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As part of its advocacy program, the Centre for Peace and Democracy in Timor-Leste engaged Bridging Peoples to develop a training-of-trainers package to be delivered to local communities across Timor-Leste, to help people respond to corruption, collusion and nepotism when it affects them.

In the rural areas in particular, most Timorese live according to customary law, with limited understanding of state law. A major challenge was presenting the materials in a clear and simple format for people who are illiterate, and who have very little interaction with the law, without undermining the quality of the legal information provided. To find the right balance, we used Communications for Development (C4D) approaches to help contextualise the materials for illiterate people, conducting research and testing the materials multiple times to ensure ease of use among community members.


Because of this project’s success, relevant sections have been used and adopted by other NGOs and donors to use in their citizen education manuals. CEPAD network of focal points across the country continue to deliver this training to community members.

“We were delighted to partner with the Bridging Peoples on the development of our Corruption Training Manual, which is now being used as a key activity for CEPAD. The Bridging Peoples’ team provided a depth of methodological experience and great ideas, creating a collaborative and engaging atmosphere from the beginning. The assistance provided remains an invaluable resource and we truly appreciated all that the team contributed to this very successful project.”

João Boavida, Executive Director