Activism and Aid: Young Citizens Experiences of Development and Democracy in East Timor
Activism and Aid: Young Citizens’ Experiences of Development and Democracy in East Timor
By Ann Wigglesworth
‘An immensely readable and insightful glimpse into the experiences, concerns and aspirations of Timor-Leste's youth, charting their course from student activists to nation builders, from the fight for national liberation to the battle for participation in governance structures and aid and development programs. I strongly recommend this book to anyone wanting a snapshot of the principal challenges facing Timor-Leste today in its quest to build a strong, stable and equitable nation … for all citizens, young and old’.
— Kirsty Sword Gusmão
Chair, Alola Foundation and Goodwill Ambassador for Education of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
Activism and Aid was launched by Pat Walsh, Human Rights Advocate and author, AM, OTL on 17 March 2016. Read Pat Walsh's full launch speech.
Timor-Leste’s 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 today’s 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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