Summary of publication
This report summarises the progress of the Australian Government’s aid program in Timor-Leste from July 2013 to June 2014. The aid program is implemented in accordance with the Australia – Timor-Leste Country Strategy 2009-14 and the priorities jointly agreed by the Governments of Timor-Leste and Australia in the Strategic Planning Agreement for Development.
The report finds that the program has seen solid progress, with particular success in supporting governance and community development, increasing ownership of the GoTL over the development agenda, supporting the foundations of an effective national police force, and achieving progress in meaningful integration of gender equality across the program. The reporting period saw continued consolidation in the program and the redesign of key programs such as health, to make them more flexible and responsive to GoTL priorities. Mixed progress in some sectors, such as education, stressed the importance of responsiveness to partner Ministries, both in terms of securing resources, implementing agreed actions and coordinating with other relevant ministries. Generating strong and mutually accountable relationships will remain a pillar of our implementation approach.