Community Mobilization for Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion in Service Delivery (COMPASIS) Project (Timor-Leste)

The UN agencies implementing this project sought the support of the UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) to enable a multi-agency response to the social and economic needs of the vulnerable poverty-stricken local population within the Ermera and Oecusse districts of Timor-Leste. This multifaceted project meets the criteria for the Human Security approach, and is integral to the UN's input into the human security and sustainable development of Timor-Leste

The UN agencies implementing this project sought the support of the UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) to enable a multi-agency response to the social and economic needs of the vulnerable poverty-stricken local population within the Ermera and Oecusse districts of Timor-Leste. This multifaceted project meets the criteria for the Human Security approach, and is integral to the UN's input into the human security and sustainable development of Timor-Leste

Project description

The COMPASIS project seeks to protect extremely poor households (with a major focus on women farmers, widows, unemployed youth, returning IDPs, children, and food insecure people) in the identified districts of Ermera and Oecusse. The COMPASIS project aims to protect these beneficiaries against threats of civil strife, poverty, hunger, poor health, illiteracy and social exclusion so that they are empowered to realize their fundamental rights and full human potential. In this way, the COMPASIS project will use proven approaches of community mobilisation and social inclusion to both a) reduce extreme poverty and improve income generation and food security among vulnerable groups through community mobilization, agro-based micro-enterprises, skills training and post-training support; and b) promote social inclusion in the service delivery system through the education participation of out of school children; community awareness of maternal and child health; and capacity of service providers in planning and executing community-based water, sanitation and primary health/hygiene schemes. This project is implemented by UNDP, FAO, ILO, UNICEF, UNFPA, WFP

Project strategy

The targeted beneficiaries for this project broadly include women farmers, widows, unemployed youth, returning 1DPs, children, and food insecure people. The activities will particularly focus on overlapping target groups in the formation of self help groups. The process of beneficiary identification will be assessed through suco (village) level consultation but the groups that lend themselves to self-selection include women farmers, widows, unemployed youth, returning IDPs, children, and food insecure people. These groups are vulnerable to crisis and violence, sudden economic decline, and acute human development deprivation (in terms of health and education). Strong input relating to the formation of self help groups will be received from other district level government representatives, current participants in partnering organization initiatives, and self-selection.

The objectives of the project are:

§ To reduce extreme poverty among vulnerable groups through community mobilization, agro-based micro-enterprises, skills training and post-training support.

§ To promote social inclusion in the service delivery system.