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)”

Cuban health cooperation in Timor Leste and the Southwest Pacific (2010)

Cuban doctors and their large-scale medical training program came to Timor Leste in 2004, then to Kiribati, Nauru, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands over 2006-2008. By its size and focus, this ‘South-south’ program, more than any other, is transforming the health systems of those island nations. Cuba’s ‘solidarity aid’ in health and education is famous in Africa and Latin America, but only more recently spread to the Southwest Pacific. Continue reading “Cuban health cooperation in Timor Leste and the Southwest Pacific (2010)”

The Pacific School of Medicine in Cuba (2009)

Interviews with students from Timor Leste, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Nauru who are studying at the Pacific School of Medicine in Cuba. Continue reading “The Pacific School of Medicine in Cuba (2009)”

Solidarity aid: The Cuba-Timor Leste health programme (2008)

This paper considers distinct views of ‘capacity building’ in health aid, using the example of the largest health aid programme in the Asia-Pacific region, the Cuba-Timor Leste health cooperation. By 2008 there were 300 Cuban health workers in Timor Leste, while 850 Timorese students were studying medicine with Cuban trainers. The paper contrasts ‘big money’ neoliberal notions of aid with Cuban notions of solidarity amongst peoples and investment in human resources. Continue reading “Solidarity aid: The Cuba-Timor Leste health programme (2008)”

The Doctors of Tomorrow / Los Medicos de Mañana (2008)

In 2003, Timor Leste and Cuba began a health cooperation program. By 2008, this included 300 Cuban health workers and 850 East Timorese students. This film is about those students. Continue reading “The Doctors of Tomorrow / Los Medicos de Mañana (2008)”

Australia’s regional interventions: The antinomies of ‘good governance’ (2007)

This paper examines the antinomies of Australian ‘good governance’: the logical nonsense of regional coerced democracy and carefully tutored economic ‘best practice’. The tension between intervention and independence in the region – particularly with respect to the recent experience of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Timor Leste – is apparent in the recent Australian regional assistance missions and largely self-serving ‘good governance’ aid programs. Continue reading “Australia’s regional interventions: The antinomies of ‘good governance’ (2007)”

Timor Leste: The second Australian intervention (2006)

Two stories are in circulation over the second Australian intervention in Timor Leste (East Timor). The first has it that the small, newly independent country, beset with leadership and ethnic divisions, and led by an arrogant and even despotic Prime Minister, out of touch with the people, called once again on Australian assistance to avoid collapse into a ‘failed state’. Continue reading “Timor Leste: The second Australian intervention (2006)”