Goal 1 - No Poverty

Goal 1 - No Poverty


This goal is about raising the incomes of the poorest, but it’s also about ensuring access to basic services, and protecting everyone from human-caused and natural disasters.

Why does SDG1 matter to Timor-Leste?

Relevant Target for

1.1 by 2030, ERADICATE EXTREME POVERTY for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day

1.2 by 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in POVERTY IN ALL ITS DIMENSIONS according to national definitions
1.3 by 2030 ensure that all men and women, particularly the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as ACCESS TO BASIC SERVICES, ownership, and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology, and financial services including microfinance

Timor-Leste experiencing very high levels of extreme poverty, hunger and child malnutrition as well as low levels of formal education.

More than 40% of Timorese people still live in poverty (based on the latest Survey of Living Standards (2014/15), and 30 percent of the population still live below the $1.90 a day international poverty line) and many households, especially in rural areas, still lack basic human rights, such as clean water and sanitation. Poor water access and sanitation makes people sick, as well as limiting children’s ability to learn. These impacts disproportionately affect women and children, as they are usually the ones who must fetch water and children are more susceptible to disease.

Many children in Timor-Leste still do not receive enough nutritious food. According to the 2016 DHS, child wasting has been increasing and stunting remains high. Childhood malnutrition and under nutrition can lead to chronic lifelong health problems, impact educational outcomes and limit the child’s opportunities later in life.


  • Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030
  • Financing for Development
  • Habitat III


22 February 2018