Timor-Leste and ADB

In the Spotlight

  • ADB Supports Development in the Pacific

    ADB has scaled up its assistance to Pacific countries from about $500 million in 2004 to more than $2 billion by the end of 2015, supporting the construction of infrastructure such as transport, energy, water and sanitation, and information and communication technology.

  • Fishing Industry in the Pacific: 12 Things to Know

    Deep sea fishing produces jobs, foreign exchange and government revenue for Pacific island nations.

  • Timor-Leste: Country Partnership Strategy (2016-2020)

    ADB has approved a new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) with Timor-Leste for 2016-2020 which will help it develop a sustainable non-oil economy by improving infrastructure, developing key institutions, and increasing investments in human capital.

  • Timor-Leste: Development Effectiveness Brief

    ADB has been supporting Timor-Leste’s development since 1999, helping the government build a broad-based, non-oil economy through supportive investments in the national road network, urban water supply, and vocational education.

Timor-Leste’s development prospects hinge on prudent use of its petroleum wealth to finance high-quality, sustainable investments in physical and human capital. The country has made excellent progress in state building and improving key social services, but its human development indicators remain among the lowest in the region.

ADB's country operations business plan, 2015-2017 is closely aligned with Timor-Leste’s Strategic Development Plan, 2011-2030, which involves a range of development initiatives in transport, urban water supply, infrastructure management, technical and vocational education and training, finance, and regional cooperation and integration.

Read the ADB and Timor Leste fact sheet.


Projects in Timor-Leste

  • 1.17

    Population in Timor-Leste, in millions (2015)

  • 49.9%

    Population living below the national poverty line in Timor-Leste (Before 2010)

    Refers to preliminary/interim figures; or refers to periods before 2010.
  • 1.8%

    Average annual population growth rate in Timor-Leste (2010-2015)

  • 215

    Maternal mortality ratio in Timor-Leste, per 100,000 live births (2015)