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Timor-Leste

Strategies for Transitioning from Fragility to Prosperity
Strategies for Transitioning from Fragility to Prosperity
Gregorio Colo from Oecusse District learns practical skills through USAID's new agribusiness curriculum.
Agribusiness Training Gives Students a Head Start
Nurse Graciana de Jesus Martins has learned to recognize when a child's cough indicates pneumonia and when it is less serious.
Right Diagnosis, First Time

About Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste is one of the world's newest countries and also one of the poorest. This small, half-island nation is home to a young and culturally diverse population of just over 1 million. In its pivotal Southeast Asia location between Indonesia and Australia, Timor-Leste is already playing an important role in regional and global organizations. It currently holds the chair of the g7+ Group of Fragile and Conflict-Affected States, helping to lead the way to more effective engagement between developed and developing countries.

Timor-Leste has significant petroleum resources, but the country has young and inexperienced institutions of state, limited human resource capacity, and poor infrastructure. Despite the challenges, Timor-Leste has worked with diligence and courage since independence to establish its democratic institutions and a viable economy.

USAID works closely with Timor-Leste to address some of the country’s most pressing challenges. We focus on tackling Timor-Leste's serious health challenges, particularly those affecting women and children; improving agricultural capacity and performance; encouraging private sector competitiveness; building democratic institutions and good governance mechanisms, including anti-corruption systems; protecting the natural environment; and helping populations adapt to climate change.

Last updated: July 25, 2014

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