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Australia supports research on measuring poverty and well-being in Timor-Leste

Australia supports research on measuring poverty and well-being in Timor-Leste

The Office of the President of Timor-Leste today hosted Australian Economics Professor Brett Inder for a public seminar titled "Measuring Poverty and Well Being: their role in guiding development in Timor-Leste".

In opening the seminar, Snr Fidelis Magalhaes (Chief of Staff to the President of Timor-Leste) commented on the importance of this data for preparing government policy.The Australian Government supports Monash University’s Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability to run several economic studies on Timor Leste each year and to present the findings to a Timorese audience.

The first study in 2013/14 looked at the coffee industry and now the second set of research for 2014/15 is focussed on poverty and well-being. The research focused on measuring access to water and sanitation, levels of education, child mortality rates and access to electricity as indicators of poverty. Using these indicators, Professor Inder was able to compare each district in terms of access to services and levels of poverty.

For next year, the Monash team will look at recent employment trends and they will analyse the relationship between the food people grow and their nutritional outcomes.Australia is proud to fund this important research. The data in the report will help the Government of Timor-Leste and civil society with their efforts to improve people’s lives.


Dr Rui Gomes, Economic Adviser at the President’s Office (left).
Professor Brett Inder, Monash University.


Fidelis Magalhaes (left)
Dr Katy Cornwell, researcher from Monash University (middle).
Professor Brett Inder, from Monash University.