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 Australia is committed to an innovative research portfolio and funds research, including through:
competitive funding mechanisms (such as the
Australian Development Research Awards)
- research partnerships with different Australian, international and developing country research institutions
- commissioning research to address a specific question or clearly defined research gap, and
- one-off research grants, when an existing program of research is relevant to the Australian aid program.
More information on how Australian aid funds research
Research into trends and developments in mine action is vital for assessing progress and guiding future approaches and priorities. Australia supports the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) to undertake applied research in mine action. Australia also supports the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) to provide research and monitoring on landmines and cluster munitions.
Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining
The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) is an international expert organisation that works for the elimination of mines, explosive remnants of war and other explosive hazards. The GICHD provides advice and capacity building support, undertakes applied research, disseminates knowledge and best practices and develops standards. It supports countries to plan, coordinate, implement, monitor and evaluation mine action programs and to implement relevant instruments of humanitarian law. Australia is supporting the GICHD to undertake Mine Action Research and Evaluation. Australia’s support is enabling the GICHD to undertake priority mine action research including in land release, international mine action standards, mine action contracting, liability and insurance workshops, victim assistance in the context of disarmament, disability and development and metal detector technology.
More information about the GICHD (external website)
Landmine and Cluster Munition monitors
Australia supports the Cluster Munition Coalition and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines to provide research and monitoring on landmines and cluster munitions. The research is disseminated through annual publications of the Landmine and Cluster Munitions Monitor. The publications cover developments in mine ban policy, use production, trade, stockpiling and also includes information and trends in contamination, clearance, victim assistance and support for mine action.
More information on the Landmine and Cluster Munitions monitors
Below left: 2011 edition of the Landmine Monitor showing how a woman’s journey to gather forest products in the Democratic Republic of the Congo takes her along a safe path recently cleared of mines while clearance continues in the surrounding areas. Cover photo: Gwenn Dubourthoumieu, UNMACC
Below right: 2011 Edition of the Cluster Munition Monitor showing two cluster submunitions which hit the home of a Libyan businessman in April 2011.
Cover photo: Andre’ Liohn, Human Rights Watch