Last updated: 24/3/2022

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area

Programme Details

Programme objectives

The programme was launched as one of the measures to foster social peace after a period of conflicts in the country 

References
International Labour Office. 2017. “Universal old-age and disability pensions.” International Labour Office. Building Social Protection Floors. Country Noite Series. Geneva: International Labour Office. <http://socialprotection-humanrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/54034.pdf>. Accessed 22 May 2018.
Start date
2008
References
International Labour Organization. 2016. “Universal old-age and disability pensions in Timor-Leste”. <http://www.social-protection.org/gimi/gess/RessourcePDF.action?ressource.ressourceId=53963>. Accessed 22 May 2018.
Coverage
94,287 beneficiaries, of which 86,974 are elderly and 7,313 are people living with disabilities (2016)
References
International Labour Office. 2017. “Universal old-age and disability pensions.” International Labour Office. Building Social Protection Floors. Country Noite Series. Geneva: International Labour Office. <http://socialprotection-humanrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/54034.pdf>. Accessed 22 May 2018.
Programme expenditure
USD 31.9 million or about 2.2 per cent of GDP (non-oil) (2016)
References
International Labour Office. 2017. “Universal old-age and disability pensions.” International Labour Office. Building Social Protection Floors. Country Noite Series. Geneva: International Labour Office. <http://socialprotection-humanrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/54034.pdf>. Accessed 22 May 2018.

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
Targeted areas
Nationwide
Target groups
Elderly people and people living with disabilities
Eligibility criteria
All citizens older than 60 as well as all people living with permanent physical or mental disabilities aged 18 and older, who are unable to work, are eligible for the programme. For people living with disabilities, a medical certificate of severe disability (issued by the Ministry of Health) must be presented upon registration
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
Amount of benefits
USD30 (2016) per month
References
International Labour Office. 2017. “Universal old-age and disability pensions.” International Labour Office. Building Social Protection Floors. Country Noite Series. Geneva: International Labour Office. <http://socialprotection-humanrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/54034.pdf>. Accessed 22 May 2018.
Payment/delivery frequency
Although the payments, which are delivered through bank transfers, should be made monthly or quarterly, due to implementation difficulties they are made twice per year
References
International Labour Office. 2017. “Universal old-age and disability pensions.” International Labour Office. Building Social Protection Floors. Country Noite Series. Geneva: International Labour Office. <http://socialprotection-humanrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/54034.pdf>. Accessed 22 May 2018.
Benefit delivery mechanism
Banks or payments in cash by Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Social Solidarity joint teams
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.
Benefit recipients
Beneficiaries themselves or their designated proxies
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.
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.