Timor-Leste – The Project for Study on Dili Urban Master Plan


Region: Asia - Southeast Asia
Country: Timor-Leste
Location within Country: Dili
Client: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Funding Source: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Date: April 2014 - October 2016
Category: Urban and Spatial Development
Service: Master Planning
Brief Narrative Description of Project:

Dili is the capital city of Timor-Leste and comprises six administrative posts, 31 sucos and 241 aldeias. The Dili municipality accommodates a population of 234,026 (2010 Census) with annual population growth rate at 4.1%, which is far above the national average growth rate (2.45%). There has been no overarching countermeasure undertaken against such rapid growth of urban population. Various urban issues arise such as uncontrolled urbanization, traffic congestion due to rapid increase in number of vehicles, higher risks of natural disaster, degraded sanitary condition due to underdeveloped sewerage and solid waste management facilities. These issues have further obstructed the economic activities. In this background, the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (GoTL) requested the Government of Japan to prepare the development vision that will enhance sustainable economic growth and to formulate the integrated Dili urban master plan. In response to the request, the Ministry of Public Works and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed the Record of Discussion for the implementation. The project aims to formulate the integrated urban master plan that will facilitate sustainable development in Dili Metropolitan Area (DMA). Transferring participatory planning method through collaborative work with the counterpart and involvement of stakeholders in the planning process are also some of the objectives of the project. Moreover, to ensure its feasibility by obtaining approval of the formulated master plan by the GoTL is also one of the crucial components of the project. Both the counterparts of the GoTL and the JICA Project Team (JPT) have worked and conducted the study together.


Description of Actual Services Provided in this Assignment:

– to analyze the current conditions of Dili Metropolitan Area and infrastructure

– to conduct traffic count survey and household interview surveys

– to analyze socio-economic data and forecast future population and GRDP

– to formulate development vision and concept of Dili Metropolitan Area

– to formulate urban structure plan by considering three development scenarios

– to carry out environmental and social consideration study



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