Good research can lead to positive change for the world’s poorest by enhancing the design and implementation of development policies and programs. That’s why AusAID is committed to an innovative research portfolio and funds research, including through:
- competitive funding mechanisms (such as the AusAID Development Research Awards Scheme)
- research partnerships with different Australian, international and developing country research institutions
- commissioning research to address a specific question or clearly defined research gap
- one-off research grants, when an existing program of research is relevant to the Australian aid program.
For more information on how AusAID funds research generally, please refer to AusAID’s
Some AusAID-funded research specifically targets development challenges in the Pacific and Fiji. Two recent examples are presented below.
A new approach to measuring poverty in the Pacific
Poverty trends, profiles and small area estimation (poverty maps) in Republic of Fiji (2003–2009) is the first report to present district-level estimates of poverty nationally for a country in the Pacific region. It is based on a World Bank poverty mapping method that used the national census and expenditure—instead of reported income—to estimate poverty in each district across Fiji.
The resulting poverty maps clearly show poverty pockets to guide anti-poverty programs so they reach the poor. The report aims to inform national debates, policies and plans for Fiji’s development, including consideration of provincial and district-level needs and priorities. It provides evidence to compare resource allocations with poverty trends, and to inform more efficient and effective policies and programs in areas such as education, remittances, pensions and social assistance. In addition to the detailed poverty maps, the report includes tables and charts that show poverty incidence in Fiji according to different household and individual characteristics, and detailed information on what determines and characterises poverty in Fiji.
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Update on progress to end violence against women in Melanesia and Timor-Leste
TheViolence against Women in Melanesia and Timor-Leste: Progress made since the 2008 Office of Development Effectiveness Report takes stock of AusAID’s work to end violence against women in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and Timor-Leste.
The study highlights noteworthy achievements in developing policies and programs with a human rights and gender focus, expanding the evidence base, and increasing donor funding. Involving men, boys and faith-based groups in prevention has been a major step forward.
The Vanuatu Women’s Centre has published a national study on the prevalence of violence against women and a similar study for Fiji is due to be released in 2012.
Significant advances have been made in expanding women’s access to justice through improved legislation, but implementation of the laws through the judiciary and the police remains weak. Support services for survivors of violence in the region still need improvement.
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Stop Violence: Responding to violence against women in Melanesia and East Timor
Violence Against Women in Melanesia and East Timor: Building on Global and Regional Promising Approaches
Vanuatu National Survey on Women’s Lives and Relationships, May 2011