This case study is part of the Humanitarian Advisory Group and World Vision Beyond Barriers research project. It was conducted to understand country-specific approaches to Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction integration and inform approaches to strengthening community-level outcomes. The study focused on Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) programming in Timor-Leste, though its results are intended for a wider range of stakeholders. This case study will complement six other country case studies and additional Pacific-wide datasets to contribute to a final report and recommendations for enhanced integrated programming in the Pacific.
This case study presents findings for consideration by implementing agencies. The study indicates that recent efforts toward integration at the policy level are not yet reflected in integrated programming at the community level. Disaster management structures that can be leveraged to support integrated approaches at the community level are not consistently established or well resourced. Furthermore, quality, accessible climate and disaster risk information that could support more informed decision making does not consistently reach communities. On the other hand, the central role of government in reducing risk and vulnerability in collaboration with other stakeholders, including civil society and the private sector, is widely recognised. There is significant opportunity to leverage the good practice and progress that is being made in Timor-Leste's policies and operational practices to enhance community outcomes. Future phases of this research may seek to explore deepening the data set and implementing and assessing recommendations to link evidence to impact.