Since independence, Timor-Leste has formed its own hybrid development strategies, through a National Development Plan and the distinct practices of two different governments. These hybrids incorporate mixed ideas from economic liberal, developmental state, and human development traditions. Yet the language and practice of development strategy have not always matched, and both are changing. This chapter identifies the main contemporary approaches to development strategy, then links those to experience in Timor-Leste since independence. It concludes with some observations on the neglected sectors of education, health and agriculture.
In M. Leach and D. Kingsbury (Eds.), The Politics of Timor-Leste: Democratic Consolidation after Intervention, (pp. 215-238). Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program.