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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.

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The national HDR preparation process

The theme of this National Human Development Report (National HDR) was initially endorsed by the Council of Ministers of the Sixth Constitutional Government of Timor-Leste in April 2015. The project appraisal committee agreed in a meeting held in May 2016 that the Ministry of Finance, through the General Statistics Directorate and the Secretariat of State for Youth and Sports, was the strategic partner in the endeavour. Ongoing project guidance was provided by a project steering committee, which included representatives from the Office of the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Finance, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.

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