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 Australian Aid is committed to an innovative research
portfolio and funds research, including through:
- competitive funding mechanisms (such as the Australian Development
Research Awards Scheme)
- research partnerships with different Australian, international and developing country research
- 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
For more information on how Australian Aid funds research generally, please refer to the
Some of our 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.
Click here [external link] to download a copy of this publication.
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 Australian Aid’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.
Click here to download a copy of this
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