The inaugural Harold Mitchell Development Policy Annual Lecture: Timor-Leste and the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States

Timor-Leste and the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States
Thursday 22 November 2012

Emilia Pires, Former Finance Minister, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste, which gained its independence in 2002, is one of the world’s youngest countries. Born out of a history of violence and poverty, in recent years Timor-Leste has experienced both social stability and rapid growth, and its development prospects have strengthened considerably.

Timor-Leste has also been a pioneer in establishing the g7+, a group of 17 fragile states formed in 2010 as a country-owned and country-led global mechanism to monitor, report and draw attention to the unique challenges faced by fragile states. The New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States represents the first time in history that conflict-afflicted states have taken the lead in designing an aid architecture for and by themselves.

Emilia Pires was Timor-Leste’s Minister of Finance between April 2007 and February 2015. She served as the founding Chair of the g7+, and in 2012 was appointed to the High-level Panel advising the United Nations Secretary-General on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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