2007, Policy Papers Prospects for the Establishment of a Community-Based Tourism Network in Timor-Leste |
The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste is a fledgling nation which became independent only in 2002, and is among the least developed Small Island Developing States. Timor-Leste (also known as East Timor) is located on the east part of Timor Island. The western part of the island forms part of Indonesia’s province of Nusa Tenggara Timur. Timor Island is located 640 km northwest of Darwin, Australia, and is a part of the Lesser Sunda Archipelago (CIA 2010). While figures from the CIA World Factbook (2010) record rapid GDP growth, absolute numbers are still low. A United Nations Human Development report ranks Timor-Leste 120th out of 169 ranked countries in its Human Development Index, which is based on life expectancy, adult literacy, education enrolment rate and GDP per capita (UNDP 2011).
Organisations: TLSA Conference Authors: Denis Tolkach, Brian King and Michael Pearlman