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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Farmers in Timor Leste benefit from new and better crops introduced through USAID.

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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: November 30, 2015

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Contact Information

Mission Contact

John Seong
8250 Dili Place
Postal Code - M 
+670 332-2211
+670 332-2216

USAID Contact

Julie Pekowski, Desk Officer
U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
, DC 
(202) 712-5377