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Papua & Timor

East Timor suffers under weight of world plans

Canberra Times,14 April 2001: Under the UN transitional administration, repairs have been made to water and electricity systems, schools have been reopened, courts, a defence force and a police force have been set up and a date has been set for the country’s first elections. But chronic and debilitating shortages raise questions about the efficacy of aid programs, and many observers are concerned about the bureaucracy, expense and paternalism of the UN presence and the appropriateness of the models of development being implemented by the UN in tandem with the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.


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