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Dexis and USAID Strengthen Democratic Values in Timor-Leste

Dili, February 16, 2024 — Today, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Dexis Consulting Group (Dexis) proudly announced collaboration on the newly created program “Accountability and Integrity Mechanism activity,” focused on promoting accountability and anti-corruption reforms in Timor-Leste.

The initial three-year, $7.9-million contract awarded to Dexis marks a crucial step in USAID’s new generation of democracy support in Timor-Leste. The objective is to bolster key Timorese institutions, enhancing the country’s democratic system to deliver “an inclusive, prosperous, and healthy Timor-Leste” for its young, growing population.

“We believe in the power of accountability and transparency to build a foundation for a thriving democracy. People-level impact is paramount, and this new activity is a testament to the U.S. Government’s commitment to empower the people of Timor-Leste,” said USAID Interim Mission Director Mark White.

Dexis will work with civil society, and the government and parliament of Timor-Leste to strengthen the strategic, institutional, communications, and coordination capacity of key accountability institutions, especially the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Office of the Ombudsman for Human Rights and Justice, and the Audit Chamber. Stronger institutional independence of these oversight agencies, coupled with the development of sound legislative and governmental policy, help ensure that citizens can hold their government accountable.

“We appreciate the confidence USAID has expressed in Dexis with this award and look forward to working with the men and women of Timor-Leste to promote greater accountability for a better future for this still-young country,” said Dexis Chief Executive Officer Mihir Desai.

USAID and Dexis will work together to help the Timor-Leste support its young, growing population. Photo by Jose_Matheus/Shutterstock.com

Through USAID, the United States Embassy to Timor-Leste is contributing nearly $92 million between 2021 and 2025, bolstering Timor-Leste’s economy and promoting good governance. Since Timor-Leste’s independence, USAID has contributed over $323 million, fostering inclusive and peaceful development for a more prosperous, healthy, and self-reliant nation.

About Dexis Consulting Group
Dexis Consulting Group is a professional services firm that solves the most pressing social challenges in complex environments, paving the way for a more secure and prosperous world. We advance the missions of leading global engagement agencies, including USAID, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Defense. We specialize in advancing democracy, improving access to justice, ensuring program effectiveness, and boosting federal workforces in the United States and around the world. Our staff of 500 headquarters and project employees maintain an active presence across 80 countries.

For more information, please contact: Diana Braunschweig, Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassy Dili: BraunschweigDFE@state.gov, and Rosario Maia, Supervisory Development Outreach and Communications Specialist at USAID/Timor-Leste: rmaia@usaid.gov.

Kerry Fogarty
Dexis Consulting Group