Impact Assessment:
Take a Load Off Oecusse, Timor-Leste

Jan 2011 to Jun 2011
Sally Bolton

By Sally Bolton
Communications Advisor

The project:
Take a load off Oecusse, Timor-Leste
Technologies used:
Q Drum Water transporter
Local partner:
Centro Feto Enclave Oecusse

We connected Q Drums with 30 families in Oecusse, working with our local partner, Centro Feto Enclave Oecusse (CFEO).

Kopernik Fellows Michael Woon (October 2010 - January 2011) and Sally Bolton (January – June 2011) conducted an impact assessment.

Oecusse is an isolated enclave on the north coast of Timor, bordered by the Indonesian territory of West Timor. Approximately 45 percent of Oecusse’s population of 64,000 live below the poverty line. Almost every household in the enclave reports that there is at least one month each year when they do not have enough food to eat.

In January 2011, Centro Feto staff interviewed all 30 people who had purchased a Q Drum for the baseline survey. They returned to conduct follow up surveys with each person after they had been using the Q Drum for one and a half to two months. People paid US$10 for a Q Drum, in four monthly instalments of US$2.50. The families who bought Q Drums live on around US$2 per day on average.

The Q Drums have made a significant impact, by:

  • Almost halving the number of households spending more than one hour each day collecting water,
  • Reducing by two thirds the number of households making more than one trip per day to collect water, and
  • Almost halving the number of households requiring more than one person to collect water each day. 

Language was a significant challenge to collecting reliable survey data: surveys were designed in English, translated into Indonesian, conducted in Baikeno and recorded in Tetum, which then had to then be translated into English for analysis.


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