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The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is the global humanitarian organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Through an international network, ADRA delivers relief and development assistance to individuals in more than 130 countries—regardless of their ethnicity, political affiliation, or religious association. By partnering with communities, organizations, and governments, ADRA ...See More is able to improve the quality of life of millions through 9 impact areas. Show Less

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Human Rights
HART is not just ‘another aid organisation’. We are distinctive in that we combine aid with advocacy, working for peoples suffering from oppression, exploitation and persecution who are generally not served by major aid organisations and are off the radar screen of international media”

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Human Rights
Clean Water
Due to Timor-Lesteâ's small size and location, the country faces serious problems regarding food security.1 With the increasing intensity of climate change, Timor-Lesteâ's food insecurity could become even worse.2 Annually rising temperatures have decreased livestock and ecosystem diversity and have destroyed several of the countryâ's food sources.3 Food insecurity in recent years has increased the number of children in Timor-Leste who are underweight and suffer from undernutrition.4 Climate change is also decreasing the amount of fresh groundwater that is available for consumption.5 The Australian government has been instrumental in Timor-Leste in providing funds and expertise to Timor-Leste for safeguarding the water supply from the damaging effects of climate change.6

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East Timor News

The Sydney Morning Herald 
The hero of East Timor's independence, Xanana Gusmao, will continue to lead his country's sensitive negotiations over maritime boundaries with Australia. See more..
Cadtle Hills News 
CARLINGFORD teen Varsha Krithivasan has recently returned home after spending two weeks in East Timor as part of a United Nations program. The 16-year-old is part of a year-long initiative with UN Youth Australia, and went to Australia's northern ... See more..
South China Morning Post 
A Hong Kong photographer and eco-tourism pioneer has been killed in a freak accident in East Timor. Long-time city resident, Daniel Groshong, and two other people died when their 4x4 vehicle was crushed by a falling tree in a remote and mountainous ... See more..
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Now Khunto is a new political force in East Timor's parliament, bolstered by rising disenfranchisement among the youth and anxiety over the country's economy. Almost three weeks after the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (Fretilin) ... See more..
The Sydney Morning Herald 
Bangkok: East Timor's Fretilin party has opened the way for the formation of a broad-based unity government to rule the tiny nation for the next five years as it led counting of votes in Saturday's national elections. "Now the campaign is over, there ... See more..
Independent Australia 
Archival documents show the British Government – like Australia and the U.S. – actively assisted Indonesia cover up crimes against humanity in East Timor. Dr Adam Henry reports. In recent research in the National Archives (UK) regarding the British ... See more..
The Sydney Morning Herald 
The hero of East Timor's independence struggle Xanana Gusmao has resigned from the presidency of his party only days after national elections, throwing ... See more..
Ararat Advertiser 
Bangkok: MPs from East Timor's major political parties are moving to impeach the country's President as tensions rise again in the former Indonesian-controlled island nation. The MPs are demanding that Taur Matan Ruak, also known by his Portuguese ... See more..
The Australian 
In East Timor, the formal month-long election campaign was calm and orderly. In many respects, the campaign mirrored what we see in Australia, with slick party billboards calling for fairness and equality, better investment in roads, health and ... See more..
The Phnom Penh Post 
I served as an election monitor for East Timor's recent parliamentary election as part of the International Republican Institute's election observation mission. Throughout my visit, I was struck by the passionate commitment of the Timorese to the ... See more..
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Southeastern Asia, northwest of Australia in the Lesser Sunda Islands at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago; note - Timor-Leste includes the eastern half of the island of Timor, the Oecussi (Ambeno) region on the northwest portion of the island of Timor, and the islands of Pulau Atauro and Pulau Jaco

Total 14,874 sq km
Land 14,874 sq km
Water 0 sq km


tropical; hot, humid; distinct rainy and dry seasons
Natural Resources

gold, petroleum, natural gas, manganese, marble ;
Natural Hazards

floods and landslides are common; earthquakes; tsunamis; tropical cyclones
Current Environmental Issues

widespread use of slash and burn agriculture has led to deforestation and soil erosion


Ethnic Groups


Since its 1999 independence, Timor-Leste has faced great challenges in rebuilding its infrastructure, strengthening the civil administration, and generating jobs for young people entering the work force. The development of oil and gas resources in offshore waters has greatly supplemented government revenues. This technology-intensive industry, however, has done little to create jobs for the unemployed in part because there are no production facilities in Timor-Leste. Gas is piped to Australia. In June 2005, the National Parliament unanimously approved the creation of a Petroleum Fund to serve as a repository for all petroleum revenues and to preserve the value of Timor-Leste's ...See More petroleum wealth for future generations. The Fund held assets of US$9.3 billion as of December 2011. The economy continues to recover from the mid-2006 outbreak of violence and civil unrest, which disrupted both private and public sector economic activity. Government spending increased markedly from 2009 through 2012, primarily on basic infrastructure, including electricity and roads. Limited experience in procurement and infrastructure building has hampered these projects. The underlying economic policy challenge the country faces remains how best to use oil-and-gas wealth to lift the non-oil economy onto a higher growth path and to reduce poverty. Timor-Leste had a balanced budget in 2012 with government expenditures of $1.7 billion focusing on development of public infrastructure. On the strength of its oil-wealth, the economy has achieved real growth of approximately 10% per year for the last several years, among the highest sustained growth rates in the world. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$11.23 billion (2012 est.); $10.21 billion (2011 est.); $9.228 billion (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

coffee, rice, corn, cassava (manioc), sweet potatoes, soybeans, cabbage, mangoes, bananas, vanilla

printing, soap manufacturing, handicrafts, woven cloth