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
- one-off research grants, when an existing program of research is relevant to the Australian aid program.
Cambodia Development Research Institute
Australia has funded the Cambodia Development Research Unit’s ‘Water Resources Management Research Capacity Development Programme’. The programme has three main
objectives: to conduct research and generate high quality data and knowledge on water resources management; to improve water research and management capacity; and to make
available and distribute reliable high quality knowledge and information about water resource management. It covers 10 irrigation schemes in three provinces of Kompong.
The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research / The Cambodia Australia Value Chain Program (CAVAC)
The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research funds a number of research projects through The Cambodia Australia Value Chain Program.
Economic Research on trade facilitation in the Mekong
Australia is supporting infrastructure initiatives to improve economic growth and poverty reduction in the Mekong.
Photo: Jim Holmes/Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Australian funding to infrastructure projects in Cambodia are part of a greater Mekong connectivity initiative to improve local people’s access to markets through
infrastructure and trade reform.
In 2010, Australia commissioned the Centre for International Economics [external website] to produce a report on the economic benefits of increased trade and transport facilitation in the Greater Mekong Subregion to reinforce the
economic case for Australia’s investments in these areas.
The report presents evidence to suggest that economic integration is playing an important role in the dynamic performance of the subregion, but that there is scope to
expand this role by further reducing the costs of cross-border trade and transport. In most countries there is considerable room for improvement in trade and transport
facilitation, and feasible changes could yield significant increases in national incomes.
The evidence suggests that complementing infrastructure investments with procedural reforms to reduce costs and delays of cross-border trade could bring about sizeable
CSIRO Mekong Futures
The Exploring Mekong Region Futures project [external website] aims to improve the sustainability of the
Mekong Region by investigating the complex relationships between the production, distribution, and use of energy, food and water of the region.
The project focuses on the dynamic interactions that occur between the management of food, energy and water at local and regional scales.
Changes in countries in the Mekong region are shaped by factors such as cross-border investment flows, climate change, rapid land use change and urbanisation, and
Understanding this connectivity of the Mekong region requires both local and regional studies.
Challenge Program on Water and Food Mekong Basin Challenge, and the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol
The Australian Mekong Water Resources Program is funding research by the Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF)
[external website] to improve decision-making processes on hydropower development. The research program commenced in 2011 and will start demonstrating results by
Through the CPWF and its partner the Mekong Program on Water, Environment and Resilience, Australia has also funded the development and application of a hydropower
sustainability assessment protocol in the Greater Mekong Subregion.