What we Do
The NTA is an Australian not-for-profit NGO committed to supporting projects in the Indonesian province of Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) located immediately to the north of Australia. Nusa Tenggara Timur is the poorest region in Indonesia, and one of the poorest in the world. It encompasses the western part of Timor island as well as Flores, Sumba and other smaller nearby islands.
The NTA collaborates with local NGOs, and engages the community by co-ordinating a consensus (musyawarah) process where local people identify the most essential projects. This means that the people affected by the development have ownership of the processes, which are then overseen and regularly monitored by NTA staff. The NTA supports around 150 to 200 small activities at any given time, and these are aimed at meeting the basic needs of the communities in the following areas:
- small scale infrastructure (local roads, fencing, toilets, water tanks, wells, school buildings)
- educational resources (books, equipment, improvements to buildings, teacher training); and
- resources and technical assistance to foster income-earning activities mainly in agriculture, livestock management and marine activities including the introduction of new technologies.