For more than a decade, La’o Hamutuk, as a Timor-Leste civil society organization, has been observing and analyzing the activities of Timor-Leste’s development partners and decision-makers as this nation emerges from war and occupation into peace and democracy.
La’o Hamutuk appreciates your hard work to make international assistance to Timor-Leste more effective, and we have observed improvement since 2000. During that time, the global aid community has learned lessons.
We have written a separate paper with our preliminary observations on the Strategic Development Plan. This paper complements that one. Some of our comments refer to the “Principles for Good International Engagement in Fragile States and Situations,” but we are writing specifically about Timor-Leste.
- Please understand Timor-Leste’s complete context.
- Ongoing impunity makes this democratic state more fragile.
- Timor-Leste is a petro-state without much petroleum.
- External debt will make Timor-Leste more fragile.
- The Resource Curse is a key element of Timor-Leste’s context and fragility.
- Security is more than the “security sector.”
- Statebuilding is not the only objective.
- Prioritize prevention with long-term planning and earlier-warning analysis.