The inaugural Harold Mitchell Development Policy Annual Lecture: Timor-Leste and the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States

Development Policy Centre

Event details

Public Lecture

Date & time

Thursday 22 November 2012


Molonglo Theatre, J G Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Emilia Pires and Harold Mitchell AC


Amelia Bidgood
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Timor-Leste, which gained its independence in 2002, is one of the
world’s youngest countries. Born out of a history of violence and
poverty, in recent years Timor-Leste has experienced both social
stability and rapid growth, and its development prospects have
strengthened considerably.

Timor-Leste has also been a pioneer in establishing the g7+, a group
of 17 fragile states, which was formed in 2010 as a country-owned
and country-led global mechanism to monitor, report and draw
attention to the unique challenges faced by fragile states. The New
Deal for Engagement in Fragile States represents the first time in
history that conflict-afflicted states have taken the lead in designing an aid architecture for and by themselves.

The Harold Mitchell Development Policy Annual Lecture Series, of which this is the first, has been created to provide a new forum at which the most pressing development issues can be addressed by the best minds and most influential practitioners of our time.

Emilia Pires has been Finance Minister of Timor-Leste since April 2007. She is the founding chair of the g7+,and a member of the High-level Panel advising the United Nations Secretary-General on the post 2015 global development agenda.

Harold Mitchell AC is founder of the Harold Mitchell Foundation and Chairman, Aegis Media, Australia and NewZealand. He will inaugurate the lecture series.

This event with be hosted by Professor Ian Young AO, ANU Vice-Chancellor; Professor Andrew MacIntyre, Dean,College of Asia and the Pacific; Professor Tom Kompas, Director, Crawford School of Public Policy; and ProfessorStephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre.

This seminar is presented by the Development Policy Centre at the Crawford School of Public Policy.

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