Adaptation in the Pacific

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major and potentially long-term impact on how humanitarian and development agencies work in the Pacific region.The Institute has partnered with the Australian Red Cross and the Humanitarian Advisory Group to deliver an action research project which aims to understand how local actors in the Pacific are adapting  what they do in the context of COVID-19. The research will explore what is helping and hindering successful adaptation and what the international development and humanitarian community can do differently to support localisation and locally-led development in the Pacific.

The research will:

  • Provide a platform for ongoing sharing and learning between researchers and practitioners about how local actors are adapting what they do in the context of COVID-19 in the Pacific;
  • Undertake real-time tracking, documentation and analysis of innovative, locally-led adaptations;
  • Share these adaptations and emerging lessons with practitioners, researchers and policymakers in Australia, the Pacific and more broadly in order to influence policy and practice.

To date the research has included a survey of humanitarian and development actors in the Pacific, an evaluation of the Red Cross movement's response to Tropical Cyclone Harold and five case studies exploring how the Asia Pacific Training Coalition has adapted its work.