Timor-Leste: Why Water Is More Important Than Oil

Timor-Leste: Why Water Is More Important Than Oil

It’s a time of immense change for one of the world’s youngest nation-states: Timor-Leste, which gained independence on May 20, 2002. Timor-Leste faces multiple social, political, and development challenges in a post-conflict environment at the local, national, and international levels. However, since independence, Timor-Leste has made significant gains by using its petroleum fund—the country has rich offshore oil and gas resources—to meet pressing development and infrastructure needs. Timor-Leste has made…