[TimorLesteStudies] Media Release: Australia Funds Overseas Aid
Bu.Wilson at anu.edu.au
Thu Jan 31 13:57:51 EST 2008
BOB MCMULLAN MP
PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE
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Australia Funds Overseas Aid Research
As a first step in the long process of improving the quality and
effectiveness of Australia's overseas aid, the Australian Government is
implementing an enhanced three-year Development Research Strategy.
'It is not good enough to just increase the quantity of aid, although that
is very important, we must increase the quality of the aid as well,' said
Bob McMullan, Parliamentary Secretary for International Development
'Therefore, the Australian Government will provide $8.8 million for 27 new
Australian Development Research Awards.
'Good research leads to a more effective aid program.
'The research will provide decision-makers with practical solutions to the
most difficult development challenges in the Asia-Pacific region.'
Mr McMullan announced the strategy and the Development Research Awards at an
international development conference in Brisbane.
The Development Research Strategy includes more research funding, higher
quality research, improved communication and sharing of research findings, a
commitment to build research capacity in the Asia-Pacific region, and a
focus on research into the problems facing fragile states.
The strategy will also strengthen important research partnerships across the
Australian Government and with major donors in the region.
This inaugural round of the Australian Development Research Awards will fund
27 research proposals including seven proposals from overseas-based
Through these awards, Australia's research base will be strengthened in six
key sectors: economic growth, gender equality, humanitarian assistance,
health systems, HIV/AIDS and environment, forests and climate. The funding
will support research into the impact of HIV/AIDS harm reduction programs on
law enforcement in South East Asia, incentives for reducing deforestation in
Indonesia and PNG, and obstacles to economic reforms in the Pacific.
The awards will be conducted annually and complement other development
research funded by AusAID, such as through our long-term partnerships with
key Australian and international institutions, through directly
commissioning research and engaging as an industry partner with Australian
research organisations under the Australian Research Council Linkage
See Full list of Australian Development Research Award recipients [PDF
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