The Research in Development Series

Topics Cross-sector partnerships | Evidence-based policy

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.

The Research in Development 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).

The current titles in the series are available to be downloaded below.

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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Pacific Island Towns and Cities - A resilience agenda for urbanisation and urban growth in Pacific Island Countries

Pacific Island Towns and Cities - A resilience agenda for urbanisation and urban growth in Pacific Island Countries

This paper provides an outline of the unique challenges of urbanisation and urban growth in the Pacific. It provides a detailed understanding of why it is important to address Pacific island urbanisation and urban growth, its unique features and a focus on informal settlements; and practical recommendations for relevant stakeholders on how to build urban resilience in Pacific towns and cities.

This paper was produced by the ACFID’s Urban Community of Practice and complements the case study “What Does Neighbourhood Level Urban Resilience Look Like In Honiara”.

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What Does Neighbourhood Level Urban Resilience Look Like In Honiara?

What Does Neighbourhood Level Urban Resilience Look Like In Honiara?

Using a case study of two informal settlements in Honiara, Solomon Islands, this research aims to identify and understand what neighbourhood level resilience looks like in order to support local capacity to prepare for and respond to extreme events.

This paper was produced by the ACFID’s Urban Community of Practice and complements the policy paper “Pacific Island Towns and Cities”.

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Faith, sexual orientation, gender identity and the ACFID Code of Conduct

Faith, sexual orientation, gender identity and the ACFID Code of Conduct

The Australian Council for International Development’s (ACFID) Code of Conduct now gives specific acknowledgement to ‘marginalisation due to gender identity … and sexual orientation’ as a factor that can contribute to exclusion and inequity. This Paper reports on an action learning project undertaken by the Sexual Rights in Development Community of Practice in recognition of the challenges and possibilities that this acknowledgment might present for ACFID members.

Development in the Urban Era: Six strategies for better managing urbanisation in Asia and the Pacific

Development in the Urban Era: Six strategies for better managing urbanisation in Asia and the Pacific

This working paper provides insight into the complexity of urbanisation and present key entry points for its better management. The paper argues that an integrated programming or a ‘systems’ approach to urban development assistance in Asia and the Pacific is critical to strengthening prosperity, reducing poverty and building disaster resilience. Each of the six strategies presented highlight practical, tangible activities that contribute to meeting the targets within Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 and other related goals from the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda.

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Closing the Gender Gap: Gender and Australian NGOs

Closing the Gender Gap: Gender and Australian NGOs

This report contributes to the debate about approaches to gender within Australian non-government aid and development organisations. It highlights strong progress towards integration of gender in programming, and identifies gaps in related to performance and accountability mechanisms.

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Measuring Social Change: Principles to guide the assessment of human-rights based approaches to development

Measuring Social Change: Principles to guide the assessment of human-rights based approaches to development

This report unpacks the role of impact evaluation as it applies to the field of human rights, detailing a range of approaches and offering the principles upon which measurement of social change should be based.

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Now We Feel Like Respected Adults: Positive change in gender roles in a Timor-Leste WASH program

Now We Feel Like Respected Adults: Positive change in gender roles in a Timor-Leste WASH program

WASH issues are highly gendered by nature and demand responses which are appropriately gender-conscious. This report analyses specific outcomes of a WASH programming in Timor Leste and describes the enabling factors for positive development progress in this area.

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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.

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.

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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