Timor-Leste and ADB

In the Spotlight

  • Timor-Leste’s Gender Gap Narrowing in Education, Employment

    Timor-Leste’s gender gap has narrowed in education, employment and political influence, but significant challenges remain in achieving gender equality on a range of other measures, according to a new report.

  • Developing Asia Fastest Growing Region

    Developing Asia remains the fastest growing region globally despite slower-than-expected growth in major industrial countries as key economies move ahead with structural reforms, says a new ADB report. Read about the economic outlook for Timor Leste.

  • A Broader View of Asian Poverty

    Food insecurity and economic vulnerability should be included in a broader definition of poverty that could help policymakers develop more effective approaches, says new ADB report. Download the statistical tables for Timor Leste.

  • Private Sector Engagement Boosts Performance of State-Owned Enterprises

    Engaging the private sector through public-private partnerships and privatization improves the performance and service delivery of state-owned enterprises, according to a new report by ADB.


ADB has partnered with the Government of Timor-Leste to help make long-term improvements in living standards since 1999, 3 years before Timor-Leste gained independence and became a member of ADB. In the initial years, support concentrated on emergency infrastructure.

Since 2006, ADB assistance has focused on rehabilitating infrastructure required for connectivity, and building the capacity to ensure that infrastructure is operated and maintained effectively.

Rapid progress is possible, as Timor-Leste can draw on its substantial petroleum resources to invest in core infrastructure, basic services, and capacity building.

Fact Sheet

Funding Information

Fast Facts

1.15(2013) Population in millions

2.4%(2008-2013) Average annual population growth rate

49.9%(2007) Population living below the national poverty line

Download 2014 Basic Statistics