ADB is working with civil society organizations in Timor-Leste to offer vocational skills training to reduce unemployment and promote development.


Timor-Leste - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) promotes partnership with civil society organizations in the design and implementation of its projects.

In Timor-Leste, ADB engaged Claret and Don Bosco training centers to teach vocational skills for the youth.

"In terms of preparing our people to compete with other Asian nations, I think we have to have a certain qualifications to compete nationally and then also internationally," says Isabel de Lima, Chief of Secretariat, Secretary of State for Vocational Training and Employment (SEFOPE).

"We prepare them to work in Timor-Leste and also outside Timor-Leste," comments Fr. John Laba, School Director of the Comoro Don Bosco Training Centre.

"Here, we have general construction department, automotive department, air condition department, and also administration and computer section."

"The development of the country depends on the development of the people," adds Fr. Juan Roberto, Director of the Salele Claret Training Centre.

"Today, I'm very proud that we started with only 4 girls in 2014 in civil construction. But now, we have more 52 per cent all the students are girls, 48 per cent are boys. I’m very happy about it."

A total of 2,500 youth were trained under the ADB Mid-Level Skills Training Project.

Partnering with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) enhances ADB’s work.