Development Strategy (2012)

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. Continue reading “Development Strategy (2012)”

Los 54: Third graduation of Timorese doctors (2011)

54 Timorese doctors graduate as a result of Cuban-East Timorese health cooperation. Continue reading “Los 54: Third graduation of Timorese doctors (2011)”

La medicina social en Timor Oriental (2010)

“Medicina social”, un concept con un desarrollo notable en América Latina Social, promovido por Salvador Allende en los años 30s del siglo pasado, vincula un modelo amplio y un ethos de salud pública con procesos de tranformación social. En años recientes, tal influencia ha sido extendida a Timor Oriental por medio de un muy amplio programa cubano de ayuda y formación en salud. El present artículo analisa hasta qué punto se puede estar desarrollando una medicina social endógena en Timor Oriental. Continue reading “La medicina social en Timor Oriental (2010)”

Social medicine in East Timor (2010)

“Social medicine”, a Latin American concept, notably developed by Salvador Allende in the 1930s, links up a broader model and ethos of public health with processes of social transformation. In recent years that influence has spread to Timor Leste, through a very large Cuban health cooperation and training program. This paper considers to what extent an endogenous “social medicine” might be developing in Timor Leste. Such a development would require transition away from the existing small, private clinic based model. Continue reading “Social medicine in East Timor (2010)”

Melanesian customary land and hybrid livelihoods (2010)

Community land was at the root of indigenous survival and social relations until colonial regimes enforced dispossession. Yet, as if by an accident of history, the countries of Melanesia (and particularly Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu) largely escaped this fate. To this day, the great majority of land in these countries is still held by communities and families under a customary law which is neither written down nor centrally registered. Continue reading “Melanesian customary land and hybrid livelihoods (2010)”

The First Group / Los Primeros (2010)

Cuba has been training over 900 medical students from Timor Leste. In September 2010, the first group of eighteen graduated as doctors. Continue reading “The First Group / Los Primeros (2010)”

The petroleum fund and development strategy in Timor Leste (2010)

The paper takes a political economy approach, which combines financial and developmental analysis with economic and institutional context. The aim of Part A is to clarify reform options proposed for the Fund, along with relevant considerations. The aim of Part B is to analyse development strategy, including use of Fund revenues, and the implications. Continue reading “The petroleum fund and development strategy in Timor Leste (2010)”

Farewell to Timor Leste: Cuban doctors return home (2010)

Interviews with two Cuban doctors who are returning home after two years living and teaching in Timor Leste. Continue reading “Farewell to Timor Leste: Cuban doctors return home (2010)”

Land reform in Timor Leste: Why the constitution is worth defending (2010)

International aid agencies have moved into the land debate in Timor Leste, at a time when controversy rages over proposed leases of large tracts of land to foreign biofuel companies and a proposed new land law. The leases, and their potential alienation of agricultural land, were initiated in the middle of a serious food crisis, when the AMP government was financing a number of private contracts for rice import and distribution – themselves subject to corruption claims. Continue reading “Land reform in Timor Leste: Why the constitution is worth defending (2010)”