Timor-Leste and ADB

In the Spotlight

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.


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  • 1.8%

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

  • 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.
  • 1.17

    Population in Timor-Leste, in millions (2015)

  • 215

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