Since the security crisis of 2006â€“07, the East Timorese government has increasingly relied upon cash payment schemes to mitigate further conflict and to provide a form of social security. A series of schemes have provided payments to different groups, including: people displaced by the crisis, the military officers that helped inflame the crisis, the elderly and disabled, and female-headed households with school-aged children. By far the most significant â€” and expensive â€” scheme provides pensions to veterans of the resistance struggle against the Indonesian occupation. This paper highlights who is benefiting from the veteransâ€™ pension scheme and who is missing out, and examines some of the potential long-term ramifications.
|Publication status||Published - 2014|