Sensus Fo Fila Fali involved 18 dissemination teams visiting every one of Timor-Leste´s 442 sucos, where the Suco Reports were presented at a full-day workshop with community leaders.
About 20 local leaders were invited to attend each suco workshop.
Sensus Fo Fila Fali started with a launch on 4 November 2011 in every district and finished by the end of 2011.
The Census workshops gave community leaders a clear idea of the real situation in their respective sucos and districts, as well as the statistical picture on the national level.
At the Sensus Fo Fila Fali workshops, community leaders and other local stakeholders were taught how to interpret the social indicators presented in the Suco Reports. They also learnt how these indicators are related to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and how they can be used as benchmarks to monitor the socioeconomic progress of their villages.
Another important objective of the project was to serve as inspiration for Suco Chiefs and to get local communities involved in the process of improving the living conditions of everyone living in Timor-Leste.
We hope that community leaders will see how they can be leaders of their own local development, and how they can use social indicators to set realistic and measurable targets for the socioeconomic improvements in their villages.
Workshop facilitators were also able to give community leaders some concrete advice on how to achieve local progress, thus speeding up the development process of our country.
Sensus Fo Fila Fali disseminatin was coordinated by the MDG Secretariat and also involved staff from the Ministry of Finance and the National Statistics Directorate, functioning under the General Directorate of Policy, Analysis and Research (DGPAR), and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), as well as other line ministries.
The decision to undertake the Sensus Fo Fila Fali project was taken by the Minister of Finance and the Prime Minister. The design of the dissemination project also reflected suggestions made by members of the Census Technical Committee, which is composed of representatives from various ministries, state institutions, UN agencies and NGOs.
Sensus Fo Fila Fali was jointly financed by the Government of Timor-Leste, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and UNICEF.
On Monday 7 November 2011, the Minister of Finance, Minister of State Administration, and Vice-Minister of Finance visited Atauro for one of the first Sensus Fo Fila Fali workshops taking place across the country.
On Monday 5 December 2011, the Minister returned to her birthplace, Rairobo suco in Bobonaro District, where she spoke about the Sensus results and was presented with a traditional ceremony to welcome her back to her place of birth. Read the news story