The program for access Improvement to Markets in the Eastern Region of East Timor Leste (AIM) directly supported the National Development Plan designed to facilitate the country’s economic and social development through the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the bridge network in potentially rich agricultural districts in the Eastern region, namely Viqueque and Lautern. The project was originally designed for 2.5 years until end of 2006 but was extended to the end of 2008 with an additional USD 700,000 contribution from the Government of Timor Leste.

The objectives of the this project were to: establish a base-line for AMCAP and OCAP, with a data-base system installed (Ainaro, Manatuto Community Activation Project); establish a functional monitoring system, whereby the above established indicators can be effectively tracked to determine progress; ensure that the relevant AMCAP and OCAP staff are trained in the effective use of the system, whereby they can independently operate it; and link-up and build capacities of staff within the National Statistical Department (NSD) in relation to the design, analysis and development of the poverty profiling exercise.