Research on emerging development issues

Topics Cross-sector partnerships | Data sources | DFAT/policy engagement | Evidence-based policy | Development finance | Economics | Tools & Guidance

Working with consultants and subject matter experts, the RDI Network regularly publishes research on relevant and emerging development issues in an accessible format. These reports are free to download, and are available in hard-copy and as an interactive PDF.

These reports on are a part of the Research in Development Series. The Series was first launched in 2010 through the ACFID University Network. It provided an opportunity for practitioners and academics to pursue emerging trends and thought leadership.

These reports are supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Building Together: Seven principles for engaging civil society to deliver resilient, inclusive, sustainable infrastructure in the Pacific islands

Building Together: Seven principles for engaging civil society to deliver resilient, inclusive, sustainable infrastructure in the Pacific islands

Australia is increasing its investment into building new roads and facilities in the Pacific, so it’s important that Australia gets it right. Our involvement needs to be ethical, empower local community, and break down entrenched inequalities. The RDI Network, in collaboration with Pacific Connections (Australia) have produced a report with seven recommendations to follow for shared decision-making and accountability. These recommendations have been provided to DFAT, and all organisations working in the Pacific are encouraged to follow them too.

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Religion and development: Australian faith-based development organisations

Religion and development: Australian faith-based development organisations

This paper explores the distinctions between faith-based and secular aid and development organisations and the unique challenges and opportunities associated with the faith-based community.

Alternatives to Debtors Prison: Developing a framework for international insolvency

Alternatives to Debtors Prison: Developing a framework for international insolvency

This paper contributes to the debate regarding debt and insolvency as it relates to international development, challenging assumptions around the causes and responses associated debt crises in the developing world.

In it for the long haul? Delivering Australian Aid to Afghanistan

In it for the long haul? Delivering Australian Aid to Afghanistan

This paper details the achievements of the Australian Government and non-government actors in Afghanistan in the years 2001 to 2010, and explores key ongoing challenges facing the nation.

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