Timor-Leste and ADB

In the Spotlight

  • Climate Change in Coral Triangle of the Pacific Countries: Supporting Communities to Adapt

    This brief provides representatives of national government and regional organizations—and other key decision makers in climate change, development, fisheries, agriculture, environment, and natural resource management in Coral Triangle of the Pacific (CTP) and similar countries—with policy advice to help rural communities adapt to climate change. 

  • ADB, Timor-Leste Inaugurate Project to Improve Water Supply System

    The District Capitals Water Supply Project in Timor-Leste will deliver 24-hour supply of clean water to urban areas and improve the quality of drinking water in the district capitals of Manatuto and Pante Macasar.

  • Our Work in the Pacific

    For almost half a century, ADB has been partnering with Pacific developing countries to help them grow and prosper. ADB has scaled up its assistance in the Pacific to more than $2 billion by the end of 2014 from about $500 million in 2004. The vast majority of this support goes into building infrastructure.

  • 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.


Despite excellent progress in statebuilding, and improvements to key social services, human development indicators in Timor-Leste remain among the lowest in the region. Prospects for further progress hinge on prudent use of the country’s petroleum wealth to finance high quality, sustainable investments in physical and human capital.

ADB's country partnership strategy, 2011-2015 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.

Fact Sheet

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Projects in Timor-Leste

1.21(2014) Population in millions

2.7%(2009-2014) Average annual population growth rate

49.9%* Population living below the national poverty line (*Preliminary/interim figure; or refers to period before 2009.)

Download 2015 Basic Statistics