Evaluation of Australian aid to Timor-Leste

18 June 2014

This evaluation focuses on the planning and implementation of aid to Timor-Leste from 2006 to 2013. It concludes that the country program has made steady but uneven progress in implementing several of the country strategy’s key commitments, and that DFAT needs to build coherent, long-term and appropriately-resourced programs that address a limited set of clear and compelling development objectives. The evaluation also finds that in countries affected by or transitioning from conflict, shorter-term, more flexible planning approaches which focus on prioritising and sequencing aid efforts may be required. These should pay stronger attention to resourcing requirements than in contexts where business-as-usual approaches may be adequate.

The evaluation makes five recommendations aimed at strengthening the effectiveness of assistance to Timor-Leste, and the effectiveness of DFAT’s country program aid more broadly. DFAT has accepted all the recommendations.

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Last Updated: 28 July 2015
A woman and child standing in a green field
Isabella Dacavarhlo, with her daughter, maintains her family’s peanut and sweet potato crop while her husband in away in Dili. Credit: Conor Ashleigh / Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.