Timor-Leste and ADB
In the Spotlight
The Dili Urban Water Supply Sector Project has improved water supply tertiary distribution by (i) reducing and controlling water losses in Dili; (ii) achieving more efficient hydraulic management of the Dili water supply system; and (iii) upgrading the leak detection, leak reduction, and management skills.
Mapping Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations in Asia and the Pacific: Development Challenges in Timor Leste
Despite its rapidly growing economy in recent years due to the discovery of oil and gas reserves, Timor-Leste still exhibits fragile characteristics. Poverty continues to be a serious problem and about 40% of the population lives below the national poverty line.
With average growth in the Pacific now projected at 2.7% in 2016 and 3.3% in 2017, the lowest since the global financial and economic crisis, policies to reinvigorate and sustain economic activity need to be prioritized, according to the December 2016 issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor.
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.
The country partnership strategy (CPS), 2016-2020 for Timor-Leste will help develop a sustainable non-oil economy by improving infrastructure, developing key institutions, and increasing investments in human capital.
Read the ADB and Timor Leste fact sheet.
Projects in Timor-Leste
Average annual population growth rate in Timor-Leste (2010-2015)
Population in Timor-Leste, in millions (2015)
Internet users in Timor-Leste, per 100 population (2014)
Maternal mortality ratio in Timor-Leste, per 100,000 live births (2015)