National Human Development Report 2018 - Timor-Leste

Planning the Opportunities for a Youthful Population

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World leaders are increasingly acknowledging that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) alone cannot provide a full picture of a country’s progress. Enhancing human development and wellbeing requires people accessing the opportunities and means to live healthy, happy and satisfactory lives. The highly innovative 4th National Human Development Report for Timor-Leste puts the well-being of young people, three quarters of the country’s population, at the center of the development agenda. By measuring the subjective well-being of youth aged 15 to 34 across eight aspects of life based on a nation-wide survey, this report provides an excellent opportunity for decision makers to implement targeted policies and strategic investments based on an in-depth understanding of youth’s aspirations, attitudes and behaviors.



Message from the Prime Minister

It is my pleasure and honour to introduce the Timor-Leste National Human Development Report 2018, with the theme of “Providing Opportunities for a Youthful Population”. This is the 4th National Human Development Report since the restoration of our independence in 2002 and it states the simple yet powerful idea that the youth of Timor-Leste are the real wealth of our nation and the engines of sustainable development. Hence, their well-being is pivotal for the prosperity and progress of our country.


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