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La'o Hamutuk Annual Report 
Calendar year
2009

Appendices

LH 2009 Annual Report          Printable English PDF File of entire report

Past reports: 2009 mid-year2008 annualindex of La'o Hamutuk reports.

Table of Contents

Appendix I: Financial information

All amounts are specified in United States dollars. La’o Hamutuk’s fiscal year is the calendar year.

La’o Hamutuk maintains our policy of not accepting contributions from the UN and its agencies, the World Bank, ADB, IMF, major donors to Timor-Leste and transnational corporations operating here, to preserve the organization’s independence.

The organization has a flat wage structure; both local and international staff received take-home salaries of $500 dollars per month during 2009, plus a “13th month” in December. All staff receive benefits that include health insurance, some of which is self-insurance funded from the ‘Health Re-serve’ account in the balance sheet. International staff receive one return airfare from their home country, as well as a ‘readjustment allowance’ of $200 for each month worked up to the end of the first year, payable after they finish working with La’o Hamutuk. Staff members who must move to Dili to work at La’o Hamutuk receive $200/month toward house rental costs.

Balance sheet

This table indicates our total cash and bank account balances at the start and end of 2009, amounts of money set aside for specific purposes, and unrestricted money available for general operations.

 

Total cash & bank balances

Readjustment Reserve

Health Reserve [1]

Sustainability Reserve [2]

Operational Reserve [3]

Building Fund[4]

External evaluation [5]

Unrestricted Funds

Balance
31 Dec. 2008

117,619

(1,600)

(15,000)

(26,950)

(30,000)

(20,000)

0

24,069

Income
during 2009

162,248

800

7,000

8,050

5,000

10,800

8,500

122,098

Expenditures
during 2009

96,943

0

5,000

0

0

0

0

91,943

Balance
31 Dec. 2009

182,924

(2,400)

(17,000)

(35,000)

(35,000)

(30,800)

(8,500)

54,224

[1] This is a self-insurance fund to pay medical expenses for staff and their families who do not have corporate insurance. We added $2,000 to it during 2009 as medical costs have gone up.

[2] This reserve is to replace and repair computers, motorcycles and other capital assets as they wear out. None of this money was used during 2009, and we deposited $8,050 more into this fund to make it more effective in the future.

[3] This fund includes approximately three months worth of expenses, established to avoid cash flow problems. During 2010 we added $5,000 to this fund as our expenses have increased since it was established five years ago.

[4] This fund was established during 2007 in anticipation of the need to build, buy or rehabilitate a building for La’o Hamutuk’s office and resource center. We had allocated $10,800 for building and rent during 2009, which we added to this fund because we didn’t sign our lease on the new office until the end of the year. We will use this fund to rehabilitate our new office during 2010.

[5] We budgeted $8,500 for an external evaluation during 2009, but did not complete the process. This money will be used for its intended purpose during 2010.

Revenues received during 2009

 

The following table shows income received by La’o Hamutuk during 2009. Each row shows a source of income, while each column shows the activities it was allocated to. See footnotes and expenditure list below for more details.

 

Conference reimburse- ment [6]

LNG Project [7]

Climate Change conf [8]

Capacity Building

Natural Resources

Unre- stricted

Total

Sources of revenue during 2009 ($162,248 total)

Oxfam Australia

 

7,500

 

 

 

 

7,500

ANSA

255

 

 

 

 

 

255

Hivos

 

 

 

7,314

55,913

 

63,227

Development & Peace

405

 

 

 

 

36,779

37,184

Trócaire

 

 

4,665

 

 

48,622

53,287

Other income [9]

 

130

 

 

 

665

795

Total

660

7,630

4,665

7,314

55,913

86,066

162,248

[6] Reimbursements for money advanced by La’o Hamutuk to participate in Development and Peace’s “Sharing of Experience” and the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific’s (Ateneo University, Manila) “Promoting Governance for Extractive Industries in South East Asia and Pacific” international conferences.

[7] This is the final phase of a project begun in 2007. La’o Hamutuk has provided a report to Oxfam, available on request.

[8] Trócaire funded one of La’o Hamutuk’s two delegates to the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009, some expenses were paid in 2010. A separate report is available.

[9] Individual donations, interest earned, payments to La’o Hamutuk for providing presentations or renting equipment.

 

Revenue

Budget

Actual

Differ.

Explanation

Bank interest & balance adj.

600

305

(295)

Interest rates low due to global financial crisis

Donations

500

100

(400)

Donations anticipated from solidarity activists as part of the 10th anniversary referendum mostly went to the Klibur Solidarity coalition.

Earned by LH for services provided

2,000

80

(1,920)

We provided trainings and presentations to local NGOs without charging fees.

Program grants

148,500

148,628

128

 

Project grants

11,000

12,165

1,165

Oxfam and Trócaire for LNG Report and Copenhagen conference. Offset by $16,213 in expenses (including $8,646 of LNG costs paid in 2008).

Conference  reimbursements

-

660

660

ANSA & D&P (offset by $860 in expenses)

Sales

1,000

310

(690)

 

Total

163,600

162,248

(1,352)

 

Expenditures during 2009

The following table and graph shows the money budgeted and spent by La’o Hamutuk during 2009 for different aspects of our work, totaling $131,293.

 In the table below, these are shown as “projects” but in the following table the individual line items have been combined with equivalent types of expenditures.

Personnel costs are the largest component because research, analysis and advocacy that forms the core of our work relies on our human resources.

 

Budgeted

Actual

Diff.

Explanation

 

Auditor

1,000[10]

900

(100)

 

Bulletin

5,100

1,856

(3,244)

Published fewer than planned.

Capital equipment

5,000

1,850

(3,150)

Some deferred until we move into new office.

Int’l conferences

2,800

6,410

3,610

$5,325 of this was reimbursed, and some costs will be paid in 2010.

Operations

9,800

7,095

(2,705)

 

Personnel [11]

87,200

65,182

(22,018)

Hard to find qualified new staff; one staff left.

Public meetings

6,200

1,611

(4,589)

La’o Hamutuk didn’t cover expenses for our presentations organized by other groups.

Radio program

2,300

226

(2,074)

Hoped to be on more community stations. Also RTL suspended the program in mid-year.

Research

2,600

618

(1,982)

Fewer staff and no international research.

Resource Center

1,100

603

(497)

Book purchases deferred until we move to new office with sufficient library space.

Surat Popular

300

64

(236)

 

Telephone and Internet

8,300

8,104

(196)

 

Training for staff

1,000

300

(700)

Fewer new staff.

Transportation

2,400

1,430

(970)

 

Miscellaneous expenses

1,000

591

(409)

 

External Evaluation

8,500

0

(8,500)

Deferred to 2010.

Rent & moving

10,800

0

(10,800)

Transferred to building fund for 2010.

Add to Health reserve

0

2,000

2,000

Reserved for future use.

Add to Sustainability reserve

0

8,050

8,050

Reserved for future use.

Add to Operational reserve

0

5,000

5,000

Reserved for future use.

Projects

11,000

7,527

(3,473)

LNG & Copenhagen, not in total as these are in other categories.

Total

155,400

131,293

(43,407)

 

[10]  This had been budgeted at $3,200 if we had used an auditor from overseas, and $1,000 for a Dili-based auditor. After consulting with our donors, we used an auditor based in Dili.

[11]  Salaries, benefits, wage taxes, visa fees, housing allowances, etc.

The following table shows how the expenditures in the previous table were allocated among the projects and donors who supported La’o Hamutuk during 2009. Specifics on the various columns are explained in the Revenue section above.

 

Conference reimbursements

LNG Project

Climate Change conference

HIVOS Capacity building

HIVOS Natural Resources

Unrestricted

Total

Auditor

 

-

-

-

-

900

900

Bulletin

 

-

-

-

-

1,856

1,856

Capital equipment

 

-

-

370

555

925

1,850

Int’l conferences

660

-

4,665

-

1,043

143

6,511

Operations

 

1,484

-

828

2,712

2,070

7,095

Personnel

 

-

-

4,448

25,152

35,583

65,182

Public meetings

 

289

-

-

417

906

1,611

Radio program

 

-

-

-

75

151

226

Research

 

-

-

55

72

491

618

Resource Center

 

-

-

60

-

543

603

Surat Popular

 

-

-

-

-

64

64

Telephone & internet

 

200

-

789

3,254

3,861

8,104

Training for staff

 

-

-

300

-

-

300

Transportation

 

4

-

263

541

622

1,430

Miscellaneous

 

-

-

107

58

427

591

Total

660

1,977

4,665

7,220

33,880

48,541

96,943

Deferred until 2010:

       

External evaluation

   

2,000

 

6,500

8,500

New office

   

3,000

3,000

4,800

10,800

Added to reserve funds:

       

Readjustment

     

800

800

Health

    

1,000

1,000

2,000

Sustainability

    

3,000

5,050

8,050

Operational

    

2,000

3,000

5,000

Grand total

660

1,977

4,665

12,220

42,880

69,691

132,093

Projected budget for 2010

The following is La’o Hamutuk’s expected budget for 2010.

Expenditure

 

Explanation

Auditor

1,000

Continuing with Dili-based Haksolok Consultancy

Bulletin

6,900

Printing, translation, distribution

Capital equipment

4,700

Computers, motorcycles, etc.

Int’l conferences

2,800

Non-reimbursed costs to attend international conferences

Operations

10,500

Electricity, supplies, photocopying, advertising etc.

Personnel

87,400

Salary, wage tax, visa fees, health insurance, transport for international staff, housing allowance, readjustment

Public meetings

6,200

Space and sound system rental, publicity, refreshments, invitations and other costs connected with meetings organized by LH.

Radio program

2,100

Production costs and fuel for community radio stations

Rent

3,600

Rent for new office.

Research

2,800

Travel and housing in Timor-Leste to conduct field research.

Resource Center

1,200

Books, videos, and other materials

Surat Popular

300

Popular education publication

Telephone and Internet

8,500

 

Training for staff

1,000

Language and other classes

Transportation

2,400

Transport and motorcycle maintenance, in Dili and nearby

Miscellaneous expenses

500

Includes reimbursement for board telephone expenses, contributions to coalition issue-based campaigns.

Total

141,900

 

Paid for from funds received in past years

Construction & moving

30,800

Costs of setting up and moving into new office (from previous funding)

External evaluation

8,500

Paid from funds received in 2009

Funding to be raised separately through grants for specific projects

Projects

10,000

Oilwatch regional conference and others to be decided

Grand total

191,200

 

 

Revenues

 Explanation

Bank interest

 

300

 

Donations

500

 

Earned by LH

 

1,000

 

Training, consulting, writing papers, etc.

 

General support grants

 

139,600

 

 

Sales

 

500

Sale of books, CD-ROMS, and other materials produced by La’o Hamutuk.

 

Project grants

 

10,000

Project-specific grants

 

Total

 

151,900

 

 

Office & evaluation

 

39,300

 

Carried over from funding already received

 

Grand Total

191,200

 

 

Appendix II: Radio programs

Many of these can be downloaded as podcasts.

Date

Topic

Speakers

11 January

Law and Justice

Adino Nunes (La’o Hamutuk)

24 January

Solidarity for Gaza

Voices from demonstration: Sisto dos Santos (HAK), Mario de Araújo (OXFAM Australia) and Jill Sternberg (HAK)

1 Feb.

Plan to create municipalities

Miguel Carvalho (Diretur Diresaun Desentralizasaun) and Adino Nunes (La’o Hamutuk)

8 Feb.

The problem of land and housing in Timor-Leste

Presentation from Mario Carrascalăo in National Seminar on Housing Right, and interview with Joao Pequinho.

15 Feb.

Freedom of the Press

Jose Belo (Tempo Semanal) and Adino Nunes (LH)

22 March

Sunrise LNG in Timor-Leste

Viriato Seac and Charlie Scheiner (LH)

29 March

Petroleum Fund

Charlie Scheiner (LH)

5 April

The impact of Heavy Oil electricity on Timor-Leste

Demetrio Carvalho Amaral (Haburas) and Charlie Scheiner (LH)

12 April

Donors’ Conference

Dinorah Granadeiro (Fongtil), Yasinta Lujina (Rede Feto) and Maximus Tahu (LH)

24 April

Justice for 1999 victims

Sisto dos Santos (ANTI), Christina Carrascalăo (Victims family) and Eliza Dos Santos (Victim from Liquiçá massacre)

3 May

How Timor-Leste can avoid the Resource Curse

Charlie Scheiner (LH)

10 May

International Workers Day

Celestino Gusmăo (Student representative) and vox pop of two participants

24 May

The Ita Nia Rai project

Geraldo Gomes (Ita Nia Rai Coordinator), Andre Carvalho (Director of DTP Manatuto), and vox pop

31 May

Women in the context of gender

Yasinta Lujina (Rede Feto) and vox pop from Ermera

21 June

EITI process in Timor-Leste

Manuel Lemos (Timor-Leste EITI Coordinator) and Viriato Seac (LH)

28 June

Objectives of the Land Law

Demetrio Amaral (Haburas)

5 July

Advantages and disadvantages of the Land Law

From LH public meeting: Fernanda Borges (Parliament), Jenito Santana (Land Network), and Pedro Sousa (ex-director of Land and Property)

19 July

Heavy oil power generation

Rui Pinto (Environmental activist), Antonio de Lima (Haburas) and Viriato Seac (LH)

Appendix III: Public meetings and presentations

These events were organized by La’o Hamutuk:

Date

Topic

Location

Speakers

Attendees

19 April

The jatropha project in Carabela

Carabela, Manatuto

LH Agriculture Team

30

20 June

Food sovereignty advocacy for NGOs

Farol, Dili

Ego Lemos and Arsenio Pereira (HASATIL)

30

2 July

The Land Law

LH Public Meeting, HAK

Fernanda Borges (PN), Jenito Santana (KSI – Land Network) and Pedro Sousa (ex-director of Land and Property)

110

13 July

Impact of Heavy Oil power plant

Aldeia Sukaer Laran, Hera, Dili district

LH Natural Resources Team

41

24 Sept.

Impact of the Maternus Bere Case on the Justice System in a State under Rule of Law

LH Public Meeting, HAK

Fernanda Borges (PN), Luis Oliveira (JSMP), Edio Saldanha (ANTI) and Fernanda Maria Guimaraes (UNMIT)

90

19 Oct.

Timor-Leste's Participation in Global Actions to Address Climate Change

LH Public Meeting, HAK

Joăo Gonçalves (Minister of Economy and Development), Expedito Belo (UNDP) and Maximus Tahu (LH – GSMK)

39

6-8 Nov.

Sugar Cane plantations and sustainable agriculture

Salele, Suai Loro and Raimea, Covalima

Inęs Martins, Mariano Ferreira, Maximus Tahu (LH)

155 in 3 communities

Presentations given by LH staff to other organizations:

Date

Topic

Organizer/location

Speaker

Attendees

14 Jan.

Estimated Sustainable Income

FONGTIL

Charles Scheiner & Juvinal Dias

30+ civil society members

11 Feb.

Agrofuels in Timor-Leste

HASATIL/LH

Inęs Martins, Maxi Tahu & Shona Hawkes

HASATIL members

12 Feb.

Anti-Corruption Commission Law

Parliament Committee C public hearing

Adino Nunes

Parliament Committee C

17 April

Solidarity for Timor-Leste (ETAN and IFET)

Klibur Solidaridade

Charlie Scheiner

150 UNTL students

23 April

Ita Nia Rai in Manatuto, research findings

Land Network

Inęs Martins & Shona Hawkes

Land Network

4 May

Agriculture Workers Rights

Parliament Committee G

Maxi Tahu with Front Mahasiswa

Committee G

6 May

Law on Decentralization

Parliament Committee A public hearing

Adino Nunes

Committee A

23 May

State Budget and sustainable economics

Maryknoll community in Aileu

Charlie Scheiner

 

25 May

Sunrise LNG in Timor-Leste: Dreams Realities and Challenges

Dili Institute of Technology

Viriato Seac (LH)

150 DIT students and faculty

6 June

Land Laws

NGO Forum

Shona Hawkes

NGO Forum District Liaison Officers

2 July

The Land Law

Land Network training

Shona Hawkes

Land Network & district representatives

3 July

Systematization of Experience

Development and Peace / UNTL

Juvinal Diaz

Students

4 July

Monitoring the Public Consultation

Land Network training

Shona Hawkes

Land Network district representatives

6 July

A Land Regime – What Does it Mean?

Victoria University Development conference

Inęs Martins

International & local academics

21 July

Land Law and Land Rights

KSI

Inęs Martins, Mariano Ferreira

UNAER (Ermera Agricultural Workers Union)

16 July

Current issues in Timor-Leste

ETAN meeting, New York

Charles Scheiner

U.S. activists, diplomats, UN staff

28 July

International Solidarity

Klibur Solidaridade conference, Comoro

Charles Scheiner

International and local activists

31 July

Community Land, Alternatives?

Land Network

Shona Hawkes

Land Network members

2 August

The transitional Land Law

International Centre for Journalists training, Dare

Shona Hawkes

District based community radio journalists

4 August

The transitional Land Law

UN Protection Cluster

Shona Hawkes, Inęs Martins

UN agencies, Provedor, IOM, Norwegian Refugee Council, etc.

19 Aug.

Public Consultation on the Land Law

Harii Hamutuk Konfiansa network, Dili

Shona Hawkes

Network on IDPs with MSS, UNDP, others

4 Sept.

International Justice Processes

Massacre commemoration, Suai

Mariano Ferreira

Local community

9 Oct.

Land Issues in Timor-Leste

Regnet, Canberra

Shona Hawkes

ANU academics

22 Oct.

Government Borrowing and Budget 2010

Parliament Committee C workshop, Comoro

Charles Scheiner

Parliament members, others
 

31 Oct.

Land Processes in Timor-Leste

Australia East-Timor Association, CERES, Melbourne

Shona Hawkes

About 100 Timor-Leste supporters, academics, and community groups.

4 Nov.

2010 State Budget

Parliament Committee C public hearing

Charles Scheiner & Juvinal Dias

Committee C

These are some of the national and international conferences La’o Hamutuk staff participated in:

  • East and Southeast Asia CSO Consultation Workshop and Multi-stakeholders Consultation on Aid Effectiveness, Manila, Philippines, March

  • Launch of the Capacity Development Facility for Development Effectiveness, Manila, Philippines, March

  • Development and Peace workshop on the Systematization of Experience, Bali, Indonesia, March

  • International Conference on Petroleum Fund, Maubisse, April

  • SERN conference on creating a National Oil Company, Dili, May

  • Regional Conference on Oil, Maliana, July

  • Victoria University Development Conference, Dili, July

  • Roundtable Discussion on Promoting Governance for Extractive Industries in South East Asia and Pacific, Bogor, Indonesia, August

  • First anniversary of the National Petroleum Authority, Dili, August

  • Klibur Solidaridade conference, Dili, August

  • Fragile States Conference, Dili, September

  • UNFCCC conference and the Civil Society Klimaforum, Copenhagen, Denmark, December,

Appendix IV: La’o Hamutuk in the media

La’o Hamutuk is frequently interviewed by journalists and international organizations to provide background information, comment on current events, or share findings from our research.

This lists some of the coverage of La’o Hamutuk’s work in local and international media during 2009, as well as articles by La’o Hamutuk staff published elsewhere, with website links where available. It is not complete, omitting publications not in English or Tetum, and does not include articles or releases by La’o Hamutuk which were copied or referenced by on-line publications and websites.

Date

Title/topic

Publication

Author/interviewee

17 Jan.

Prudente ona ka Estadu Timor-Leste maneja nia orsamentu

Timor Post

Op-ed column by LH (this article prompted a five-part response by the Vice Minister of Finance in STL on 9-16 March “Prudente versus Malisan: Hatan ba Institute Lao Hamotuk”)

January

CSO position and its recom­mendation toward 2009 State Budget

Radio Timor-Leste

Interview with Viriato Seac

9 Feb.

La’o Hamutuk sei Hakur Projetu Oleu todan

Tempo Semanal

Cites La’o Hamutuk materials

Feb.

Xanana Gusmao’s dreams, Pedro Lay’s work

Kla’ak Semanal

Cites La’o Hamutuk on heavy oil tender process

24 Feb.

Explanation from Civil Society (about Heavy Oil and LH non-partisanship)

Timor Post

Letter by LH

18 March

Timor stops work on power plants

The Age (Australia)

Cites La’o Hamutuk materials (LH provided corrective information; see 3 April article)

20 March

Independent group to analyse power plants sold by China

LUSA

Cites LH information

24 March

“Premiu” Oleu Pezado Xanana oho Povu Manatuto

Kla’ak Semanal

Cites La’o Hamutuk materials

March

Justisa iha Timor-Leste

Radio Deutsche-Welle (Germany)

Interview with Adino Nunes and Charlie Scheiner

3 April

East Timor hit over 'dirty' power plants

The Age (Australia)

Cites LH information

6 April

Power Situation Better, But Problems Lie Ahead

IPS

Cites LH information

29 April

Malisan Rekursu no dalan ba Timor-Leste atu hakbesik ba Malisan Rekursu

Timor Post

Op-ed column by LH’s Juvinal Dias

10 May

NGO’s Appeal to Donors for Aid to Development of East Timor

New Australia Media

Quotes Viriato Seac

16 June

Gathering Peace

WGDR radio, Vermont, USA

One-hour interview with Charlie Scheiner

29 June

E Timor govt rejects corruption claims

ABC Radio news (Aust.)

Cites LH perspective

2 July

Land Law

Radio Timor-Leste

Interview with Inęs Martins

2 July

Land Law

Suara Timor Lorosa’e

Interview with Inęs Martins

3 July

La’o Hamutuk Konsulta Lei ba Rai

Suara Timor Lorosa’e

News on La’o Hamutuk public meeting

10 July

Land law will give citizens back their country

IRIN

Quotes Inęs Martins

14 July

Konstrusaun Oleu Pezadu Hahu iha Hera, ONG Triste Governu la transparente

Timor Post

Interview with Viriato Seac

16 July

East Timor: Justice in the Dock

International Relations & Security Network (ISN)

Quotes Shona Hawkes

22 July

Konstrusaun Oleu Pezadu iha Hera Kontinua la transparente

Timor Post

interview with Viriato Seac

28 July

LNG pipeline

Timor Post

interview with Viriato Seac

31 July

East Timor: Security Sector Relapse?

World Politics Review

Quotes Shona Hawkes

5 August

Lao Hamutuk Defende Woodside Kaer GS (Lao Hamutuk Defends Woodside to Capture Greater Sunrise)

Timor Post

Interview with Viriato Seac

7 August

La’o Hamutuk Nunka Defende Woodside (La’o Hamutuk has never defended Woodside)

Timor Post

Letter to the editor, correcting misquote

13 August

LNG and Timor-Leste Sovereignty

Timor Post

Interview with Viriato Seac

13 August

Central Elektrisidade Oleu Pezadu, projetu sub-subar husi osan povu nian

Timor Post

Op-ed column by LH

19 August

ONG preokupa Rendimentu FP hahu Menus

 

Interview with Viriato Seac

29 August

East Timor's lost opportunity

Sydney Morning Herald

Cites La’o Hamutuk on use of international aid

30 August

Alkatiri Attacks Again on Corruption

Tempo Semanal website

Cites La’o Hamutuk on use of international aid

31 August

Timor Leste still struggling with poverty

Jakarta Post

Cites LH on maritime boundary dispute with Australia

4 Sep.

Little to show for billions spent in East Timor

AP (many newspapers)

Cites La’o Hamutuk on use of international aid

7 Sep.

10 Years After Independence Vote, East Timorese Await Justice

Voice of America News

Interview with Charles Scheiner

8 Sep.

Aid 'failing to help Timor's poor'

Al Jazeera English

Interview with Charlie Scheiner

9 Sep.

In The Shadows Of East Timor's Independence Celebrations

New Matilda magazine

Article by La’o Hamutuk

9 Sep.

Timor parliament stops president's travel plans (over Bere release)

ABC Radio Australia

Interview with Charlie Scheiner

11 Sep.

Fretilin bid to unseat coalition

Upstream (oil industry trade publication)

Cites LH on transparency

11 Sep.

Ba atu Hare mai Atu Bosok

Kla’ak Semanal

Cites La’o Hamutuk position on Heavy Oil

16 Sep.

East Timor probes legality of militant's release

AP

Cites LH perspective

24 Sep.

Maternus Bere Case

TVTL

News on La’o Hamutuk Public Meeting

24 Sep.

Maternus Bere case

Tempo Semanal website

Refers readers to LH website

25 Sep.

Fo Liberdade ba Eis Milisia Maternus Bere, PR – PM tenki hatan Iha Tribunal

Diario Nasional

News on La’o Hamutuk Public Meeting

26 Sep.

Analiza La’o Hamutuk kona ba Kazu Maternus Bere

Kla’ak Semanal

Article by LH

28 Sep.

PRH, Pires Determined For TL Pipeline 

Tempo Semanal website

Cites LH Sunrise report

13 Oct.

East Timor Government Survive No-Confidence vote

Voice of America radio

Interview with Charlie Scheiner

16 Oct.

Gusmao leads Timor group to lobby China for gas plant

The Australian

Quotes Charles Scheiner

23 Oct.

Series of Scandals adds fuel to critics’ ire

Upstream

Cites information from La’o Hamutuk

12 Nov.

Ten Years after independence, East Timor still rebuilding

PBS News Hour (USA public TV)

Interview with Charlie Scheiner

19 Nov.

La’o Hamutuk views on Climate Change

Radio Timor-Leste

Interview with Maximus Tahu

19 Nov.

Orsamentu Jeral Estadu 2010 hatutan nafatin dalan ba Malisan Rekursu

Timor Post

Op-ed column by LH

19 Nov.

Faith, Hope and Justice

The Diplomat (Australia)

Quotes Charles Scheiner

20 Nov.

Mudansa Klimatika hanesan Inimigo boot iha mundo

Diario Nasional

News on LH Public Meeting

21 Nov.

Climate Change a threat to the Environment

Dili Weekly

News on LH Public Meeting

26 Nov.

Timór-Leste atu Debe: Lojika ka La’e? (Timor Leste to Borrow: Logical or not?)

Timor Post

Op-ed column by LH

3 Dec.

Gov’t should create proper conditions to build pipelines: La’o Hamutuk

Timor Post

Cites LH perspective

4 Dec.

Terjerumusnya Negara-Negara Berkembang ke dalam Utang Luar Negeri (Newly developed countries fall into borrowing from overseas)

Timor Post

La’o Hamutuk solicited this article, by former staffer Guteriano Neves.

In addition to articles published in the public media, La’o Hamutuk wrote the following articles or analyses during 2009, which were circulated to defined recipients as well as thousands of people on the internet and email lists. We also published a number of comprehensive analyses on our website (most in two languages), on topics including the Heavy Oil power project, Land Processes in Timor-Leste, the Estimated Sustainable Income, the 2009 and 2010 State Budgets, the April anniversaries of the Liquiçá and Dili massacres, the Maternus Bere case, Timor-Leste going into debt and Climate Change.

Date

Title/topic

Forum

12 Feb.

Draft Anti-Corruption Commission Law

Submission to Parliament Committee C

13 Feb.

Protect civilians in Sri Lanka

Open letter to RDTL Prime Minister Xanana Gusmăo

20 Feb.,
27 Nov.

Updates on process of Petrotimor v. Conoco­Phillips lawsuit in the USA

Internet & website

4 March

Defamation Case against Tempo Semanal

Internet & website

3 April

Timor-Leste and Development Partners’ Meeting

Donors. LH was a major contributor to the coalition statement issued by FONGTIL.

28 April

Comments on U.S. State Department Annual Human rights Report

U.S. Ambassador

11 May

Lawsuit challenging legality of National Petroleum Authority by decree-law

Open letter to RDTL Court of Appeals

June-Aug.

Land Network press releases on the Land Law public consultation

Nearly all were prepared by La’o Hamutuk and distributed by the Land Network.

18 Sept.

NGO Forum submission on Proposed Law on Budget and Financial Management

LH was a principal author of the submission to Parliament Committee C

24 Sept.

LH Analysis of the Maternus Bere case

Internet, media and public meeting participants

9 Oct.

LH analysis of TL figures in UNDP Human Development Report

Internet, media

14 Oct.

Why are TL VIPs in China?

Internet, media

20 Oct.

Accountability for 1975-1999 crimes

Open letter to the UN Security Council

4 Nov.

Proposed 2010 State Budget

Submission to Parliament Committee C

10 Nov.

Gov’t to overspend ESI in 2009

Open letter to Parliament Committee C supplementing submission

24 Nov.

World Bank lauds tax cuts in TL

Internet, media. Commentary on World Bank “Paying Taxes 2010” report

10 Dec.

Talking about Justice for Ten Years in the UN Security Council

Internet, media. Textual analysis of SC meetings and resolutions

Appendix V: Staff and Advisory Board biographies

At the close of 2009, La’o Hamutuk staff included six full-time Timorese and two foreign professionals, three women and five men, although more will be hired in 2010. Our staff is non-hierarchical and makes decisions collectively, although two serve as rotating coordinators. All staff share administrative and program responsibilities, with conscious effort being made to transfer skills and increase capacities.

The following people are on our staff at the end of 2009:

Juvinal Dias

Juvinal studied in Agriculture at the National University of Timor Leste. He was born in Tutuala, and is fluent in Fatuluku, Tetum, Indonesian and some English. Since 2006, he has done voluntary popular education on domestic violence with the Association of Men Against Violence (AMKV). In 2008 he was Project Manager at the Bibi Bulak theatre group. He joined La’o Hamutuk at the start of 2009, and works on Natural Resources, Governance and is now on our Coordination Team. In 2009 Juvinal participated in a Systematization of Experience conference organized by Development and Peace in Bali, and also in the NGO activities accompanying the global conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen.

 

Shona Hawkes

Shona is from Melbourne, Australia, where she worked to promote inclusive decision making in youth policies. Prior to joining La’o Hamutuk, she researched development issues for Monash and RMIT Universities. In 2007 Shona was an election observer in Timor-Leste and volunteered with La’o Hamutuk, joining our staff in April 2008. She speaks Tetum, French and English and is learning Bahasa Indonesia. At La’o Hamutuk, she researches Agrofuels, land rights and food security, ASEAN’s impact on trade, as well as monitoring the ISF. She helps liaise with international and local networks, particularly the Land Network. Shona currently serves as one of La’o Hamutuk’s two coordinators.

Mariano Ferreira

Mariano studied economic management at the University Negeri Jember in Indonesia. Born in Dili, Mariano is fluent in Tetum, Indonesian and some English. During his early years, Mariano worked as a fisherman and sold food to market stalls. Since 2003, Mariano was on the Board of the Hasatil Network, and he has worked at the HAK Association, focusing on fisherfolk and re-searching agriculture. Mariano joined La’o Hamutuk in July 2009, and he works on agriculture and justice issues, serving as our liaison to the Alliance for an International Tribunal.

Inęs Martins

Inęs was studying economics at the University of Timor-Leste before the Indonesian military destroyed it in September 1999. Born in Bobonaro, Inęs is fluent in Tetum, Portuguese and Indonesian, and is learning English. Inęs has worked with La’o Hamutuk since May 2000, researching many issues including Portuguese and Cuban assistance and the coffee sector. She participated in exchanges to Brazil in 2001 and 2007, and Cuba in 2003. Inęs currently works on agriculture research, land rights, justice and our radio program. During 2009, she attended the Climate Change conference in Copenhagen.

Odete Moniz

Odete joined La’o Hamutuk in October 2007 as office manager and finance manager. She previously worked as finance auditor in Regional Inspectoral (before independence), finance and administration in Espada and the NGO Forum Working Group on Voters Education. She is completing courses at the International Institute of Business. Odete speaks Tetum, Bahasa Indonesia and Bunak. Odete is responsible for day-to-day office management, bookkeeping and financial oversight.

Charles Scheiner

An engineer and long-time Timor-Leste solidarity activist, Charlie worked at La’o Hamutuk in Dili from 2001 until 2004, working on the Bulletin, finances, justice, the UN, oil and gas, international activist networks, and foreign governments’ roles in Timor-Leste. After alternating between New York and Dili for a few years and working part-time for La’o Hamutuk, Charlie returned to work full-time in 2008. His main foci are natural resources, justice, solidarity and governance, as well as finances, website, and Bulletin editing and layout.

Viriato Seac

Viriato was born in Alas, Manufahi District. He has an Electronic Engineering degree from the National University of Timor-Leste and studied Information Sciences in New Zealand. Viriato worked for JSMP and UNICEF before joining La’o Hamutuk in September 2007. Viriato speaks Tetum, Bahasa Indonesia and English and is attending law school. At La’o Hamutuk he worked on natural resources and governance, and served on the EITI Working Group. Viriato resigned from La’o Hamutuk at the end of 2009, and now works for UNDP on Climate Change.

Maximus Tahu

Maxi was born in Seloi Kraik, Aileu district. He studied philosophy and theology in Major Seminary Dili for three years. Maxi joined La’o Hamutuk in June 2007, having previously worked as Editor and News Coordinator at Radio Timor Kmanek (RTK). Maxi speaks Tetum, Mamba’e, Bahasa Indonesia, Portuguese, and English. Maxi works on agriculture, climate change, governance, trade, personnel and coordinates our radio program. In March 2009, he participated in regional Aid Effectiveness conferences in Manila.


The following was on La’o Hamutuk staff during part of 2009:

Adino Nunes Cabral, S.H.

Adino was born in Moro, Los Palos, and studied Constitutional Law in Yogyakarta, where he was active in the FPPI (Front for Indonesian Youth). Adino speaks Fataluku, Tetum, Bahasa Indonesia and some Portuguese. He was advocacy program officer at Rede Feto (Women’s Network) before joining La’o Hamutuk in September 2008, where he worked on Governance and Democracy. Adino left La’o Hamutuk in July 2009 to work for the Ministry of Justice.

Advisory Board

Selma Hayati

An Indonesian human rights activist, Selma has worked in Timor-Leste since 2001, including with Concern Worldwide, Care International, Oxfam GB. La’o Hamutuk (2003-2004), Oxfam Australia, NGO Forum and UNTAET. Previously she worked for Asia Monitor Resource Center in Hong Kong; and Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation. In 2008-9 Selma worked as a Political Affairs Officer in UNMIT, and is a member of Action Asia on Conflict Transformation based in Cambodia and the “Seidauk Iha Naran (there is no name yet)” literature group in Dili. She currently is doing short-term work with Fokupers, JSMP and other organizations. Selma also writes articles and poetry.

Joseph Nevins

During 1999, Joe served in Dili as one of the coordinators of the IFET Observer Project, and had visited Timor-Leste three times previously. He volunteered with La’o Hamutuk in Dili during the 2000, 2001 and 2005. Joe has written three books and numerous articles on Timor-Leste, including A Not-So Distant Horror: Mass Violence in East Timor, published in 2005. After teaching at UCLA and Berkeley, Joe has been a professor of geography at Vassar College, USA since 2003.

Justino da Silva

Justino da Silva was born in Hato-udo, Ainaro district. Justino worked as facilitator for Civic Education in UNTAET and for the National Democratic Institute (NDI). He was leader of the Advocacy Division of the Timor-Leste NGO Forum (Fongtil) until mid-2008, and now works for Concern, although he remains involved in civic education, research and advocacy conducted by Fongtil and its members.

Oscar da Silva

Oscar da Silva was born in Uatu-karbau, Viqueque District, works as a consultant for UNDESA (UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs) and teaches Social Economics at the National University of Timor-Leste. He previously worked for Association HAK and HASATIL. He designed the Community Development Concept Plan and Community Action Plan which were implemented in Laclo (Manatuto District), Laulara (Aileu District) and Atauro (Dili District).

Pamela Sexton

From the USA, Pamela has extensive experience in Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Pam lived in Yogyakarta, Indonesia for two years and speaks Indonesian fluently, as well as Tetum and Spanish. In 1999, she was U.S. coordinator for the IFET Observer Project, and observed the referendum in Suai. In May 2000, Pam helped set up La’o Hamutuk, and she served on our staff from 2000-2002, focusing on popular education, gender issues, and international exchanges. Pam returned to California in November 2002, from where she continues to support our work as a volunteer and a member of our board. She returned to Timor-Leste during most of 2009, working in the Ministry of Social Solidarity and providing training and support for La’o Hamutuk.

Adérito de Jesus Soares

Adérito is a lawyer and human rights advocate. He was founding Director of Sah’e Institute for Liberation, and founded the Timor-Leste National Jurists Association. Born in Maliana, Adérito has served as director for ELSAM, a Jakarta-based human rights organization. Adérito co-authored a book on West Papua, and has written numerous articles on international law and human rights. In Adérito was elected to Timor-Leste’s Constituent Assembly where he took a leading role writing the Constitution. He later resigned from Parliament and studied at New York University. He returned to Dili in 2003, and left for Canberra in 200 for a Ph.D. program at Australian National University. Adérito recently returned to Timor-Leste to head the Anti-Corruption Commission, and has taken a leave of absence from La’o Hamutuk’s board.
 

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