Previous Australian Development Research Award Scheme winners

Research material and findings produced through Australian Development Research Awards Scheme projects, including journal articles, conference papers and policy briefs can be accessed on the individual development priority pages at the left of this page.

Title Summary Research organisation Duration Funds
Economic costs of disability-related stigma in Vietnam: implications for disability-inclusive and poverty reduction policies This research evaluates the economic and human development impacts of disability related stigma on individuals, households and society in Vietnam looking particularly at education, health and the labour market. The project also aims to build the research capacity of relevant government and civil society groups working on disability in Vietnam. Institute for Social Development Studies 2009–2011 $554,017
Improving access for people with disability through inclusive infrastructure development in rural and urban PNG This research examines how the needs and views of people with disabilities can best be incorporated into infrastructure planning and evaluation in Papua New Guinea to ensure greater access to social services and economic opportunities. Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne 2009–2011 $417,803
Economic shocks: reducing vulnerability and increasing resilience in the Pacific This project looks at impacts of economic crises including fuel and food prices on households, including a focus on women and youth. Through identifying households at greatest risk of falling further into poverty from these pressures and ways of coping can best protect their livelihoods, the research will assist in the targeting of poverty reduction policies and programs.   RMIT University 2009–2011 $394,349
Coffee, poverty and economic development in East Timor This project will examine the economic and social impacts of the coffee industry in Timor-Leste. It will look at the economic and social well being of coffee growing households and districts (particularly women and children), highlighting factors that affect ability to move out of poverty.  Monash University 2009–2011 $355,000
Simulating the distributive impacts of different growth strategies This research uses household level information to produce a model that can be used to predict likely impacts of different strategies for economic growth on the poor and the level of inequality between different income groups in developing countries. University of Laval 2010–2012 $420,000
Impact of decentralisation on public goods provision, participation and development in Indonesia This research explores the effect of decentralisation on the provision of public goods and services in Indonesia and the impacts of this on household poverty. University of Western Australia 2010–2012 $377,478
Growth dynamics in the Greater Mekong: assets, geography and markets (ARC Linkage) This research explores the role of asset ownership, social networks and access to markets in driving growth and poverty reduction at a household and small area level in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam through analysing data from household surveys undertaken over time.  University of Sydney 2010–2013 $285,500
Inclusive growth through microfinance and entrepreneurial training: an impact study This rigorous impact evaluation will assess the affects of access to financial services and business training by women in Tamil Nadu on a range of socio-economic outcomes such as savings, consumption, education, gender based violence and household decision making.  Centre for Microfinance, Institute for Financial Management & Research 2010–2012 $565,876
From microfinance to rural credit: evidence from a panel survey and field experiments in Bangladesh This research explores the role that the number of and interaction between formal and informal rural credit providers can play to improve access to finance and incomes for rural populations in Bangladesh.  University of Sydney 2010–2012 $385,072
Market failure and optimal design of agricultural micro-insurance: overcoming information problems and understanding informal linkages This research looks at different types of insurance that farmers in rural Philippines can access and the effect that different designs of these schemes have on productivity, assets and incomes,  Innovations for Poverty Action 2010–2011 $218,900
Measuring gender equality outcomes of economic growth in the Pacific: working with communities to develop indicators that monitor change This project will identify community-based indicators of gender equality to be used for determining aid effectiveness in local economies of the Pacific. University of Western Sydney 2010–2011 $241,688
Triple jeopardy: gender-based violence, disability, rights violations and access to related services among women in Cambodia This research project investigates Gender Based Violence amongst women with disabilities (WWDs) in Cambodia. It assesses whether current policies and programs are exclusionary and explores how to strengthen existing programs and support for these women.  Monash University 2010–2011 $392,798
Scaling Up Aid and the Millennium Development Goals in the Pacific: Absorptive Capacity, Sustainability and Efficiency With the increase in development assistance to the Pacific, a region made up of small island and fragile states, this explores how to minimise burden and maximise effectiveness of this increased aid. RMIT University 2009–2011 $330,590
Integrating participatory disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation to enhance community resilience in the Pacific: case studies from Fiji and Samoa Research uses case studies in Fiji and Samoa to explore how best to gain community involvement in initiatives that address climate change and disaster. It explores how to maximise efforts to increase community resilience to impacts of disasters and climate change, writing guidelines for practitioners from the results.  University of New South Wales 2009 $98,939
Analysis of the impact of international aid in rehabilitation in South East Asia, with a focus on prosthetics and orthotics This research considers how donor   investment in prosthetics and orthotics training and services in Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam can better lead to efficient and sustainable service provision to improve physical outcomes for individuals after injury or disease  La Trobe University 2009 $45,679
An efficient means of measuring the effectiveness of development activities which target or include people with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific – testing a toolkit This research will assess the prevalence and participation of people with disabilities in Bangladesh and Fiji and develop and test a framework that can be applied to get disability disaggregated information on the impacts of relevant development initiatives. The Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne 2009–2011 $315,569
Socio-cultural attitudes to disability in the Solomon Islands: Identifying culturally appropriate solutions to disadvantage (ARC Linkage) Using experiences of daily life and access to services at a village level this research looks at how disability is perceived by communities in the Solomon Islands how this should influence policy development relevant to those with disabilities. Monash University 2010–2011 $256,596
Measuring the Economic Benefit of Better Local Economic Governance in Indonesia This research examines the high variation in economic performance of Indonesia’s districts since decentralisation and the role that the quality of economic governance plays and therefore the returns to supporting capacity in this area  Institute of Development Studies 2009 $158,409
Identifying Barriers to Entry to the Organic Mango Export Market for Small-Scale Farmers in the Philippines: Qualitative Data Gathering for Future Field Experiments This research examines the barriers faced by small-scale farmers in the Philippines in gaining entry to the organic mango export market to improve incomes Innovations for Poverty Action 2009 $79,543
Trade Reforms in Indonesia: The Effects on Skills Formation, Wage Inequality and Economic Growth This research looks at the impacts of recent changes to trade, foreign investment and skilled labour markets on economic growth and income inequality in Indonesia University of Western Australia 2009–2011 $211,948
Targeting the Poor with Microfinance: Testing Strategies for Enrolling Poor Households in the Philippines Where microfinance has sometimes been criticised for not reaching the poorest groups in society, this research looks at how technology and incentives for loan officers can be used to improve benefits of microfinance to poor households in the Philippines Innovations for Poverty Action 2009–2011 $687,614
Determining and Forecasting Drivers of Private Remittances: Helping South Pacific Nations to Stay in the Black This research uses information on who and what drives remittances to Pacific Island countries to look at how this important source of income to these countries might change into the future Queensland University of Technology 2009–2010 $102,673
Microfinance Beyond Group Lending: An experimental approach This project will address the problems of moral hazard and adverse selection when making individual loans. It uses economic experiments to design and analyse innovative alternative lending contracts that address issues of informational asymmetry. Monash University 2009–2011 $610,657
Investigating the drivers of corporate social responsibility within China’s inbound tourism supply chain This research will identify key drivers of corporate social responsibility within China's tourism supply chain.  University of Wollongong/University of Canberra 2009 $78,253
Creative Industries, Development and Timor-Leste: A Case Educational Innovation This project examines how to include existing cultural practices of the performing, visual and creative arts sectors in Timor-Leste in a 'cultural industries' vocational institution. Griffith University 2009–2011 $242,224
Randomised cluster control trial evaluating the impact of an Early Childhood Education and Development initiative across Indonesia This research evaluates the impact of an Early Child Education and Development (ECED) project conducted by the Gov of Indonesia via a US$12 million World Bank loan. Curtin University of Technology 2009–2011 $593,700
Identifying strategies to sustain professional learning communities for teachers in remote primary schools in Papua New Guinea The research examines the major needs of professional learning for teachers in remote primary schools in PNG and the key policy and operational directions to build and sustain successful professional learning communities. University of Queensland 2009–2011 $338,149
Evaluating the Connections and Contributions of Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments to Adaptation Strategies in the Health and Water Sectors: A Three-Country Study in the Asia-Pacific region This study explores the impacts of climate related vulnerability assessments on adaptation policy and practice in the health & water sectors in the Asia–Pacific region Australian National University 2009–2011 $295,299
Poverty Alleviation, Mangrove Conservation and Climate Change: Carbon Offsets as Payments for Mangrove Ecosystem Services in Solomon Islands This project explores trading voluntary carbon credit offsets on mangrove carbon sequestration in  Solomon Islands. The conservation of mangroves may play an important role in climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing countries.One goal is to determine an appropriate mechanism for reimbursement of revenues. WorldFish Centre 2009–2011 $464,859
Effects of climate change on major vector borne diseases in Bangladesh This research will investigate the trend of malaria, dengue, and visceral leishmaniasis (VL) occurrences in endemic areas in Bangladesh over the past 20yrs. It will analyse whether changes in climatic conditions influence have influenced these disease trends. International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh 2009 $104,329
Applying innovative sustainability science to develop effective climate change adaptation policies and strategies for the South Pacific Island tourism sector to protect and grow local livelihoods Within Pacific Island economies the linkages between climate change vulnerability assessment, tourism policy and local livelihoods will be explored. Victoria University 2009–2011 $392,625
Assessing the cost-effectiveness and sustainability of sanitation infrastructure options for peri-urban areas—a Case Study of Can Tho, Vietnam This research investigates the relative cost effectiveness & sustainability of sanitation infrastructure options for unserved low-income peri-urban areas in Vietnam. University of Technology, Sydney 2009–2010 $134,250
Crafting sustainability: addressing water pollution in Vietnam’s craft villages This research looks at how community-based approaches to water pollution in Vietnamese craft villages can successfully secure economic, social and environmentally sustainable water management. Australian National University 2009–2011 $294,000
Improving environmental and human health in the Pacific Islands through better onsite wastewater management (ARC Linkage) This research looks at the impact of wastewater pollution on both the ecosystem and human health, and how wastewater management can be improved. Southern Cross University 2009–2011 $225,000
Improving social protection effectiveness: incorporating social and economic risks and gender inequalities This research explores how social protection can be more effective through designing policy and programs that better address specific gender, lifecycle, social vulnerabilities and risks. It also analyses what types of social protection instruments are more effective for this purpose in differing politico-institutional and socio-cultural contexts. Overseas Development Institute 2009–2011 $636,598
Making Markets Work for the Poor: Can Customised Price Information Improve Agricultural Decision Making? This research assesses whether the provision of market information and education affects the agri-business decisions of farmers. Institute for Financial Management and Research 2009–2011 $461,636
Fair Trade in the Pacific: Empowering Women Producers in Value-Added Markets This research explores how access to value-added Fairtrade food and handicrafts markets can be improved for disadvantaged small producers in the Asia Pacific (especially women).  Australian National University 2009–2010 $161,797
Masculinities and Violence in Indonesia and India Social norms in masculinity and violence and their development are explored in Indonesia and India, and some impacts of male civil violence on individual wellbeing, community life and development programs in these two countries are assessed. University of Newcastle 2009–2010 $116,526
Making the invisible visible: documenting successes, enablers and measures of engendering water and sanitation initiatives in the Pacific to inform policy and practice This project assesses how successful different approaches are in providing gender outcomes from water and sanitation initiatives in the Pacific. It explores the implications for strategic integration of gender into water and sanitation initiatives in the Pacific and how to measure aid effectiveness in terms of gender outcomes. University of Technology, Sydney 2009–2010 $152,500
The Impacts of Chinese Aid and Development Projects on Governance in Papua New Guinea What are the impacts of Chinese aid and development projects on governance in Papua New Guinea? Australian National University 2009–2010 $268,026
The Politics of Pro-Poor Basic Services in Indonesia This research identifies obstacles that block the poor from exerting political influence to gain basic services in Indonesia. University of Adelaide 2009 $148,156
Achieving Sustainable Demand for Governance: Addressing Political Dimensions of Change This research explores how to use knowledge of 'demand for government' and 'drivers of change' theories to mobilize broader political support for governance reform.  Murdoch University 2009–2010 $289,400
Governance in Papua New Guinea This research examines the political, economic, structural and cultural factors that influence the quality of governance in Papua New Guinea and looks at how donors can assist PNG in improving its political and administrative systems. Australian National University 2009–2010 $362,123
Socially and conflict sensitive democratisation in post-conflict societies: investigating the impact of party competition at the local level on governance, stability and social cohesion in East Timor This research examines whether introducing local government elections along party political lines has affected social cohesion and political stability in Timor-Leste. University of Queensland 2009–2010 $163,526
Understanding Attitudes to National Identity in Melanesia This project will develop and conduct a survey of popular attitudes to nation and national identity in Solomon Islands, PNG, Vanuatu and Timor-Leste. The data will improve understandings of regional, ethnic, intergenerational and linguistic fault lines in Melanesia. This will lead to more effective nation-building agendas and aid initiatives. Swinburne University of Technology 2009–2010 $152,730
Health worker performance improvement: evidence from an intervention in PNG This research looks at the key factors that influence health worker performance improvement in the delivery of rural health services in PNG. University of New South Wales 2009–2011 $457,190
Use of mobile phones to strengthen the health systems for improving maternal and new born health care in rural Bangladesh This research looks at whether the use of mobile phones improves the effectiveness of health systems for maternal and new born health care in rural Bangladesh.  International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh 2009–2010 $276,388
Impact of the community mental health system strengthening project in Aceh, Indonesia The mental health system strengthening project in Bireuen, Aceh will be assessed and the relationship between mental illness, disability and poverty among patients will be modelled.  Melbourne University 2009–2010 $276,916
The Pacific TROPIC Project: Translation Research for Obesity Prevention in Communities This project will examine obesity prevention among Pacific adolescents and determine what interventions work for whom, how, why and at what costs. It will assess whether a 'knowledge broker' can influence the translation of obesity prevention research findings into practice and policy. Deakin University 2009–2011 $731,712
Strengthening China’s response to HIV, TB and HIV/TB co-infection in labour camps (lao jiao suo) in Guangxi Autonomous Region: developing a prevention model to inform national policy This research analyses the prevalence of HIV, TB & HIV/TB co-infection among prisoners in labour camps in Guangxi Autonomous Region. It identifies the HIV risk behaviours of prisoners and will strengthen China's response to co-infection in labour camps. University of New South Wales 2009–2011 $306,700
Women’s and Men’s Experiences of PMTCT in Papua New Guinea: A gendered sociocultural analysis of barriers and facilitators for program engagement The research seeks to understand the gendered sociocultural factors influencing the uptake & outcomes of PMTCT programs from the perspectives of antenatal women, their partners, & health care workers. University of New South Wales 2009–2011 $488,000
Gender and harm reduction: meeting the needs of women who inject drugs in China and Vietnam This research investigates how harm reduction programs can best meet the needs of women who inject drugs, including sex workers through exploring influences on access and feasible approaches to harm reduction.  Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne 2009–2010 $297,956
Modelling sexual and social networks of urban men who have sex with men and women in Vietnam and the Lao PDR This project addresses the characteristics of sexual and social networks of men who have sex with both men and women in two urban centres of Laos and Vietnam, countries with concentrated HIV epidemics. It analyses the whether these men accelerate HIV transmission and how best to provide them with prevention education.  Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health 2009–2010 $370,730
Identifying ‘binding constraints’ to economic growth in small island states: an analytical narrative approach This research identifies constraints that are holding back economic growth in small island states in the Pacific. University of the South Pacific 2008 $87,000
Leveraging access to financial services through education: Field experiments on financial literacy and product innovation in the Philippines and the Pacific region This research will determine how financial literacy can improve outcomes for the poor in the Philippines. Innovations for Poverty Action 2008–2011 $249,782
Agricultural markets in tropical commodity value chains: the case of cocoa farmers in Indonesia This project will examine whether the cocoa value chain in Indonesia is an obstacle to sustainable smallholder livelihoods, and suggest policy changes to make the sector more competitive. Centre de cooperation internationale en recherché argonomique pour le developpement (CIRAD) 2008–2010 $379,000
Accessing land held under customary ownership for development in Melanesia This research explores how land held under customary title can be accessed and used to accelerate economic growth in Melanesia. Australian National University/ 2008–2011 $688,580
The welfare impact of land titling in Laos This research analyses how access to secure land titles influences economic growth. UNSW 2008–2011 $330,200
Migration as a labour market intervention: mitigating severe seasonal deprivation or Monga in North-Western Bangladesh This project examines why Monga-affected (seasonally-deprived) labourers do not migrate to better employment opportunities. It assesses the major economic, institutional and psychological constraints to domestic migration and will examine whether promoting migration is a cost-effective policy response to mitigate the severe welfare consequences of Monga. University of Sydney 2008–2010 $320,300
Humanitarian aid distribution on horizontal inequalities and conflict management This research examines how the design and implementation of humanitarian aid programs affects inequalities between groups and management of inter-group conflicts. University of Oxford 2008 $354,300
Analysis of opinions and experiences of Australians involved in disaster response overseas to enhance effectiveness of humanitarian assistance This project examines how individual and organisational experiences of Australians in disasters and humanitarian emergencies can be used to improve the effectiveness of the Australian health sector humanitarian response in the future. University of Queensland 2008 $85,862
Overcoming barriers to renewable energy in rural Indonesia by community capacity building This research will identify ways to facilitate solar energy and renewable energy source use for communities in rural Eastern Indonesia that have no access to conventional electricity supply. University of New South Wales 2008–2010 $310,353
Study on combating illegal timber trades and associated crimes in Indonesia through financial intelligence—the potential role of commercial banks To identify the strengths & weaknesses of current banking policies & practices regarding anti-money laundering to prevent proceeds of illegal logging & related crimes from being laundered. Centre for International Forestry Research 2008 $116,655
Governance and economic incentives for reducing the contribution of tropical deforestation to climate change (ARC Linkage—follows on from EFCC 083) This research investigates whether and how deforestation can be reduced through better governance and by providing economic incentives to forest-rich tropical countries. Australian National University 2009–2011 $250,067
Assessing the livelihood impacts of incentive payments for avoided deforestation This research looks at the impacts on livelihoods of existing payments for environmental services schemes. Australian National University 2008 $86,017
Gender, status and empowerment: A study among women who work in Sri Lanka’s export processing zones (EPZs) This project analyses how women factory workers in Sri Lanka are empowered in society as a result of their employment. Edith Cowan University 2008–2010 $131,600
Budgeting for women’s economic empowerment: The practices of and potential for gender responsive budgeting in the Asia Pacific region This work seeks to review the means by which women's economic empowerment can be progressed through the development of gender responsive budgeting (GRB) initiatives and to identify the factors that are most crucial in enabling or constraining their development in the Asia Pacific region. University of South Australia 2008–2009 $199,138
Integrating gender and reproductive health issues in the Indonesian national school curricula: challenges for Moslem societies This project explores how to encourage local authorities to adopt national gender values in school curricula. Australian National University 2008–2010 $210,000
Islamic organisations and women’s empowerment in Indonesia This study focuses on Islamic women's organisations and their leadership and function in Indonesian society. It explores the impacts of their activities on education, health, household decision making, political participation, and why they are effective. University of Adelaide 2008–2009 $136,000
Combining Health Equity Funding and Community-Based Health Insurance to protect the poor This project examines how best to combine Health Equity Funding and Community-Based Health Insurance to provide financial access to health services for the poor. RMIT University 2008–2009 $207,100
Strengthening mortality and cause of death reporting in Pacific Island health information systems This project will investigate how Health Information Systems in Pacific Islands can ensure that mortality and cause of death reporting is comprehensive and can be used to support effective health planning and evaluation. University of Queensland 2008–2010 $416,654
Model public health law for the Pacific This research will examine how well public health laws in the Pacific protect and promote health. It will analyse whether they provide modern legal infrastructure to assist the management of communicable disease, the gathering of data and the protection of the rights of those affected by the legislation, and develop best practice in legislation development in for the Pacific context. La Trobe University 2008–2009 $348,642
Improvement of maternal and neonatal health by operationalising an integrated evidence-based intervention package through strengthening of health system in Bangladesh

This project will implement an integrated evidence-based maternal and neonatal intervention package though the Government of Bangladesh health system. International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh 2008–2011 $649,217
Explaining the health systems financing determinants of catastrophic costs in Asian and Pacific countries, with specific focus on maternal, neonatal and child health This research addresses catastrophic and impoverishing household expenditures for health in Asia-Pacific countries, including total expenditures for maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH). It also examines the health systems financing and delivery implications they cause. Institute for Health Policy, Sri Lanka 2008–2010 $749,700
Evaluating and enhancing the national mortality registration system in Vietnam This research aims to evaluate and enhance the national mortality reporting system in Vietnam. George Institute for International Health 2008–2010 $440,600
Male circumcision and vaginal microbicides for HIV prevention in men and women at high-risk of HIV infection in PNG: Acceptability, epidemiological impact, cost-effectiveness and options for implementation This research will map circumcision and other penile cutting practices and investigate socio-cultural beliefs, traditions and sexual norms that may affect future uptake. It will also estimate epidemiological impact and cost effectiveness of complete and partial uptake, and strengthen the capacity of the PNG IMR to conduct HIV/AIDS research. University of Queensland 2008–2011 $699,030
Investigating the role of drug & alcohol use in the spread of HIV infection in the Pacific, with specific reference to Fiji This project will develop an evidence- base for interventions to reduce harms related to drug and alcohol use such as HIV and STI transmission. Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health 2008 $112,750
The impact of harm reduction programs on law enforcement in South East Asia: what works & what doesn’t What impact do harm reduction programs have on law enforcement policy and practice to reduce HIV-related risk among injecting drug users and their communities in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Indonesia? Nossal Institute for Global Health 2008–2011 $691,194
Evaluating and predicting the epidemiological impact of health policies for reducing HIV in Melanesian and South East Asian populations What intervention strategies and policies will be most effective and feasible in reducing the impact of the HIV epidemic in Melanesia and South-East Asia?’ University of New South Wales 2008–2010 $392,443
Impact of cross-border mobility on HIV vulnerability and AIDS treatments along new economic corridors in the Upper Mekong This research analyses if greater mobility increases sexual and drug-related HIV vulnerability in the Upper Mekong. It will identify inadequate access to AIDS treatment in specific sub-populations. Macquarie University 2008–2010 $255,854


Last Updated: 28 October 2014