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COMMUNITY ACTION PLANNING
On 28 October 2014 the Minister for Public Works, Gastao da Sousa and Australian Ambassador Peter Doyle launched a new Community Action Planning manual to support rural communities' access to sustainable clean water. Comprising three modules, the CAP manual was developed through an intensive participatory process. Read more ...

REVOLUTION BEGINS WITH AN AQUA BOTTLE AND HAIR
Communities across Timor-Leste are being inspired to build their own toilets by a single piece of hair, a water bottle, and some faeces. These are tools used in a triggering event: a meeting where community members are confronted with the ugly and unhygienic reality of open defecation. Download newsletter (450 KB).... or Read more...

AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY SHOWCASES BESIK
The Australian Embassy in Timor-Leste has been reporting on various BESIK activities. The Embassy website features how the Australian government continues to ensure remote communities in Timor-Leste gain and maintain access to clean drinking water and sanitation facilities, including in remote Oerema.  Read more... The Embassy's Facebook page (in Tetum) also covered the launch of BESIK's Handwashing with Soap Campaign: Fase Liman ho Sabaun’.  Read more...

RESIDENTS OF AIMERAHUN HAVE IMPROVED WATER SUPPLY

During the dry season the residents of the bairos of Tursalefa and Fatuk Klot in Aimerahun, just one hours drive from Dili, would need to rely on neighbours for their water supply. A water system first built in 1968 and then rehabilitated in 2000 was no longer working. Thanks to the collective action of the District Water and Sanitation Service (Serbisu Aqua no Saneamentu or SAS) and funding from BESIK, the NGO Biahula was able to ensure that 65 households (457 people) now have a more reliable water supply. Read more....

WASH FOR EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE  
In March, Australian Government and BESIK supported Government of Timor-Leste staff to attend a WASH conference in Brisbane. More than 300 government and NGO WASH sector leaders from the Pacific, Asia and Africa exchanged experiences and learning to improve service delivery.  Also, BESIK's National Water Services Adviser brought back some key learnings: talk the big dream, not the little pilot. Read more...

GETTING IT GOING AND KEEPING IT FLOWING.   
Rural water services in many countries perform poorly after the initial capital investments have been made. Dr Richard Carter explains that an investment in operations and management reaches coverage targets quicker than a business as usual approach.   Read more...

MAKING WATER MANAGEMENT GROUPS STRONGER   
There have been three studies into the functionality of Water Management Groups (GMFs), conducted at the request of the Secretary of State for Water and Sanitation. These explore women’s contributions in GMFs, the effectiveness of technical training for members and strategies to increase the sustainability of GMFs  Read more...

HAND WASHING WITH SOAP CAMPAIGN PRODUCES RESULTS
 
The Ministry of Health's Hand washing with Soap campaign, consisting of television advertisements and a series of activities in communities is producing results.  
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NATIONAL WATER RESOURCE PLANNING IS IMPORTANT
National management of water resources needs to be based on sound data about water sources and their quality.  Read more...



CONTACT US
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Email
info@besiktimor.org
Program Office
DNSA Compound (Ministry of Public Works)
Rua Jacinto Candido,
Caicoli, Dili,
Timor-Leste
Postal Address
P.O. Box 17, Dili,
Timor-Leste 
ABOUT BESIK
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BESIK  (Bee, Saneamentu no Ijiene iha Komunidade) is an Australian Government funded program transforming the lives of rural communities in Timor-Leste (East Timor). The program's goal is to improve the health and quality of life of people living in rural areas. The program supports Government of Timor-Leste's progress towards 2015 Millenium Development Goal targets so that rural communities will have sustainable and equitable access to safe water supply, improved sanitation and hygiene.

BESIK supports the lead role of Gvernment expansion of service delivery at national and district level. It works mainly with the Ministry of Public Works and Ministry of Health but also with other Ministries and sector partners (international agencies, non-government organisations (NGOs), training institutions) and with the private sector.

The current phase commenced in September 2012; a previous phase was implemented from 2007-2012. The current program has a focus on evidenced-based models for service delivery.

 
GEOSCIENCES AUSTRALIA: HYDROGEOLOGY OF TIMOR-LESTE
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Geosciences Australia (GA) have published a series of videos and reports related to the Hydrogeology of Timor-Leste project. "Everything is available in both English and Tetum," says Craig McVeigh, BESIK's Water Resource Managment Adviser. "The three videos in particular will be a great resource for many audiences," he adds. See links for 3 videos here....(in English) (in Tetum)


The first four minute video describes the water cycle in Timor Leste," says Craig. "The other two provide an overview of the hydrogeology and groundwater vulnerability, " he adds. "Although these videos include some technical matters, the information is extremely accessible and some of the shots of East Timor are spectacular. These videos are only four minutes long and would be of great interest to students of any age".

Craig says that GeoSciences Australia has also published a set of four excellent and related groundwater project reports for those with a strong technical interest in water resources. "These also provide a vulnerability assessment of climate change. In the set there is a summary report,  a catalogue of data records, a summary of GIS training methods  and a National Groundwater Monitoring Guide for Timor-Leste," he notes. 

While Craig is most enthusiastic about the three videos - he is getting some high definition versions on DVD - he believes that the body of work has made a significant contribution to mapping Timor-Leste's water resources, will be of great immediate benefit to his colleagues but ultimately for anyone using and reliant on safe, reliable water.

Click on icon below to go to relevant links on GeoSciences Australia website.
 
 

Vulnerability Assessment of
Climate Change Impacts
on Groundwater Resources
in Timor-Leste: Summary Report

 Catalogue of Datasets 
and Data Records: 
Assessment of Climate Change 
Impacts on 
Groundwater 
in Timor-Leste
GIS training methods, 
QGIS version 
(free software): 
Assessment of Climate Change 
Impacts on 
Groundwater i
n Timor-Leste
 
National Groundwater 
Monitoring Guide 
for Timor-Leste
 

Vulnerability Assessment 
of Climate Change Impacts 
on Groundwater Resources 
in Timor-Leste: 
Summary Report
KEY ROLE FOR WOMEN
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The importance of women's role in technical community water management is excellently described in a 2011 video put together by Engineers Without Borders Australia volunteer Justin Modra. The video looks at the partnership being established in Timor Leste for women in WASH. It graphically highlights the role women play as carriers and suppliers of water and the emerging roles being undertaken by women as a key to successfully-functioning volunteer community water management groups. Watch video here....

Gender equity has been improving in the WASH sector in Timor-Leste. There is better understanding of the importance of gender within the National Directorates for Water Services, Basic Sanitation, and Water Resources (DNSA, DNSB and DNCQA) as evidenced by annual plans which include minimum quotas (50% women in any new recruitments) and in community structures. 

Women’s intake into community water management groups (GMFs) significantly increased after 2010 (when 30% quotas were introduced) together with gender sensitive materials. Women’s participation in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities at community level grew together with increased emphasis on the importance of women’s involvement in community decision making.  Women began increasingly taking up technical roles within GMFs. However, there has been little change in the overall percentage of total female GMF members since that initial increase and this need to be explored.



Several studies were completed in 2013 to inform BESIK’s understanding of the functioning and capacity of Water Management Groups (GMF) with a significant focus on women’s roles. The GMF Study reports a positive correlation between women's participation, GMF functionality  and water system functionality.  Small in-depth inquiries provide potential explanations: women are effectiveness as people managers and problem solvers, have skill such as managing money and a stronger commitment to functioning water systems (as primary users and collectors of water).