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 we are 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 institutions
- commissioning research to address a specific question or clearly defined research
- one-off research grants, when an existing program of research is relevant to the
Australian aid program.
More information on how we fund research
Research funded by Australian Aid targets some of Bangladesh’s most important development challenges, such as maternal and child health, education and
climate change. Some of the highlights of this research are listed below.
Australia-SAARC Agricultural Research and Training Project
This project promotes food security through improved water productivity in the South Asian countries of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bhutan.
Partnering with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), it will fund in-country research and trials, including targeting gender-
inequality in the agricultural sector, and build research capacity in these countries through training researchers in analysis and modelling techniques.
More information is available on the ACIAR [external link] website.
Core support to International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh
Australia’s support for the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) funds research aligned to the Centre's strategic plan,
including support for health systems strengthening, research on women's and child health and disease surveillance to improve disease management. Australia is
one of five donors providing core funding to support the Centre's operational needs, capacity building, advocacy and policy development.
More information is available on the ICDDR,B [external
From microfinance to rural credit: evidence from a panel survey and field experiments in Bangladesh
This research, conducted by the University of Sydney, explores the role that the interaction between formal and informal rural credit providers can play in
improving access to finance and incomes for rural populations in Bangladesh. The study uses randomised field experiments to evaluate alternative microfinance
mechanisms that can be used to extend credit to currently excluded rural households.
Managing community impacts of climate change in India and Bangladesh
This Monash University projects aims to identify measures to improve community resilience and sustainable livelihood systems in the Gangetic Basin (India and
Bangladesh) in response to climate change. A comparative analysis of case study communities will be undertaken, and particular attention will be paid to the
role of women and children in vulnerable communities, relative to likely climate impacts.
More information is available on the Monash University
[external link] website.
Improvement of maternal and neonatal health by operationalising an integrated evidence-based intervention package through strengthening of health system in
In partnership with the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, this Australian Development Research Award-supported project aims
to test the effectiveness of an integrated evidence-based intervention in a target district to increase skilled birth attendance, decrease neonatal mortality,
increase met need for obstetric care and to improve quality of care.
More information is available on the ICDDR,B [external link] website.
International Drowning Research Centre, Bangladesh
This funding to the Royal Life Saving Society established an International Drowning Research Centre, and implemented a program of operational research
focused on developing a drowning prevention strategy for application in Bangladesh and countries with similar social, cultural and risk environments.
More information is available on the Global Drowning Fund Australia [external link]