GDS awarded AUS$ 767K by AusAID for Greater Mekong Sub-Region gender study


AusAID this week announced the results of the 2012 AusAID Development Research Awards Scheme (ADRAS) Funding Round, with 45 grants totaling $28.7 million over three years awarded across eight themes: Africa, Disability-inclusive development, Education, Gender, Mining for development, Scholarships, and Water, sanitation and hygiene.

Assistant Professor Dr. Philippe Doneys is the principal investigator of the AIT research project titled "What is Essential is Invisible: Empowerment and Security in Economic Projects for Low Income Women in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region", which was selected in the Gender category, and from a pool of 581 applications overall.

Dr. Doneys said the large-scale study lasting from 2013-2015 "will focus on women’s economic empowerment and social protection projects in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. It will involve an exploration of the gaps between the level of decision-makers and intended beneficiaries in terms of their conceptions of the ideas of empowerment and security and their perceptions of what is happening on the ground.”

Overall, the regional study will assess whether income generation and other economic development and social protection projects contribute to empowerment as understood by project participants and beneficiaries. The AIT researchers want to know if policy makers understand the economic and social issues affecting low income women in the four Mekong countries.

“This should make policies and programs on empowerment and social protections more effective in the future,” Dr. Doneys explained.

AusAID received applications from a wide range of research organisations and from a variety of countries, especially from throughout the Asia Pacific region. ADRAS Research Selection Committees shortlisted 102 applications, which were then externally peer-reviewed, with comments also received from AusAID program staff, the announcement said.