What we do.

The Centre of Studies for Peace and Development (CEPAD) uses collaborative research and interactive dialogue to advance the understanding of conflict-related issues and the major challenges to the consolidation of sustainable peace and representative democracy in Timor-Leste.

In 2007, CEPAD launched the Programme for Research and Dialogue for Peace (PRDP) in response to the violent political crisis of 2006.

Participants to this national consultation identified four priority issues to be addressed in order to move forward in the transition to sustainable peace in Timor-Leste:

  1. Addressing the promotion of individual and political party interests over the national interest;
  2. Addressing the ineffective formal judicial system and the culture of impunity; 
  3. Conducting a thorough historical review of the resistance and the occupation; and
  4. Reducing Corruption, Collusion and Nepotism (KKN).

CEPAD is working on these priority issues to help break the cycle of violence and create a climate in which the people of Timor-Leste can identify and address priority issues in a non-violent and durable manner.


Research approach

Since 2007, CEPAD has applied the participatory action research (PAR) methodology to carry out various projects and has adapted this to suit the Timor-Leste context. For this reason, the use of a traditional Timorese dialogue and conflict resolution tool know as nahe biti bot or ‘to roll out the big mat’ has been adopted and modified by CEPAD in order to create an inclusive and neutral space which is familiar to Timorese and which is conductive to discussion, sharing ideas and thinking about actions and recommendations.


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