Independent development is possible, but difficult, in a small country like Timor-Leste. It requires solidarity and independent thinking. Yet independent thinking is constantly under threat from what might be called the ‘Anglo economic technocracy’, a mindset which stresses privatisation, uncoordinated investment and supposed open markets.

This paper will discuss some of the problems of Australian engagement with East Timorese development, then consider the independent elements of East Timorese  development policy, before reflecting on some future possibilities.

2005 Independent development in Timor Leste? PDF

Development Bulletin, No. 68