AusAID funds research in the Pacific in support of its regional program.
Asia and Pacific Policy Studies 2011-2015
The Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies (APPS) is a partnership with the Australian National University to improve scholarship and research on South East Asia and the Pacific.
The outputs of this initiative will be:
- a high quality journal, which will publish, disseminate and strengthen policy-related research on development in South East Asia and the Pacific, with a focus on economics and governance
- dissemination and outreach activities, which will enhance networks for the conduct and application of research about development in South East Asia and the Pacific
- Pacific Research Partnerships, to build the capacity of Pacific scholars in research, writing successful research funding proposals and publishing and presenting academic papers of a standard for publication in the APPS.
Research for the Pacific Infrastructure Advisory Centre
This contract supports the funding of the Pacific Infrastructure Advisory Centre, the technical arm of the multi-donor funded Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility to engage in three major research activities:
- Benchmarking of Pacific Power Utilities
- Pacific Infrastructure Performance Indicators
- Linking Infrastructure planning with national budget processes in Pacific Island Countries
Capacity training for sustainable urban water management in Vanuatu
This activity will support a series of workshops in Port Vila to develop a unified vision for Port Vila's urban water system in the future. This project includes analysis of demographic, social, economic and environmental factors to develop a road map and policy framework for improved urban water management. A report documenting the current state of Port Vila's water system and developing a vision of urban water management into the future produced at the 2nd workshop will form the basis of a peer-reviewed paper to be presented at the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association Conference. This work will also feed into future research projects between Monash University and Government of Vanuatu.
2012 Flood rehabilitation pilot project
This activity supports a range of mitigation activities in response to the 2012 flooding in Fiji. The disaster preparedness component of this project includes research and bulking of seeds. In particular assessment of:
pre-harvest fungicides applied post disaster, for the control of disease
- post-harvest treatments
- methods to control fruit sunburn cause by defoliation.
Research into financing Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET) in the Pacific
This research aims to provide an analysis of the existing systems for financing technical vocational education and training (TVET) in seven Pacific countries, and identify common financing issues and options to make financing the TVET sub-sector more efficient and effective.
The study will be used to generate new knowledge about the costs and financing of post-secondary TVET in the Pacific that will be used by Pacific Island governments to inform policy, planning and budgeting, as well as by donors to inform investment decisions and country programming.
Research for the Australian Sports Outreach Program
The Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP) is a partnership with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC). ASC has engaged a research consortium, Sustineo, to conduct a comprehensive 3-year research and monitoring evaluation initiative to assess the contribution of ASOP to the Pacific; to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation frameworks of ASOP in the Pacific; and to provide policy makers with evidence-based lessons and policy advice to further improve development-through-sport investment in the Pacific.
State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program
Core research funding to the State, Society, and Governance in Melanesia Program (SSGM) at the Australian National University. The funding supports mutually agreed research topics and outputs in four priority areas of:
- politics, leadership and governance
- conflict, justice and peace-building
- poverty, livelihoods and rural development
- gender and social change.
The outputs include high-quality relevant research to inform government policies and programs in Pacific Island countries; innovative communication strategies to maximise uptake of research into policy, such as short policy briefs; and activities that build capacity of local researchers from the Pacific region.
Pacific Institute for Public Policy
Core funding to The Pacific Institute of Public Policy (PiPP) to support the think tank to stimulate and support informed policy debate in the Pacific.
Central to PiPP's model of engagement with policy stakeholders is research communications. They draw out practical applications from research findings that can advance national development programs. Information is shared using innovative, people-centred communication processes. Written material is published in user-relevant formats and languages, and complemented using other media including audio and video podcasts, discussion forums, social networking, press, radio and television.