Peace Strengthening Program

June 2006 ai??i?? May 2013

The Peace Strengthening (Hametin Dame) Program was launched in 2006, in the aftermath of the nationwide crisis. The program supported the reintegration process of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Hera and Vila Verde sub-districts of Dili, seeking ways to help local authorities and communities realize their vision for the future and work towards addressing challenges in achieving these goals.

Since its inception, the focus of the program has shifted further toward capacity building of suco councils and communities to enable self sufficiency in planning and implementation. Today, the program identifies conflict-related challenges faced by local authorities and assists in the mediation of these situations through traditional resources. High levels of community engagement have been critical to the reduction of such conflict.

Recently the program has also been able to expand its coverage into two additional districts: Oe-cusse (Pante Makassar sub-district) and LiquiAi??sa (LiquiAi??sa Vila sub-district). The program continues to cover Dili (Cristo Rei and Vera Cruz sub-districts).