Tamara Failor

Road construction in Timor 

Can Social Auditing Drive More Inclusive Development in Timor-Leste?

July 12, 2017


It is rare for a government leader to offer explicit support and resources for social auditing, a process in which citizens monitor government services and programs to ensure that they are inclusive and serve the needs of the people. But Timor-Leste’s Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araújo did just that at his swearing-in ceremony in early 2015. A soci… Read more


Charter Outlines 10 Actions to Prevent Violence Against Women and Children in Timor-Leste

November 30, 2016


As the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign kicks off across the globe, prominent government and civil society leaders in Timor-Leste signed an important Charter last week declaring their own commitment to preventing violence against women and children. The move is a significant step forward in Timor-Leste, where violence agai… Read more


Incentivizing Better Local Governance in Sri Lanka

December 14, 2011


While local governments are widely viewed as critical to development because they are considered citizens’ most accessible government unit, in many developing countries these local government institutions don’t live up to their potential…


Kandy Revitalization Project Bridges Rift between Sri Lanka’s Public and Private Sector

August 10, 2011


Nestled in a valley surrounded by tea plantations a few hours’ drive east of Colombo, Kandy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its natural beauty and cultural significance. In July and August during the 10-day “Esala Perahera,” Sri Lanka’s most celebrated Buddhist festival…


Water Tank Saves Sri Lankan Residents from Worst of Floods

June 22, 2011


Sri Lanka is no stranger to water-related disaster; the 2004 tsunami was only one such threat to livelihoods in the vulnerable island nation. In January and February 2011, Sri Lanka’s Northern, Eastern, and Central provinces were deluged by severe floods. Though flooding during the country’s bi-annual monsoon is a recurrent problem, the rains in the hardest-hit district of Batticaloa…


Afghanistan’s Provincial Governors Exercise Responsiveness, Transparency

March 9, 2011


In Afghanistan, governors are responsible for coordinating security, planning and development, and administration in their provinces. While they receive restricted funding from the Ministry of Finance, most lack adequate resources…


Shaping Mongolia’s Urban Future

December 8, 2010


Mongolia, a vast but sparsely-populated country, established centers of urban administration and governance only over the past 60 years or so. Until the mid-1940s, Buddhist monasteries and residences of nobility were the only truly fixed settlements, and virtually all citizens lived in portable structures while herding sheep, horses, and other catt… Read more