Last updated: 27/2/2024

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Institutions and agencies involved
Timor-Leste - Ministério da Solidariedade Social (Ministry of Social Solidarity)
References
World Bank (2022): Timor-Leste Economic Report Honoring the Past, Securing the Future. Available online at https://doi.org/10.1596/39439. Accessed on 01/11/2023
Population group
Children

Programme Details

Programme objectives

Reduce poverty, promote attendance of nine years basic education and increase use of primary health care services.

References
World Bank (2022): Timor-Leste Economic Report Honoring the Past, Securing the Future. Available online at https://doi.org/10.1596/39439. Accessed on 01/11/2023
Start date
2008
Conditionalities (if any)
Children younger than 6 years old must be vaccinated and children from 6-17 years old must be enrolled and attend school, receiving a pass grade
References
World Bank. 2013. “Timor-Leste Social Assistance Public Expenditure and Program Performance Report”. Report No: 73484-TP. <https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/16454/734840WP0P126300PER000240June00eng.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y>. Accessed 22 May 2018.
Coverage
60,525 households (2019)
References
World Bank (2022): Timor-Leste Economic Report Honoring the Past, Securing the Future. Available online at https://doi.org/10.1596/39439. Accessed on 01/11/2023
Programme expenditure
(i) The budget for the Bolsa da Mãe program had steadily increased from USD 3 million to USD 11 between 2009 and 2015, before it progressively lessened to USD 8.5 million in 2019. (ii) USD 10.1 million (2022)
References
(i) World Bank (2022): Timor-Leste Economic Report Honoring the Past, Securing the Future. Available online at https://doi.org/10.1596/39439. Accessed on 01/11/2023 (ii) Republica Democratica De Timor-Leste (2022): Conta Geral Do Estado Ano Financeiro De 2022. Ministerio Das Financas. Available online at https://www.laohamutuk.org/econ/OGE22/exec/230710CGE2022pt.pdf.

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
poverty/vulnerability assessments
References
World Bank. 2013. “Timor-Leste Social Assistance Public Expenditure and Program Performance Report”. Report No: 73484-TP. <https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/16454/734840WP0P126300PER000240June00eng.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y>. Accessed 22 May 2018.
Targeted areas
Nationwide
Target groups
Vulnerable households with children
References
Jornal da República. 2012. “Decreto-Lei N. 18/2012 de 4 de Abril: Subsídio de Apoio Condicional ‘Bolsa da Mãe’”. <http://www.mj.gov.tl/jornal/public/docs/2012/serie_1/serie1_no13.pdf>. Accessed 22 May 2018.
Eligibility criteria
Vulnerable households (whose vulnerability is assessed based on factors including household size, health and disability, educational level of household members, income source, land ownership, and distance to services) with children under the age of 17
References
(i) World Bank. 2013. “Timor-Leste Social Assistance Public Expenditure and Program Performance Report”. Report No: 73484-TP. . Accessed 22 May 2018. (ii) PIRES, Maria Helena (2019): Enhancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls through Access to Public Services at the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Social Protection Systems. Available online at https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/CSW/63/multi-stakeholder-forum/Panel%201_Timor%20Leste.pdf. Accessed 02/11/2023
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
An eligibility reassessment is conducted every two years to identify changes in the vulnerable status of households
References
World Bank. 2013. “Timor-Leste Social Assistance Public Expenditure and Program Performance Report”. Report No: 73484-TP. <https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/16454/734840WP0P126300PER000240June00eng.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y>. Accessed 22 May 2018.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Cash
References
Jornal da República. 2012. “Decreto-Lei N. 18/2012 de 4 de Abril: Subsídio de Apoio Condicional ‘Bolsa da Mãe’”. <http://www.mj.gov.tl/jornal/public/docs/2012/serie_1/serie1_no13.pdf>. Accessed 22 May 2018.
Amount of benefits
USD5 per child (up to 3 children per household, amounting to USD 15) per month
References
World Bank (2022): Timor-Leste Economic Report Honoring the Past, Securing the Future. Available online at https://doi.org/10.1596/39439. Accessed on 01/11/2023
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly
References
World Bank (2022): Timor-Leste Economic Report Honoring the Past, Securing the Future. Available online at https://doi.org/10.1596/39439. Accessed on 01/11/2023
Benefit delivery mechanism
Banks (where available) or payments in cash by joint teams of the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Social Solidarity
Benefit recipients
Female heads of households are given priority, but male-headed households are also eligible
References
Personal communication
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
MSS is developing a comprehensive monitoring and information system for all its programmes, as well as a monitoring and evaluation system
References
World Bank. 2013. “Timor-Leste Social Assistance Public Expenditure and Program Performance Report”. Report No: 73484-TP. <https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/16454/734840WP0P126300PER000240June00eng.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y>. Accessed 22 May 2018.