On the 28th of March 2017, the Council of Ministers approved Timor-Leste’s Aid Management Effectiveness Policy. The approval of this document is a pivotal moment in improving the country’s development framework and in establishing a national policy on how official development assistance (ODA) should be delivered to Timor-Leste. The document is anchored on the principles of the New Deal; that is “country-owned, country-led” development. The policy clarifies Timor-Leste’s preferred modalities of assistance and expands upon how the fundamental principles of TRUST and FOCUS should be practiced in Timor-Leste.
The approved policy builds on lessons learned from Timor-Leste’s long history of working with development partners and discussions on improving delivery of aid. In addition, it is informed by international best practices and international commitments, from the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. This policy is the first of its kind since the nation’s independence.
The document was the result of a consultative process and was developed in close coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. The Development Partnership Management Unit (DPMU) first presented the document to the Council of Ministers on March 7th 2017. As a final step, the Acting Minister of Finance, H.E. Helder Lopes, presented the Resolution on the Aid Effectiveness Management Policy to the Council of Ministers on March 28th.
The approved policy highlights the institutional arrangements that can guarantee appropriate consultation of proposed donor programs, by underlining the important roles of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and the Council of Ministers in the formulation of donor programs, in conjunction with partner line ministries.
The government looks forward to full cooperation of development partners in implementing the Aid Management Effectiveness Policy to ensure country ownership, alignment to government programs, harmonization of donor programs, and mutual accountability in the interest of more effectively delivering aid to achieve the goals set out in the Strategic Development Plan and to improve the lives of the people of Timor-Leste.