Timor-Leste: Floods Emergency Response Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 55160-001

On 8 April 2021, the Government of Timor-Leste approached the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for an emergency grant from the APDRF to help restore lifesaving services disrupted by the floods as a result of the flooding. Based on identified needs, a proposed grant of $1 million from the APDRF is expected to be used for restoring life-saving services, including to (i) provide flood-affected and vulnerable people in the municipality of Dili with emergency support through a conditional transfer (cash or food-for-work) to assist with debris management and the rehabilitation of basic and essential community infrastructure; and (ii) support the crisis response to the flood-affected population, including those in the evacuation centers. Around 30,000 affected community members of the municipality of Dili will be direct beneficiaries of the project. An additional 65,000 individuals residing in the 50 most affected Aldeias (sub-villages) will also indirectly benefit from the proposed assistance.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Elfving, Rikard N.
    Southeast Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country
    Timor-Leste
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name Floods Emergency Response Project
Project Number 55160-001
Country Timor-Leste
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0785-TIM: Floods Emergency Response Project
Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Social protection initiatives

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description On 8 April 2021, the Government of Timor-Leste approached the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for an emergency grant from the APDRF to help restore lifesaving services disrupted by the floods as a result of the flooding. Based on identified needs, a proposed grant of $1 million from the APDRF is expected to be used for restoring life-saving services, including to (i) provide flood-affected and vulnerable people in the municipality of Dili with emergency support through a conditional transfer (cash or food-for-work) to assist with debris management and the rehabilitation of basic and essential community infrastructure; and (ii) support the crisis response to the flood-affected population, including those in the evacuation centers. Around 30,000 affected community members of the municipality of Dili will be direct beneficiaries of the project. An additional 65,000 individuals residing in the 50 most affected Aldeias (sub-villages) will also indirectly benefit from the proposed assistance. The proposed APDRF grant will be required for immediate response. The Ministry of State Administration will also support cash-for-work through in-kind contribution of equipment and brigades for large clearing jobs and waste management of debris.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The extent of the damage caused by the flooding is of a scale beyond the existing capacity and resources of the government to restore life-saving services to the affected population in the short- and medium-term. While the government is mobilizing its own resources, there is a need to supplement them with additional resources from development partners. Underlying development challenges such as poverty and unemployment, weak governance systems, and lack of disaster risk reduction system exacerbate the situation. The recent flooding has resulted in: (i) over 10,000 people losing their houses and now staying at temporary evacuation shelters; (ii) over 100,000 people losing their livelihoods and assets (estimated and extrapolated based on the early data available); and (iii) destroyed and damaged houses and community infrastructure resulting in significant amounts of debris and wastes. Moreover, access to affected areas for the delivery of humanitarian relief is inhibited by extensive damage on public infrastructure, including for transport, energy, and ICT. The Prime Minister of Timor-Leste estimates that damage and losses caused by the floods in Dili municipality would amount to $100 million.
Impact Restore lifesaving services disrupted by the floods as a result of the flooding
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Restore lifesaving services disrupted by the floods as a result of the flooding
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Provide flood-affected and vulnerable people in the municipality of Dili with emergency support through a conditional transfer (cash or food-for-work) to assist with debris management and the rehabilitation of basic and essential community infrastructure

Support the crisis response to the flood-affected population, including those in the evacuation centers

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Elfving, Rikard N.
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry for State Administration, INAP
[email protected]
INAP building Cormoro
1st floor, Justice Bldg Caoicoli, Dili
Democratic of Timor-Leste
Ministry for State Administration, INAP
INAP building Cormoro
1st floor, Justice Bldg Caoicoli, Dili
Democratic of Timor-Leste
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 08 Apr 2021 to 08 Apr 2021
MRM 21 May 2021
Approval 09 Apr 2021
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 12 Apr 2021

Grant 0785-TIM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
09 Apr 2021 16 Apr 2021 16 Apr 2021 16 Oct 2021 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 1.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 1.00 06 Sep 2021 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 06 Sep 2021 1.00 0.00 100%

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