2021, Report
CLIMATE CHANGE AND TOURISM IN TIMOR-LESTE: THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW
A CALL FOR ACTION TO RESPOND TO THE CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGE FACING TIMOR-LESTE TOURISM |

Photo c. Wayne Lovell 

Prior to the global COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, tourism was growing steadily across the Southeast Asia region (ASEAN) and the world. Undoubtedly, COVID-19 will affect the volume and profitability of the sector in the short term. The silver lining of this crisis is that the industry has an opportunity to ‘build back better’ and establish a more sustainable modus operandi. 

Given tourism’s important role as a creator of jobs, booster of economies and contributor to the fight against global poverty; and in the face of the projected increase in travelers in coming years, there exists a real need for the sector to urgently act to adopt policies which will ensure that the sector is developed responsibly and sustainably, using the ‘quadruple bottom line’ approach of environmental, social, economic and climate responsiveness. This paper will consider all of these sustainability elements, but specifically focus on how to respond to impending climate change challenge.

2015, Report
Timor-Leste Economic Diversification Analysis
Candlenut, Mobile Finance Market & Tourism Assessments | LEO Report #20

Less than two decades after achieving its independence, Timor-Leste is grappling to secure its place in the regional and global economy, while stabilizing the livelihoods of its populace. The recent petroleum discovery brings new wealth and opportunity but also demands caution in managing the resources for long term sustainability. To address this, the government has undertaken broad efforts includng building its admistrative and regulatory capacity, creating social support programs and deploying widespread infrastructure upgrades and diversifying its economy.
This assessment informs USAID/Timor-Leste on the opportunities presented by candlenut exports, tourism, and mobile banking to support economic growth and diversification in the country. While the candlenut and tourism sectors examine both the domestic factors and international expansion, mobile banking was examined as an economy-wide financial service, as well as a conduit for financial inclusion for under-served populations.

Organisations: United States Agency for International Development

Authors: Megan O’Donnell and Amancio Bruno (Mobile Banking), Adam Sendall and Luis Gusmão (Candle­ nut), Robert Travers and Jinky Comon (Tourism)