While there are no specific culture-based urban regeneration strategies currently being implemented in Dili (Timor-Leste), several laws hold the potential for future interventions. Government Resolution 24/2009, which approved the National Culture Policy, calls for the preservation of Timor-Leste’s prehistoric history and Portuguese architectural heritage; the creation of a national library, school of music, fine arts school, and national museum; the inclusion of culture and arts in school curriculum; and the development of a digital inventory of archaeological, architectural, anthropological and ethnographic heritage, as well as music, dance and other cultural expressions. Similarly, Timor-Leste’s current 2011─2030 Development Strategic Plan stipulates that Dili should reflect the presence of diverse cultural influences to increase the city's attractiveness to tourism.
However, implementing these policies represents a significant challenge, particularly as the city struggles to provide basic services and infrastructure to its rapidly-growing population. Internal migration brings more than 7,000 people to Dili each year, placing considerable pressure on the small-sized city to manage the steep influx of people, the increases in rapid and inadequate construction and informal settlements, and with limited resources.
Source: Coimbra University, report for Study Area 6