In February 2013, the World Bank Group approved its first Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Timor-Leste. This strategy, developed in consultation with various stakeholders, governs the World Bank Group’s program for the fiscal year of 2013-2017.
The CPS is structured around three strategic areas and one crosscutting theme which are:
Improving the Management and Delivery of Services in Education, Health and Nutrition, and Social Protection. The World Bank Group will help build the capacity of the government to deliver services to create an educated, healthy, employable and less vulnerable population. In particular, the Bank will focus on supporting decentralized service delivery in health and education, and improving the targeting and impact of social protection programs.
Building Core Infrastructure to Connect Communities to Markets. This strategic area will develop core infrastructure to enhance access to services, employment, and markets, and to facilitate efficient and reduced-cost movement of people and goods. Support in this area will include lending, technical assistance, and IFC investment and advisory services, and will set the stage for public-private partnerships for major infrastructure.
Supporting Economic Development for a Non-Oil Economy. The World Bank Group will assist Timor-Leste to build the foundations for a non-oil economy that can eradicate poverty, create jobs, and improve livelihoods. It will emphasize development of a productive agriculture sector, and support to private investment and reduced transaction costs for business, including for tourism. Interventions on the ground will focus on districts crossed by the road corridor to maximize the economic impact of the road and to demonstrate a more integrated path for rural development.
Strengthening Institutions for Quality of Spending. This cross-cutting theme will focus on strengthening institutions to improve the quality of spending, both across government and in the specific sectors addressed by this CPS. All activities in the CPS will contribute, directly or indirectly, to improving the quality of spending of government ministries. Through improvements in institutional capacity, the Bank will support the government to efficiently execute its substantial capital investment, improve the quality of planning through better use of data, and strengthen systems to prepare for budget support in subsequent CPS periods.