Research funded by AusAID’s Kiribati country program targets the country’s specific development challenges. Research is also carried out on a regional level. Some of the highlights are listed below.
Micro-simulation analysis of
social protection interventions in
Pacific island countries (2012)
Pacific island countries have varying social protection systems, both formal and traditional. These systems are important in supporting the most vulnerable members of society and those affected by personal and natural disasters.
In the Pacific islands, social protection has typically been an area of low government involvement. Knowledge about formal social protection in the region is limited, and there have been no studies on the impact of such schemes on poverty, human development and economic growth.
This research looks at poverty, vulnerability and social protection across the dimensions of health and education, gender, social cohesion, economic growth, and traditional protection networks. It is based on case studies in four Pacific island countries: Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
Read the Micro-simulation analysis of social protection interventions in Pacific Island countries report
Australia’s Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme: Development Impacts in the First Two Years (2011)
Australia launched the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme in August 2008. The program was designed to alleviate labour shortages for the Australian horticultural industry by providing opportunities for workers from Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, and Vanuatu to undertake seasonal work. This paper presents an analysis of the development impacts of this program in the first two years, and compares them to those from New Zealand’s seasonal worker program in the same countries.
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The research examines Pacific seasonal workers’ employment experience, remittances, and training to determine how effective a seasonal worker program is in contributing to economic development in home countries.
In addition to providing an initial assessment of development impact, this research project develops a base line for future evaluation and analysis.
Kiribati Family Health and Support Study (2010)
This report is the first ever nationally representative piece of research on violence against women and related child abuse in Kiribati. The study replicates the World Health Organization’s multi-country study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women.
It was designed to:
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- estimate the prevalence of physical, sexual and emotional violence against women, with particular emphasis on violence by intimate partners;
- assess the association of partner violence with a range of health outcomes;
- identify factors that may either protect or put women at risk of partner violence;
- document the strategies and services that women use to cope with violence by an intimate partner; and
- assess the association of partner violence with abuse against children.