UNDP SERC Project
The Strengthening Early Recovery for Comprehensive and Sustainable Reintegration of IDPs (SERC) Project was conceived in the aftermath of the tensions and violence in East Timor in 2006/07 as a way to bring conflicted communities together and work towards a common community led goal. The project was implemented through the Ministry of Social Solidarity and ran from March 2009 until March 2011.
Using participatory processes, SERC mobilisers worked with communities to identify and agree on an infrastructure project that would be of benefit to the whole community. SERC engineers then designed the infrastructure and managed the implementation, ensuring as much community involvement as possible in the process.
Twenty three projects were built, ranging from community centres, to sports facilities, drainage and water supply projects and schools.
FH Designs consultants' involvement in the SERC Project
Paul Tyndale-Biscoe was the Project Engineer on the SERC Project from September 2009 until January 2010, and the Project Manager from January 2010 until the project's completion in March 2011. The final report from the SERC Project is available here. An independent evaluation of the SERC Project was conducted in April 2011 and the evaluation report is available here.