Research Reports

COVID-19 Impacts on Immigration Detention 

COVID-19 Impacts on Immigration Detention: Global Responses

This Edited Collection brings together a range of country reports documenting the impacts of COVID-19 on immigration detention practices globally. Compiled jointly by the International Detention Coalition and the Humanitarian and Development Research Initiative at Western Sydney University, this report highlights how governments and civil society organisations have responded to the practice of immigration detention.

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State responses to COVID-19: A global snapshot at 1 June 2020

This collection represents the work of over 50 academic and professional contributors across the world on the specific ways in which governmental authorities have attempted to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, including the steps they have taken to slow the spread of infection, and to mitigate the effects on their economies of government imposed restrictions on movement and work. It also includes ten ‘issues papers’ that detail the related effects of COVID-19 on vulnerable groups. These contributions cover issues as diverse as: the role of NGOs in assisting domestic violence survivors in the Pacific Islands; NGO support for undocumented migrant workers in Switzerland and Italy; the perils faced by US health care workers; the plight of non-citizens in Australia; human trafficking and modern slavery; and the return of many hundreds of thousands of workers to Nepal.

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Enhancing Research Impact in International Development: A practical guide for practitioners and researchers

The Enhancing Research Impact in International Development (ERIID) guide aims to assist Australian-based practitioners and researchers operating in the development sector to maximise the potential research impact of a project. It outlines approaches, tools and strategies to promote a research project’s outputs and outcomes, and to encourage research uptake and research use. The guide was launched at Development Studies Association of Australia (DSAA) conference in Melbourne on 6 February 2020.

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Women and WASH in Nepal: Key Issues and Challenges

This report provides an overview of the main Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) issues in Nepal with a specific focus on the experiences of women, to set out gaps in knowledge and areas in need of future attention. It offers a stocktake of current research, programmatic interventions and knowledge gaps on WASH in Nepal and highlights challenges for the future. Using a case-study approach it illustrates how these WASH-related issues are experienced at the local level in four districts in Nepal, with a policy review setting out the major stages in WASH policy design and implementation since the 1970s. The report concludes by setting out gaps in knowledge and critical areas for future action.

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Food Security in Solomon Islands: A Survey of Honiara Central Market

The Honiara Central Market (HCM) is the largest fresh produce market in Solomon Islands. Understanding the interactions taking place at HCM between rural farmers and urban consumers is important both for rural producers who sell their produce to create wealth, and for urban residents who need fresh food. This report focused on the HCM and examined the factors that affect linkages between rural smallholders and urban consumers of fresh produce. The findings of the study contribute to public policy formation in Solomon Islands on future food supply and food security needs by identifying potential areas where stakeholders (i.e. Solomon Islands Government, development aid donors and non-government organisations (NGOs)) could cooperate to improve availability of, and access to, fresh produce at HCM.

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Australia and the Global Compact on Migration: opportunities for a new agenda

An Outcomes Report of a public seminar held on 12 November 2018. The seminar brought together key policy makers involved in migration policy and planning at the highest level to consider how the Australian government and civil society actors supports, implements, monitors and reviews the Global Compact on Migration. This seminar was organised in collaboration with Jesuit Refugee services.

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Diaspora responses in times of Disaster and other crises: Outcomes report

An Outcomes Report of a public seminar held on 7 April 2018. The seminar focused on the role of diasporas in providing financial and social assistance through knowledge, norms and values to their country of origin and host countries. This seminar provided a great opportunity to collaborate with diaspora organisations and others who work in the field to share ideas and investigate opportunities for action. This was organised in collaboration with Diaspora Learning Network.

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