-based, with approximately 75% of its total population of about 1.1 million living in rural areas. A key constraint to economic development is the poor condition of infrastructure in general, and the road network in particular. Another serious structural problem of the economy is the inability to create employment opportunities for the rapidly expanding labour force. 

The Enhancing Rural Access (ERA), builds on the experiences previously gained in Timor-Leste in applying integrated capacity building and construction approaches, focusing upon labour-based road rehabilitation and private sector development.

Labour-based technology (LBT) optimizes the use of productive labour and complements the use of labour with essential equipment necessary to meet the specified technical and engineering standards.

ILO implements the Project with the Secretariat of State for Support and Promotion of Private Sector (SEAPRI) as the official Government counterpart institution. ILO collaborates through specific implementation agreements with Don Bosco Training Centre for the technical training component of the Project and with IADE (business development institute) for the business development training aspect of the Project.