Seminar invitation and report launch of UNTIL-NDI focus group research
Focus group discussion report:
“Carrying the People’s Aspirations”
From: Jim Della-Giacoma
Dili-based members of the list [east-timor list] are invited to attend a joint-seminar hosted by the National Research Center (CNIC) of the East Timor National University and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) on the release of the focus group discussion report “Carrying the People’s Aspirations”. The report is the result of research conducted jointly the UNTIL Faculty of Social and Political Sciences and NDI late last year.
The seminar will be held on Thursday, February 7th, 2002 between 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
The seminar will be held at the Hall of Liceu Dr. Francisco Machado, Avenida Cidade de Lisboa, Dili
Speakers at the seminar will included Mr. Valentim Ximenes, Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Mr. Manuel Tilman, Member of the Constituent Assembly, and Mr. Jim Della-Giacoma, NDI East Timor Resident Representative. There will be discussion as well as a question and answer session after the initial presentations.
The seminar will be conducted with simultaneous translation in Tetum and English.
For those outside of East Timor, it is planned that electronic copies of report will be available on the NDI web site http://www.ndi.org after the report’s public release.
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7 NDI: Timorese demand more from elected reps Release
“The focus group results clearly indicate that the people of East Timor have enthusiastically embraced democracy. Participants are eager for a better political and economic future and they look to their leaders to take them there, ... However, participants expressed no blind faith in political leaders after a traumatic 24 years of Indonesian occupation and resistance, the people of East Timor are an alert and demanding constituency. Focus group participants acknowledged that they have high expectations from their leaders and that they want their interests represented by their elected representatives,” Report published in English, Tetum, Portuguese and Indonesian, available soon on the NDI web site at http://www.ndi.org
2001 NDI: “Timor Loro Sa’e is our nation” Report on focus
group discussions in ETimor added Apr 11
"while many East Timorese citizens may not be able to say exactly what democracy is, many certainly know and are prepared to say what it is not. It is important to build upon their experience, local knowledge and cultural traditions to support democratic practices. ... the people of East Timor have many well-developed ideas about democracy and the form of government they would like to see in their emerging nation. ... They have unrealized hopes and are looking for action rather than more words. They seek proof that they are being heard and demand active participation in the development of this new nation. To ignore the demands of the East Timorese people will only add to the burden of their frustrations." National Democratic Institute for International Affairs