Good Practice

Investment budget execution support for rural infrastructure development and employment generation (TIM works) Norwegian Contribution - Final Evaluation

Good Practice Description

The use of training and trial contracts was a good way to develop contractors. The trial contracts gave an incentive to the contractors to attend the training. During discussion with the contractors it transpired that there was little suitable training available in Timor-Leste and that this was the first training that many had attended. The training included issues not solely related to LBAT including planning and management and these were seen to be very useful by the participants.

Ongoing continuous training also contributed to a good outcome. This included training for SEFOPE as well as the community contractors, the regular contractors and the communities. In addition to the formal training this included continuous 'on the job' training. ILO trained SEFOPE staff continuously and SEFOPE staff trained the communities, contractors and others continuously.
Working within an institution such as SEFOPE was useful and contributed to the positive outcome. ILO staff working full time on the project were restricted to the labour-based engineer in Dili and the three regional engineers. ILO staff, on attachment, undertook other short-term inputs such as the contractor training. SEFOPE was committed to the project and provided all the staff that worked in the field on the projects. SEFOPE's key role and the positive attitude of the director and others were crucial to the success of the project.