El papel de los aliados para el desarrollo en respuesta a la pandemia de Covid-19 en Timor Leste




Palabras clave:

Asia; Timor oriental´, Asociación para el desarrollo, Ayuda internacional, Apoyo de donantes


The Covid-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges

around the world and Timor-Leste is no exception. Despite volatile

economic performance, consistent low levels of health spending, and

bureaucratic fragility associated with young democratic institutions,

Timor-Leste is one of the few nations that has mitigated the virus

effectively. We consider the first-hand accounts of healthcare and NGO

workers, community leaders, and Ministry of Health officials

responding to the Covid-19 pandemic in assessing the effectiveness of

‘South-South’ development partnerships and co-operation. Our analysis

of interview data collected during April and May show that Timor-

Leste’s success in responding to the pandemic is a product of the

continuing efforts of genuine partnerships and international aid. We

argue that despite criticism of the development effectiveness agenda

following the 2011 Busan Forum, on-the-ground accounts in Timor-Leste

display the value of unconditional partnerships, mutually defined goals,

and development cooperation in combatting the pandemic. This research

contributes to the literature on development effectiveness and is the first of its kind

characterising the Timorese response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, University of Glasgow, Universidad de Valladolid


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Valero-Matas, J. A., Paksi, A., & Dickson, Z. (2023). El papel de los aliados para el desarrollo en respuesta a la pandemia de Covid-19 en Timor Leste. Cultura De Los Cuidados, 27(67), 136–156. https://doi.org/10.14198/cuid.22911