Activism and Aid : Young Citizens' Experiences of Development and Democracy in Timorleste, Paperback / softback Book

Activism and Aid : Young Citizens' Experiences of Development and Democracy in Timorleste Paperback / softback


Timor-Lestes independence was forged at a time international developmental theory had rejected top down approaches and recognised the importance of participatory approaches informing developmental strategies.

When the arrival of the United Nations and a multitude of bilateral and multilateral and non-government organisations arrived in Timor-Leste in 1999 it was hoped that the international intervention would at last produce a development success story.

Independence also brought the realisation that dreams for an independent Timor-Leste varied, often according to their generation.

Three generations of Timorese: the political elite, a younger generation of independence activists (gerasaun foun) and todays youth of independent Timor-Leste, each bring their own experiences and face different challenges in Timor-Leste.

Today stark contrasts between the values of customary life and those of the modernising world place both community leaders and young Timorese at a crossroads.

The experiences of the Timorese are unique, but this book reflects a broader analysis about how aid influenced processes of development can work in greater harmony with the people to realise their own visions of the future of the nation.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Monash University Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Political structure & processes
  • ISBN: 9780980510874



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