Timor-Leste

Report

Health security in the Pacific: expert perspectives to guide health system strengthening

This report seeks to identify and prioritise health system strengthening initiatives that prevent impacts of health security threats and strengthen the ability to respond to these threats in the Pacific region.
Report

Political and governance challenges confronting Timor-Leste

This paper looks at the primary challenges that Timor-Leste faces, on both the economic and political fronts.
Report

Chinese and Australian interests in Timor-Leste: at odds or mutually beneficial?

This paper argues that while there is little evidence to support the claim that China already has a strong degree of influence in Timor-Leste, it is also necessary, in Australia’s strategic outlook, to be alert to the implications of such a possibility in the future.
Report

Unseen, unsafe: the underinvestment in ending violence against children in the Pacific and Timor-Leste

Violence against children is at endemic levels across Pacific island nations and Timor-Leste. Millions of children experience exceptionally high levels of physical, emotional and sexual violence, as well as neglect.
Report

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s continental shelf: Australia’s Timor Sea maritime boundary

This narrative focuses on the Timor Sea and the sovereignty issue over the part of the continental shelf that is adjacent to Australia’s northern coast and which has been coveted by both Indonesia and Timor-Leste.
Blog post

Australia’s seasonal worker program now bigger than NZ’s

The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP), which allows workers from the Pacific and Timor-Leste to work on Australian farms for up to nine months, grew by 44% in 2018-19 or by some 3,000 workers – the largest absolute increase ever and one of the highest percentage...
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Despite the odds: Timor-Leste’s quest to avoid a debt trap dilemma and achieve democratic stability

This paper details how Dilli might opt to confront some of its most sizable challenges—whether in terms of providing sustainable economic growth, pursuing democratic consolidation, or in fending off some of the more predatory trade policies of its larger neighbors.
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Finding partners: Timor-Leste’s evolving security ties with Southeast Asia

This paper explores how Timor-Leste’s sense of geopolitical vulnerability, as a young democracy in an increasingly rivalrous region—when coupled with a number of pressing domestic imperatives—has played a key role in shaping its strategic outlook.
Report

Shaping the path

This audit found 31 cases of misconduct committed by aid workers connected to Australian charities. The sector's peak body, the Council for International Development, has promised major changes to protect some of the world's most vulnerable people.
Report

Food and nutrition security in Timor-Leste: challenges and prospects

Timor-Leste’s high rate of malnutrition impedes the population’s ability to break the cycle of poverty and, at the national level, is a burden on national development. As a Least Developed Country, with a high poverty rate, achieving food and nutrition security is crucial for Timor-Leste’s...
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Timor-Leste national human development report 2018

This National Human Development Report (National HDR) puts the well-being of young people in Timor-Leste at the centre of the policy agenda. This report responds to the development aspirations of the youth of Timor-Leste, the drivers of the nation’s future development.
Working paper

Maximizing the development impacts from temporary migration

This paper evaluates the impact of the Australian agriculture sector's Pacific seasonal worker program on workers, their households, and communities.
Fact sheet

Australia and Timor-Leste maritime boundaries: fact sheet

For the first time, Australia and Timor-Leste have agreed upon a permanent maritime boundary.
Evaluation

Making it count: lessons from Australian electoral assistance 2006-16

This Office of Development Effectiveness evaluation examined the effectiveness, inclusiveness and efficiency of Australian electoral assistance to major national elections in eight countries between 2006 and 2016: Afghanistan, Myanmar, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga.
Commentary

A return to belligerent democracy?

The political stalemate in Timor-Leste has three possible outcomes. Michael Leach explains.
Report

Timor Leste, Australia, and Asia’s contested maritime order

The long and complicated history between Timor-Leste and Australia over the Timor Sea offers two salient lessons for contemporary maritime order in Asia.
Commentary

Bridging the Timor gap

A surprise agreement in the Timor Sea boundary dispute vindicates Timor-Leste’s strategy. Michael Leach explains.
Report

Reference portfolios for sovereign funds in Pacific Island nations

Third in a series of papers on the role of Sovereign Funds (SFs) in the Pacific Islands, this report suggests a 'reference portfolio' approach as a benchmark governance choice for Pacific Island funds
Report

Improving the performance of sovereign funds in the Pacific

This report summarises the research that has been undertaken on Sovereign Funds in the Pacific and draws out key findings, lessons and opportunities for funds to move closer to “best practice”.
Article

Timor-Leste elections 2017: more of the same?

Politics in Timor-Leste is always engaging and colourful, and the lead-up to the 2017 presidential election on March 20 is no exception.