The Centre for International Development aims to be a global leader in international development research
The Centre’s core areas of expertise include:
Centre researchers are experts at identifying existing knowledge gaps, formulating testable hypotheses, theories of change and empirical techniques.
The Centre designs studies that frame the analysis within the broader grey and academic literatures. In so doing, the Centre has not only contributed to policy formulation, but also has enhanced RMIT’s reputation within formal academic circles.
The Centre’s partnerships with NGOs across the Asia Pacific region and beyond have allowed it to also gain expertise in translating research to various audiences and producing both technical and non-technical reports. The latter is important not only for dissemination purposes, but also to provide key stakeholders with information about how their lives changed because of interventions. As such, the team has produced pamphlets, videos, summaries and non-technical presentations geared toward informing affected communities.
In 2019, OECD member countries provided over USD 150 billion in foreign aid to promote development globally.
However, COVID-19 is likely to reduce foreign aid and impact on the budgets of NGOs. CID researchers examine the allocation and impact of this assistance at both a macroeconomic level as well as the individual and household level impacts of aid provided by NGOs.
Unexpected events can have a huge impact on development. They include political events, health shocks such as COVID-19, economic shocks like the current global recession, and climatic shocks such as storms, floods and droughts.
CID researchers have examined how such shocks impact on human well-being and development, and how individuals, households, societies and government can come up with strategies to help.
CID researchers aim to understand the challenges and obstacles in achieving gender equality and child wellbeing in the developing world. We offer evidence based, practical, policy-oriented solutions to overcome long-standing inequalities and promote inclusive and sustainable development outcomes for all.
Our research focuses on ‘gender gaps’ in labour market outcomes, and women’s empowerment. We delve into all aspects gender inequality including institutional, social, and extraneous factors (such as weather and crime) resulting in suboptimal outcomes and status for women in the society. We develop quantifiable multidimensional statistics to measure gender equity. These statistics serve as methodological tool, assisting policymakers in designing the development policy. We examine gender bias in fertility behaviour especially in Asian context and the role of gender norms and household perspective fostering this behaviour.
As primary caregivers, improving gender equity in developing countries is often associated with improved conditions for children. However, children experience poverty and vulnerability differently to adults. As such, our research not only aims to uncover the nexus between maternal and child wellbeing, but how to improve the conditions of children. We focus on issues related to education, child labour and health.
In December 2020, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) commissioned RMIT University to undertake a global case study on the relationship between climate change and child labour in agriculture.
The proposed research investigates the relationship between electrification, women’s safety, and crime in India.
The CID applies its expertise to real-world problems, working as both researchers and development practitioners. We partner with leading development organisations, advising their practice, programmatic interventions and strategy. With its partners, the CID leads global change toward the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. CID members have worked with:
Centre members have lead projects in South and East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Pacific Island countries.
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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.