Aerial photo of world heritage city, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR,  during the wet season

DFAT - CSIRO Research for Development Alliance

The DFAT CSIRO Alliance is a strategic partnership that aims to improve the impact of aid.

  • 23 March 2009 | Updated 25 November 2013

Countries in the Asia and Pacific regions face daunting environmental pressures that threaten economic growth and poverty reduction.

Foremost of these challenges are managing the adverse impacts of development, escalating demand for natural resources, and climate change.

Many of these challenges are issues where applied research can play a significant role, both in addressing urgent issues around supporting the delivery of aid and in ensuring that longer-term needs can also be met through strategic investments.

This Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), CSIRO partnership provides an opportunity to introduce approaches to international aid delivery that better responds to the relationship between poverty and the environment.

Alliance projects will achieve impact through influencing DFAT's development policies, investments and projects, as well as informing international stakeholder policies and decisions.

Alliance Projects

The three key initial focal areas for Alliance projects include:

This DFAT - CSIRO partnership provides an opportunity to introduce approaches to international aid delivery that better responds to the relationship between poverty and the environment.
  • responding to climate change
  • water
  • sustainable cities and energy.

Short tactical Phase 1 projects were undertaken 2008-09 including:

  • Climate change and ecological assets in the South East Asia region 
  • Regional and Country Scale Water Resource Assessment 
  • Rural Industries Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change 
  • Mekong Basin Water Resources Assessment 
  • A Strategic Sustainability Assessment for the Pacific 
  • Melanesian Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Assets 
  • Regional climate projection development and interpretation for Indonesia 
  • Urbanisation and Sustainability Transition in Asia.

Phase 2 projects, including larger scale multi-sectoral projects, are being designed through a participatory process with DFAT - CSIRO and international stakeholders. 

They are intended to tackle systems level constraints and opportunities that have a significant impact on the outcomes of development policy and investments. 

Find out more about CSIRO research into Sustainable cities and coasts.