Founded in 2000, La’o Hamutuk (“Walking Together” in English) is an independent Timor-Leste nongovernmental organization that monitors, analyzes, and reports on development processes in Timor-Leste, including the policies of East Timorese government and international institutions engaged in Timor-Leste. La’o Hamutuk (LH) believes that development should be based in the context of Timor-Leste’s history, culture, economic, and social conditions. It will be sustainable only if the people are the ultimate decision makers in a democratic and transparent development process. La’o Hamutuk facilitates communication between the public and decision makers in Timor-Leste as well as solidarity with other countries to explore alternative development models. As a resource center, the organization provides literature on development experiences and practices. We believe that broad participation in development decision making can help ensure that the people of Timor-Leste will benefit from their resources, enable them to direct the development process, and assume the responsibility for protecting their natural resource wealth.


  • Charles Scheiner Researcher
  • Juvinal Dias Researcher
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  • PO Box 340 Rua Martires da Patria Bebora, Dili Timor-Leste
Area of Expertise

  • Access to information
  • Civil society participation in government processes
  • Gender
  • Human rights
  • Participatory budgeting
  • Transparency and accountability

  • La'o Hamutuk Blog focuses on transparency and accountability in state budgeting processes and evaluates the effectiveness of state development projects in addressing the needs of poor and rural peoples in Timor-Leste.
  • La'o Hamutuk's "Resources and Websites" page serves as a directory for information on Timor-Leste's budget, economy, society, and petroleum development. The directory links to documents produced by international organizations and government agencies in Timor-Leste.
  • "Rights and Sustainability in East Timor's Development was developed by LH as a media briefing for journalists on these issues.
  • The 2014 General State Budget is a new LH web page, which provides relevant resources for budget work in Timor-Leste.
  • LH 2012 Annual Report
Major Current Activities

La’o Hamutuk engages in budget work through research, advocacy and conducting trainings. With respect to research and advocacy, four of the organization's seven researchers work on natural resources issues, which is inseparable from budget work, as petroleum revenues comprising 95 percent of East Timorese state income. La'o Hamutuk analyzes budget documents and development policy, writes and presents its analyses and findings, advocate through many channels, and help the public and policymakers understand the risks and negative impacts of the resource curse as well as how to mitigate them. With respect to budget training, La'o Hamutuk trains a variety of stakeholders, including parliamentarians and parliamentary staff, NGOs, and journalists. The organization also offers specific budget training on Gender Responsive Budgeting. Some of the presentations from these trainings are available at