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Focal Point Training - Training on how to conduct monitoring and advocacy of reconstruction process, Joao Paulo Training Centre, Jun-08 26 October 2010

“Monitoring and Advocacy on Reconstruction Process”
12th-14th June 2008

16Timor Leste as a post conflict country was categorized into poor economic country.

Although the reconstruction process was going on for almost 7 years already. That is why Luta Hamutuk as a civil society organization that exist in Timor Leste think to have a deepen discussion on how to monitor the reconstruction process.

The need to have a control mechanism that effective to accompany reconstruction process is urgent. It is true that all of the things will be happen if we have a good quality of human resources and that is why we need a capacity building process from now.

Luta Hamutuk take responsibility over its focal points, in/directly work for this institution in Timor Leste, to promote their capacity. Therefore Luta Hamutuk in collaboration with its international partner called TIRI, organized three days workshop in Dili, Timor Leste, entitled: “Monitoring and Advocacy on Reconstruction Process”. This signifies that, Luta Hamutuk and International NGO TIRI were making every effort in order to share knowledge to society, especially for focal points who recently work with Luta Hamutuk. This effort will deepen their expertise to accompany reconstruction process through monitoring activity as well as advocacy as means to influence nation development process.

Workshop was opened by brief speech from Luta Hamutuk’s program Manager, Mr. Mericio Akara followed by Mr. Martin as TIRI representatives as well as member of National Parliament Mr. Cicilio Caminha who act also as the president of C commission. Generally, in this session speeches were indicate the same consideration especially on how TIRI could increase Timorese capacity and directly observe and listen to what Timorese had been done during 6 years of development.

Deputy of vice president of C commission within National Parliament Mr. Cecilio Caminha stated on his speech that: Monitoring is not a new term for us, Timorese people, especially for national NGOs since they had been closed with this matter. However, there are people who haven’t understood yet about this term as well as its application within their daily work. Sometimes they conduct monitoring, but they didn’t realized that they had performed monitoring activity, maybe within their village. Also, still that they haven’t understand on how to continue on such activity, what they have to do next and the result would be gained.

17Luta Hamutuk’s program manager then followed by explain mostly about the organization experience in conduct monitoring activity as well as advocacy on state’s work performance during this time. Finally, TIRI talked about their experience as an international institute in conduct monitoring activity in countries like Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Palestine. Why should monitored on realities that the government had been implemented within the country, and why TIRI have a strong commitment to conduct monitoring within other countries? This signify that monitoring is an important factor not only for Timor Leste but also become global consideration. This is also become determine factor since it in/directly related to people’s daily life. If there’s no monitoring activity, poverty is possible to emerge within the nation since the implementation policy run by the government might be deviated from the budget has been settled.

The objectives from the workshop were as follow:

  1. To put ideas in order to assist on setting common understanding regarding significance of aids given to Timor Leste, like money put into state budget, thus strengthen the integrity.
  2. Provide knowledge and conduct discussion through specific mechanism in order to increase skills on monitoring work
  3. Skills training for focal points on how to conduct monitoring on reconstruction project like: electricity, road rehabilitation, and veteran housing
  4. Advocacy’s planning and strategy as well as its impact on state policy.

About 24 people mostly Luta Hamutuk’s focal point were participated in this event as well as executive members of the institution. Topics given during three days of workshop were like monitoring experiences, case analysis and comparative study from TIRI and Luta Hamutuk, as well as a material presented by former Minister of Health Department of Timor Leste.

First day (June 12, 2008):
• Monitoring Ethic and Challenges (Martin Tisne-TIRI)
• Lospalos Monitoring Committee’s Lesson Learned (Elio-Luta Hamutuk)
• Case Study on Power Sector Problems in Timor Leste (Jose-Luta Hamutuk)
• Monitoring Ethic and Challenges (Claire-TIRI)
Second day (June 13, 2008):

  1. Reconstruction Process in Timor Leste from UNTAET period to the Actual Government (Dr. Rui de Araujo-Former Vice Prime Minister of Timor Leste)
  2. Mehtodology of Collecting data process (Joaozito-Luta Hamutuk)
  3. Group Exercise monitoring interviews (Martin Tisne-TIRI)
  4. Field Visit and output Monitoring (Claire-TIRI)


Last day (June 14, 2008)
• Steps of Advocacy process (Mericio Akara-Luta Hamutuk)

- Since Luta Hamutuk still conducts its monitoring work only in some area thus participants suggest to widen the area of its work within different districts where focal points are coming from.
- Some stated that how to monitor on project have been implemented?
Is it possible for focal point from different places to be including also within the committee?
If there is corruption indication, how to monitor on case processing to court?
Some focal points were felt disappointed with materials presented by partner since it seems too theoretical and some of them has recently entered implementation phase. They were more in contented since TIRI did not conduct presentation on any cases from three countries stated to be the area of their monitoring work.

18Look over the workshop materials presented by spokesperson, seems like they need to be improve as well as be considered in the future.

The former Minister of Health in this opportunity also questioning on how civil society can conduct as determinant factor in assuring development process within the nation.
TIRI experiences had shared to us, was a good initiative since it will create consideration within Timorese people that monitoring activity can generate a society who have sensibility for this beloved nation. Moreover, transparent culture is possible to emerge between government and its people in order to reinforce the nation. At this moment, many countries have put their consideration on transparency aspect since this has become global interest not only within organizations or government. For example, we can learn from TIRI’s experiences which conduct their monitoring work on different countries like
Afghanistan and Palestine. Why such interest within TIRI, because this world now, isn’t only belong to certain people but globally belong to every human kind. And should every nation with its components take consideration on assuring that policy implemented by the government is a transparent process thus people can easily monitor its performance.

With the spirit on such aspect as explained previously, Luta Hamutuk as civil society organization in Timor-Leste believe that it is on necessity to create critical environment for society in order to guarantee that everything is run according to nation’s interest. In addition, as an organization which focused on government’s work performance, Luta Hamutuk think that, others experience should to interchange with Timor Leste thus give some perspective on how to deepen people’s knowledge on the objective behind monitoring work.

During three days of workshop, it signify that monitoring is not an easy work equal with people selling vegetables in local market, but need sensibility concerning real situation being seen everyday. Beside, need also sufficient of knowledge to identify on what we need if sometimes there are deviation with the reality.

Monitoring work is a whole package with advocacy; signify that people who conduct monitoring activity need to obtain sufficient information therefore the activity can well performed according to plan which has been settled. Globally, experiences show that facts are needed whenever run on first advocacy, anyway where were the facts coming from? Facts are coming from monitoring of all types and specific capacity is needed to process one by one of the information before conduct advocacy. Information become as the center of monitoring activity therefore Luta Hamutuk with its experience has able to take part on Focal Point works, thus can get better understanding on what international partner had explained to them. Once again, monitoring work isn’t exclusive work but this activity has become global consideration.