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Description - Activism and Aid by Anne Wigglesworth

Timor-Lestes independence was forged at a time international developmental theory had rejected top down approaches and recognised the importance of participatory approaches informing developmental strategies. When the arrival of the United Nations and a multitude of bilateral and multilateral and non-government organisations arrived in Timor-Leste in 1999 it was hoped that the international intervention would at last produce a development success story. Independence also brought the realisation that dreams for an independent Timor-Leste varied, often according to their generation. Three generations of Timorese: the political elite, a younger generation of independence activists (gerasaun foun) and todays youth of independent Timor-Leste, each bring their own experiences and face different challenges in Timor-Leste. Today stark contrasts between the values of customary life and those of the modernising world place both community leaders and young Timorese at a crossroads. The experiences of the Timorese are unique, but this book reflects a broader analysis about how aid influenced processes of development can work in greater harmony with the people to realise their own visions of the future of the nation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780980510874
ISBN-10: 0980510872
Format: Paperback
(233mm x 150mm x mm)
Pages: 146
Imprint: Monash University Publishing
Publisher: Monash University Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2016
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Anne Wigglesworth

Ann Wigglesworth has twenty-five years experience in international development, working in Asia, the Pacific, Africa and Latin America, including seven years living in the north of Mozambique. Between 1997 and 2000 she worked for Caritas Australia as Program Manager for East Timor. She works as a consultant in social development and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Monash Asia Institute.