Top donors to East Timor

A farmer who benefits from the Seeds of Life program that is funded by the East Timorese and Australian governments. Australia is one of East Timor’s top donors. Photo by: ACIAR / DfAT / CC BY

More than a decade after it was declared the world’s newest nation, East Timor seems intent on putting its violent past behind and focusing on sustaining economic growth and development progress.

Located between Indonesia and Australia — two countries that see themselves as main players in the Asia-Pacific — East Timor seems strategically placed to play a larger role in the region. Its recent transition to the Human Development Index’s medium development category is a good sign that it is serious about improving conditions in the country.

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    Anna Patricia Valerio is a Manila-based development analyst focusing on writing innovative, in-the-know content for senior executives in the international development community. Before joining Devex, Patricia wrote and edited business, technology and health stories for BusinessWorld, a Manila-based business newspaper.