Global development aid effectiveness

Improving the effectiveness of development assistance is embedded across all research clusters, with a focus on complex, fragile and conflicted social settings. This cluster contributes to the international evidence base of improving results from development assistance.

Using qualitative and quantitative methods, our researchers works closely with frontline development workers to ensure our research impacts their practice and systemic institutional change. All projects are concerned with building evidence for improved social policies, including the effects of the public finance systems upon local development practice.

An emerging program of research will examine the agency of frontline workers as they adapt to complex problems.

Below is a list of research projects associated with this cluster.

Defining the Impact of Regionalism on Aboriginal Housing and Settlements

The aim of this project is to analyse, quantify and improve our understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing needs by developing an innovative regional approach to needs assessment, that considers cultural protocols, access to services, sustainable design and regional governance.... Read more

Frontline Adaptive Practice in Complex Indigenous Contexts

This research project aims to develop a sound evidence base and a pragmatic understanding of the realities of policy implementation on the ground in Indigenous Affairs. It aims to better understand how frontline workers (volunteers and employees of Indigenous organisations, NGOs, private... Read more

Violent Crime in Developing Countries

This project will produce a systematic review of the effects of justice system interventions on violent crime in developing countries. This review has been funded by 3ie, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, an organisation that focuses on using evidence evaluation to improve lives... Read more

Sub-national Spending in Timor-Leste: Lessons from Experience

The purpose of the study was to evaluate the mechanisms used by the Government of Timor-Leste to manage sub-national spending in recent years, including: i) the Local Development Program (Programa Dezenvolvimentu Lokal, PDL), underway since 2004; and ii) the Referendum Package (or Pakote Referendum... Read more

Review of Gender and Development Training

Gender equality is a key goal of Australian and international development work, and is recognized by the United Nations (UN) in Millennium Development Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women. Gender equality is viewed as a key goal due to its’ intrinsic ethical worth, but is also... Read more

Youth Gang Violence

Gang membership is an international issue which has impacted rates of crime around the world. Whilst similar organisations of gangs exist across the globe, each formation has its own culture and traditions that permeate the very community in which the gang is located. This project seeks to... Read more

Public Finance Management for Improved Indigenous Governance

The terms and conditions under which public finance is directed into the territories of local governance – community associations, elected local governments, organisations rooted in custom, local ethnic or other identities – can powerfully affect the orientation and capabilities people... Read more

Strengthening Indigenous Governance in Bolivia Through Mining

Despite inherent challenges and instabilities, Bolivians recognise that the exploitation of natural resources could equate to development opportunities for its majority Indigenous population.  A number of small mining companies are actively exploring opportunities to support Indigenous... Read more

Aboriginal Lifeworlds, Conditionality, and Housing Outcomes

This study addresses the issues of obtaining an optimum balance between conditionality (especially tenancy rules and duties) and preserving Indigenous social capital, so as to enable an effective ‘recognition space’ between tenants’ life values and housing managers’ rule... Read more