Fundasaun Mahein celebrates 7 years of success and asks, What’s next?

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Fundasaun Mahein celebrates 7 years of success and asks, What’s next?

Today, on June 29th, 2016, Fundasaun Mahein celebrates its seventh anniversary of operations in Timor-Leste. In response to the aftermath of the 2006 crisis and ongoing concerns about Timor-Leste’s security sector, Nélson Belo co-founded Fundasaun Mahein (FM) in 2009 to provide an honest and independent voice for civil society in Security Sector Development. Though at seven years old the organization is still young, FM’s output has long been exceedingly mature and well-respected in the security sector.

Seven years to the day, we reflect on FM’s accomplishments in the security sector, and take a look at what lies ahead.

Accomplishments in the Security Sector
A quick list of all we’ve accomplished throughout the years:

Research

• Over 120 research reports and 200 blog reports published on security sector development and reform
• Hard-copy distribution of over 4,000 research reports and 10,000 newsletters and pamphlets in local communities in all districts of Timor-Leste in the past three years alone

Programming

• 1,155 citizens and PNTL officers directly engaged in FM Community Management Meetings in communities across 12 municipalities
• More than 2,000 secondary school students directly engaged in FM’s Youth Socialization programming in 32 schools across all municipalities in Timor-Leste
• 400 university students directly engaged through university lectures and programming
• Over 50 interns taken on from DIT, UNPAZ, UNTIL, UNDILI, Centru Juventude, and more.

Media/Outreach

• Over 4,700 Facebook and 1,500 Twitter followers
• 15 Radio/TV programs since 2013
• Security Sector media training with over 200 media representatives
• Translation of PNTL legislation from Portuguese into Tetun, distributed to PNTL forces, government officials, and PNTL commanders in all municipalities

What’s next for Fundasaun Mahein?

After 7 years, FM is still driven by the same principles that prompted us to open our doors in 2009: the need for holistic development and reform of the security sector to ensure safety for economic growth, domestic infrastructure development, and political progress.

As much as FM and civil society have contributed to Security Sector Development since 2009, there is still much work to be done. A few topics FM is continuing to monitor and report on:

• There still exists no clear delineation of where PNTL national policing starts and where F-FDTL military oversight ends—this conflict and operational overlap between the two institutions continues to undermine security sector development across the country.
• Timor-Leste faces an issue of generational power in military leadership that has caused significant controversy and concern in the government in 2015 and 2016. This power struggle will continue to be a significant threat to national security until the F-FDTL resolves its generational leadership imbalance.
• While the PNTL in 2015 successfully completed its placements of 442 Community Policing Officers (OPS) in sucos across the country, those officers face a significant shortage in resources and training to successfully police their respective communities.

Thank you

We’d like to take a moment today to recognize all those who have enabled Fundasaun Mahein reach these milestones since 2009. When FM first opened its doors in 2009, we had only 6 members: Frei Guterres, Mateus Goncalves, Joao Almeida, Beltersa Lopez and Caetano Alves. FM also benefitted greatly from the advice of Commander Ular Rihik, Edward Rees and Gordon Peake, other friends and associates from the Students’ Solidarity Council, and Professor Jim Dator from University of Hawaii.

Since then we’ve grown significantly, and as of 2016 Fundasaun Mahein has relied on the hard work of 41 women and men over the years in research, outreach, programming, finances, archiving and more, to offer a complete platform for our stated mission of “Monitoring, Research and Advocacy” in the security sector. Without our incredible staff and close advisors, we would not be where we are today.

Second, we would like to thank our donors and partner organizations for their support in FM’s mission over the past seven years. With this immense swell of support Fundasaun Mahein has managed to make tangible impacts on policy and practice at the local and national level, and we hope our relationships continue to grow as we move forward.

Third, we would like to thank all the volunteers and volunteer partnership organizations who have contributed their time and efforts to improving Fundasaun Mahein internally and externally. Our volunteers have been crucial in the development of FM and we hope to continue to build on our partnerships in the coming years.

Finally, we must recognize all the stakeholders who have helped FM build its network since our founding. friends, family, concerned citizens, partner Fundasaun Mahein Celebrates 7 Years of Success and Asks, What’s Next?

Today, on June 29th, 2016, Fundasaun Mahein celebrates its seventh anniversary of operations in Timor-Leste. In response to the aftermath of the 2006 crisis and ongoing concerns about Timor-Leste’s security sector, Nélson Belo co-founded Fundasaun Mahein (FM) in 2009 to provide an honest and independent voice for civil society in Security Sector Development. Though at seven years old the organization is still young, FM’s output has long been exceedingly mature and well-respected in the security sector.

Seven years to the day, we reflect on FM’s accomplishments in the security sector, and take a look at what lies ahead.

Accomplishments in the Security Sector
A quick list of all we’ve accomplished throughout the years:

Research

• Over 120 research reports and 200 blog reports published on security sector development and reform
• Hard-copy distribution of over 4,000 research reports and 10,000 newsletters and pamphlets in local communities in all districts of Timor-Leste in the past three years alone

Programming

• 1,155 citizens and PNTL officers directly engaged in FM Community Management Meetings in communities across 12 municipalities
• More than 2,000 secondary school students directly engaged in FM’s Youth Socialization programming in 32 schools across all municipalities in Timor-Leste
• 400 university students directly engaged through university lectures and programming
• Over 50 interns taken on from DIT, UNPAZ, UNTIL, UNDILI, Centru Juventude, and more.

Media/Outreach

• Over 4,700 Facebook and 1,500 Twitter followers
• 15 Radio/TV programs since 2013
• Security Sector media training with over 200 media representatives
• Translation of PNTL legislation from Portuguese into Tetun, distributed to PNTL forces, government officials, and PNTL commanders in all municipalities

What’s next for Fundasaun Mahein?

After 7 years, FM is still driven by the same principles that prompted us to open our doors in 2009: the need for holistic development and reform of the security sector to ensure safety for economic growth, domestic infrastructure development, and political progress.

As much as FM and civil society have contributed to Security Sector Development since 2009, there is still much work to be done. A few topics FM is continuing to monitor and report on:

• There still exists no clear delineation of where PNTL national policing starts and where F-FDTL military oversight ends—this conflict and operational overlap between the two institutions continues to undermine security sector development across the country.
• Timor-Leste faces an issue of generational power in military leadership that has caused significant controversy and concern in the government in 2015 and 2016. This power struggle will continue to be a significant threat to national security until the F-FDTL resolves its generational leadership imbalance.
• While the PNTL in 2015 successfully completed its placements of 442 Community Policing Officers (OPS) in sucos across the country, those officers face a significant shortage in resources and training to successfully police their respective communities.

Thanks

We’d like to take a moment today to recognize all those who have enabled Fundasaun Mahein reach these milestones since 2009. When FM first opened its doors in 2009, we had only 6 members: Frei Guterres, Mateus Goncalves, Joao Almeida, Beltersa Lopez and Caetano Alves. FM also benefitted greatly from the advice of Commander Ular Rihik, Edward Rees and Gordon Peake, other friends and associates from the Students’ Solidarity Council, and Professor Jim Dator from University of Hawaii.

Since then we’ve grown significantly, and as of 2016 Fundasaun Mahein has relied on the hard work of 41 women and men over the years in research, outreach, programming, finances, archiving and more, to offer a complete platform for our stated mission of “Monitoring, Research and Advocacy” in the security sector. Without our incredible staff and close advisors, we would not be where we are today.

Second, we would like to thank our donors and partner organizations for their support in FM’s mission over the past seven years. With this immense swell of support Fundasaun Mahein has managed to make tangible impacts on policy and practice at the local and national level, and we hope our relationships continue to grow as we move forward.

Third, we would like to thank all the volunteers and volunteer partnership organizations who have contributed their time and efforts to improving Fundasaun Mahein internally and externally. Our volunteers have been crucial in the development of FM and we hope to continue to build on our partnerships in the coming years.

Finally, we must recognize all the stakeholders who have helped FM build its network since our founding. friends, family, concerned citizens, partner organizations, government officials, and local communities across the country—all have worked with FM to provide the best possible platform for building an independent voice in the security sector. Fundasaun Mahein works for the people of Timor-Leste, and we depend on your voices and support to improve our country’s security sector and make real impacts on the future of our state. Thank you.

For more information on Fundasaun Mahein, please contact:

Nélson Belo
Executive Director of FM
Phone: +670 78316075 or 7756 1184
Email: direktor.mahein@gmail.com
Website: www.fundasaunmahein.org
organizations, government officials, and local communities across the country—all have worked with FM to provide the best possible platform for building an independent voice in the security sector. Fundasaun Mahein works for the people of Timor-Leste, and we depend on your voices and support to improve our country’s security sector and make real impacts on the future of our state. Thank you.

For more information on Fundasaun Mahein, please contact:

Nélson Belo
Executive Director of FM
Phone: +670 78316075 or 7756 1184
Email: direktor.mahein@gmail.com
Website: www.fundasaunmahein.org

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