Background

As part of the regional core and focal area of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Peace Fund was created in 2009, based on
a bilateral cooperation agreement between the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
and the Federal Republic of Germany.

It is managed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
on behalf of the German Federal Ministry (BMZ).

The Peace Fund is authorized by and implemented together with the State Secretariat of Youth and Sports (SSYS) of Timor-Leste.

The Situation of the Youth in Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste is a post-conflict country and 54% of Timorese people are under the age of 19. Unemployment, a lack of capacity for self-help, a feeling of abandonment and the lack of integration in state and social structures give rise to frustration among young people. This leaves them open to the threat of radicalisation and instrumentalisation, which they often find difficult to oppose. There have been few successful efforts to date to counter the potential for violence among young people in a constructive way.

Project Approach
Consequently the project is geared towards the objective that state and non-state structures in the youth sector implement peace-promoting and gender-differentiated policies and measures nationwide at both national and decentralised levels.

The project is relevant to the peaceful and democratic development of Timor-Leste, since it focuses on a key sector of the population that is currently discontent and potentially violent. It develops services and sustainable structures for young people and brings together those actors which are relevant for the youth of Timor-Leste. Insitutions are strengthened and professionalised and at the same time the active and direct participation of young people and their organisations is supported.

Strategy Paper

Peace and youth promotion under conditions of fragile statehood (april 2012)