The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been working in Timor-Leste on behalf of the German Government since 2000.
Timor-Leste’s Strategic Development Plan recognises peacebuilding as an important cross-cutting topic. In this context it places particular emphasis on addressing the needs of socially marginalised groups and creating employment in rural areas.Cooperation between Germany and Timor-Leste focuses on peacebuilding. GIZ supports the efforts being made by the Government of Timor-Leste to promote social cohesion and peaceful development. Priority areas of cooperation are:
Employment promotion for marginalised groups in rural areas
Vocational training, youth development and the fight against corruption.
Other projects focus for example on providing advisory services and training in the maritime sector and on climate change.