Oaktree and PLAN make Progress
Before we steam ahead into 2016, it’s time to take a step back and acknowledge the end of a long held partnership between Oaktree and PLAN in Timor-Leste.
Oaktree first partnered with PLAN in Timor-Leste in 2009 on the Youth Livelihoods project, which focused on income generation, conflict resolution, financial and management skills. Using the lessons from those years, PLAN designed a five year Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development (YE4SD) project. Oaktree agreed to partially fund the economic component of YE4SD continuing the partnership with PLAN through the Youth Economic Empowerment Project (YEEP), beginning in January 2013 and concluding at the end of 2015.
YEEP achieved great success. 62 young men and women graduated R-WASH training and received support for seeking employment or creating self-employment opportunities. The most outstanding achievement was the creation and growth of Hakbiit Comunidade Rural (Empowering Rural Communities). The organisation was started by four participants of the Oaktree funded RWASH training in mid-2014, led by Dulce, and has now expanded to be a nine person organisation servicing two districts with plans to expand to all 13 districts in the future. Oaktree captured Dulce’s story on the 2014 annual review trip and it’s definitely worth a peek.
The broader YE4SD project has directly impacted 2,802 young people over the past three years and will continue for a further two years with funding from PLAN Germany and PLAN Australia. We have learned a great deal from working with PLAN Australia here in Melbourne. Their expertise has shaped some of our organisational policies and procedures, notably our Child Protection Policy and in-country Informed Consent processes.
The conclusion of YEEP does not spell the end of the relationship completely. Oaktree’s international partnership with PLAN Timor-Leste has also resulted in an ongoing partnership between PLAN Australia and Oaktree’s advocacy team as they join forces for campaigns taking place in 2015 and beyond.
Even though we are all sad to see the international partnership conclude we are extremely optimistic about the success of the project for the next two years and know that the impact will continue beyond our involvement.
Partnerships Manager, Plan Timor-Leste