Current projects

The following is a list of some of our major ongoing projects at the Centre. This list is not exhaustive — see our publications and the Devpolicy Blog for more of our outputs and analysis.

Australian aid

Funding for our Australian aid projects comes from the Harold Mitchell Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Australian Aid Tracker
Launched on 27 January 2016, the Australian Aid Tracker draws on a range of data and Devpolicy analysis, and uses a variety of visualisation and charting tools to help bring the numbers on Australian aid to life. It’s an independent, user-friendly and up-to-date look at Australian aid, intended to serve as a resource for journalists, advocates, policymakers and politicians, and interested members of the public. The Aid Tracker will be expanded and updated as new data becomes available.

Australian aid profiles
Our Aid Profiles series, launched in February 2016, aims to showcase individuals who have made a significant contribution to the cause of international development which inspires others, which is of lasting and significant value, which has a link to Australia, and which has not yet been adequately recognised.

Mitchell Humanitarian Award
The Aid Profiles also serve as a shortlist for the Mitchell Humanitarian Award. This new accolade, awarded annually, includes a $10,000 donation to a charity of the awardee’s choice. The first winner of the award was Dr Robyn Alders, announced in February 2017 at the Australasian Aid Conference. The second winner, the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre, was announced at the 2018 Australasian Aid Conference. This project is made possible with the generous support of the Harold Mitchell Foundation. Nominations for both the Award and the Aid Profiles are invited – please send to

The PNG Project

Devpolicy researchers and collaborators work in a range of partnerships with important Papua New Guinea institutions, principally the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and the National Research Institute (NRI). The PNG Project provides the framework for linking together the diverse range of ongoing research and educational efforts that we are engaged in, including the projects which follow below. The main funder for this work is the Australian aid program.

ANU-UPNG partnership
Devpolicy leads a partnership between UPNG’s School of Business and Public Policy (SBPP) and Crawford School of Public Policy, supported by the Australian aid program under the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct. The focus of the partnership is on faculty strengthening; developing collaborative research and outreach; and supporting faculty and student exchanges between UPNG and ANU. We currently have five staff based at UPNG SBPP: Mr Dek Sum, Dr Manoj Pandey, Dr Bao Nguyen, Dr Lhawang Ugyel and Dr Amanda Watson.

Education and health case studies
Building on the Promoting Effective Public Expenditure (PEPE) Project, undertaken with the National Research Institute, Dr Grant Walton is leading case study research on selected schools and health facilities in PNG in partnership with colleagues at UPNG. This research is expected to develop a more nuanced understanding of the geographical, economic, social and administrative factors that shape performance in service delivery settings.

Family and sexual violence
Femili PNG is a PNG-based non-governmental organisation that runs a Case Management Centre to assist survivors of family and sexual violence to access the services they need. Femili PNG is managed by a committee of PNG and Australian stakeholders, in partnership with Oxfam and funded by the Australian aid program. The Development Policy Centre and the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at ANU provide institutional support and are responsible for monitoring and evaluation and related research.

The Pacific

Pacific labour migration
Labour migration is key to the future of the Pacific, and has been an important research focus for Devpolicy for several years. Our work in this area is highlighted monthly through our labour mobility and migration newsletter. Our latest project was a discussion paper on the contrasting temporary migration outcomes in Australian and New Zealand horticulture. This work is undertaken by Dr Matthew Dornan, Dr Richard Curtain and Professor Stephen Howes.

Pacific Research Program
The Pacific Research Program is a consortium led by the ANU Department of Pacific Affairs, and including the Development Policy Centre and the Lowy Institute. Matthew Dornan of the Development Policy Centre leads the Program on research into economic development. The Program will also provide funding for the annual Pacific Update conference.

Global development policy

The Australasian Aid Conference, held in February of each year in partnership with The Asia Foundation, continues to be an integral part of the Australian and regional aid calendar. The conference brings together researchers from across Australia, the Pacific, Asia, and beyond who are working on aid and international development policy to share insights, promote collaboration, and help develop the research community.

We provide commentary and host numerous events on global development policy, including the annual Mitchell Oration, a forum at which the most pressing development issues can be addressed by the best minds and most influential practitioners of our time.

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