Timor-Leste held three sets of nationwide elections in 2012, electing a new president and new members of Parliament. USAID helped deploy more than 1,500 independent election observers.
USAID's Our Land (Ita Nia Rai) project created a property registration process that registered more than 50,000 claims in Timor-Leste's urban areas. The Ministry of Justice now administers the process and has awarded certificates for uncontested claims.
Farmers in Timor Leste benefit from new and better crops introduced through USAID.
USAID’s Coral Triangle Support Partnership helps coastal communities better understand, manage and protect their vital resources. Under a new co-management model, communities have their own no-take marine zones and protected turtle nesting sites.
With support from USAID's health program, health workers can reach some of Timor-Leste's most remote communities. Activities focus on maternal, neonatal and child health, maternal and infant nutrition, child immunization, and family planning.
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: November 30, 2015