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The Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network links people and organisations involved and interested in the broad field of international development in Aotearoa New Zealand and the wider world…

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DevNet’s conferences have been held biennially since 1998. Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest, regular conference on international development, provides a great opportunity for people from Aotearoa, the Pacific and others to learn from each other and from international experts. Keynote speakers have…

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eSocSci is an interactive knowledge space for communicating social science research and bringing together people who have common research interests in Aotearoa New Zealand. It includes an eLibrary of working papers on topic related to a variety of topics including migration, health, education…

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Director of the Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, MA, USA

MICHAEL EDWARDS

Director of the Governance and Civil Society Unit at the Ford Foundation


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4 weeks ago
DevNet

This week, we would like to introduce you to Shaya Malini from the University of the South Pacific. Shaya received the DevNet Pacific Development Research Award in 2023 for her Master's research on "Perceptions of Rural Indo-Fijian Women on the Effectiveness and Implications of the No Drop Policy in Fiji." Shaya shared her story with us:

“The Pacific Islands have some of the highest rates of domestic violence in the world, Fiji alone having a prevalence rate of 64% without overlooking the fact that most cases go unreported. In 1995, women’s movements in Fiji, particularly the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre, advocated for stronger responses and support for battling domestic violence, which led to the Introduction of the No-drop Policy. The No-drop policy allows prosecutors to prosecute perpetrators of domestic violence cases regardless of victim participation. However, despite the No-drop policy in place, the high prevalence of domestic violence continues to raise questions about the efficacy of the policy as this policy itself is debated by many feminists and academics. My research, which is supported by the University of South Pacific and DevNet focuses on exploring the perceptions of rural women and stakeholders involved in the implementation process of the No-drop policy.

I chose rural women because there is very little research done on this policy globally and many studies have shown that rural women are more prone to domestic violence. I wanted a holistic view of the challenges women experienced when engaging with the No-drop policy and factors that restrained them from using such policies. My findings stated that factors such as cultural attitudes (mindset, lack of privacy and anonymity), family background and socio-economic factors (age, number of children and family support), patriarchy, isolation and geographic location limit women’s decision to report and engage with such policies.

I am very grateful for the grant provided by DevNet to assist me in my fieldwork which allowed me to interact with more participants and stay longer in Vanua Levu tapping into remote islands such as Taveuni which allowed me to gather promising data for this research. The information gathered in my research is a starting point for more studies in rural areas in relation to domestic violence policies and also will help me write other articles and meet with other NGOs that can use this data to assist more women in rural areas in terms of accessing justice systems.”

Please go to our website to learn more about Shaya's research findings and her research brief: devnet.org.nz/shaya-malini-university-of-the-south-pacific/
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This week, we would like to introduce you to Shaya Malini from the University of the South Pacific. Shaya received the DevNet Pacific Development Research Award in 2023 for her Masters research on Perceptions of Rural Indo-Fijian Women on the Effectiveness and Implications of the No Drop Policy in Fiji. Shaya shared her story with us:
“The Pacific Islands have some of the highest rates of domestic violence in the world, Fiji alone having a prevalence rate of 64% without overlooking the fact that most cases go unreported. In 1995, women’s movements in Fiji, particularly the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre, advocated for stronger responses and support for battling domestic violence, which led to the Introduction of the No-drop Policy. The No-drop policy allows prosecutors to prosecute perpetrators of domestic violence cases regardless of victim participation. However, despite the No-drop policy in place, the high prevalence of domestic violence continues to raise questions about the efficacy of the policy as this policy itself is debated by many feminists and academics. My research, which is supported by the University of South Pacific and DevNet focuses on exploring the perceptions of rural women and stakeholders involved in the implementation process of the No-drop policy.
I chose rural women because there is very little research done on this policy globally and many studies have shown that rural women are more prone to domestic violence. I wanted a holistic view of the challenges women experienced when engaging with the No-drop policy and factors that restrained them from using such policies. My findings stated that factors such as cultural attitudes (mindset, lack of privacy and anonymity), family background and socio-economic factors (age, number of children and family support), patriarchy, isolation and geographic location limit women’s decision to report and engage with such policies.
I am very grateful for the grant provided by DevNet to assist me in my fieldwork which allowed me to interact with more participants and stay longer in Vanua Levu tapping into remote islands such as Taveuni which allowed me to gather promising data for this research. The information gathered in my research is a starting point for more studies in rural areas in relation to domestic violence policies and also will help me write other articles and meet with other NGOs that can use this data to assist more women in rural areas in terms of accessing justice systems.”
Please go to our website to learn more about Shayas research findings and her research brief: https://devnet.org.nz/shaya-malini-university-of-the-south-pacific/
1 month ago
DevNet

We are always excited to share our awardees' stories and their fascinating research findings. Let's meet our New Zealand Postgraduate Development Field Research Awardee, Louis Morrell, a Master of International Development student at Massey University. Louis’s research topic: An investigation into the strategies employed by Samoa’s indigenous fishing industry to manage and mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change. Here is Louis's story:

"I spent three weeks in Apia, Samoa, talking to key stakeholders in the fields of climate change adaptation, fisheries, and aquaculture. My thesis looked to investigate the national adaptation policies implemented to protect and sustain coastal marine environments and the communities that rely upon resources sourced for these environments. As a case study, I examined aquaculture and explored whether aquaculture was a viable adaptation option for people involved with coastal and subsistence fishing. Over the three weeks, I was able to have conversations with coastal community members, visit aquaculture sites and consult with experts on the utility of aquaculture projects, including recent efforts to revitalise the culturing of traditional, edible limu (seaweed). My research found that national adaptation frameworks do adequately address the needs of those most impacted by the effects of climate change and environmental degradation (coastal and subsistence fishermen), but the future aquaculture as a viable adaptation strategy is unclear."

Please go here to read Louis's policy brief: devnet.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Louis-Morrell-DEVNET-Policy-brief-FINAL.docx

Photos: Louis and edible limu he took in Samoa.
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We are always excited to share our awardees stories and their fascinating research findings. Lets meet our New Zealand Postgraduate Development Field Research Awardee, Louis Morrell, a Master of International Development student at Massey University. Louis’s research topic: An investigation into the strategies employed by Samoa’s indigenous fishing industry to manage and mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change. Here is Louiss story:
I spent three weeks in Apia, Samoa, talking to key stakeholders in the fields of climate change adaptation, fisheries, and aquaculture. My thesis looked to investigate the national adaptation policies implemented to protect and sustain coastal marine environments and the communities that rely upon resources sourced for these environments. As a case study, I examined aquaculture and explored whether aquaculture was a viable adaptation option for people involved with coastal and subsistence fishing. Over the three weeks, I was able to have conversations with coastal community members, visit aquaculture sites and consult with experts on the utility of aquaculture projects, including recent efforts to revitalise the culturing of traditional, edible limu (seaweed). My research found that national adaptation frameworks do adequately address the needs of those most impacted by the effects of climate change and environmental degradation (coastal and subsistence fishermen), but the future aquaculture as a viable adaptation strategy is unclear. 
Please go here to read Louiss policy brief: https://devnet.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Louis-Morrell-DEVNET-Policy-brief-FINAL.docx
Photos: Louis and edible limu he took in Samoa.Image attachment

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Congratulations Lous!! Well done! Good luck!!

1 month ago
DevNet

In line with DevNet's mission to enhance opportunities for researchers in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific to discuss, debate, and share their research on international development, the DevNet Pacific Development Write-Up Grant aims to support early and mid-career development researchers of Pacific nationalities based at Pacific universities in preparing their research findings for publication in reputable peer-reviewed academic journals.

We are delighted to announce Shazna Buksh as a recipient of the DevNet Development Write-Up Grant for the 2023 round. Shazna, a lecturer at the University of the South Pacific, is currently working on an article focused on her research into the food choice motives of Pacific Islanders. Congratulations, Shazna, and best wishes as you write up your article.

Please like our page and visit our website to learn more about our DevNet Pacific Development Write-up Grants:
devnet.org.nz/pacific-write-up-grants/
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In line with DevNets mission to enhance opportunities for researchers in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific to discuss, debate, and share their research on international development, the DevNet Pacific Development Write-Up Grant aims to support early and mid-career development researchers of Pacific nationalities based at Pacific universities in preparing their research findings for publication in reputable peer-reviewed academic journals. 
We are delighted to announce Shazna Buksh as a recipient of the DevNet Development Write-Up Grant for the 2023 round. Shazna, a lecturer at the University of the South Pacific, is currently working on an article focused on her research into the food choice motives of Pacific Islanders. Congratulations, Shazna, and best wishes as you write up your article.
Please like our page and visit our website to learn more about our DevNet Pacific Development Write-up Grants: 
https://devnet.org.nz/pacific-write-up-grants/
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1 month ago
DevNet

It's our pleasure to introduce the next recipient of the DevNet Pacific Development Research Grant for the 2023 round: Sefa Sakai, an early-career researcher at the University of the South Pacific.

Sefa's research focuses on the shifting dynamics of the lease economy in Fiji and its overall impacts on iTaukei's socio-economic, cultural, and political development. While the lease economy has been part of the land reforms since 1940, its implications have never been researched. It entails village and national governance, further compounded by the growing need for customary land for national development.

Sefa also received the DevNet Write-Up grant in 2021 and was supported by DevNet to attend the DevNet 2022 Conference in Auckland.

Congratulations to Sefa, his supervisor, and the University of the South Pacific
Please like our page and visit our website to learn more about our DevNet Pacific Development Research Grants: devnet.org.nz/pacific-development-research-grants/
Photos: Sefa and his field research.
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Its our pleasure to introduce the next recipient of the DevNet Pacific Development Research Grant for the 2023 round: Sefa Sakai, an early-career researcher at the University of the South Pacific.
Sefas research focuses on the shifting dynamics of the lease economy in Fiji and its overall impacts on iTaukeis socio-economic, cultural, and political development. While the lease economy has been part of the land reforms since 1940, its implications have never been researched. It entails village and national governance, further compounded by the growing need for customary land for national development.
Sefa also received the DevNet Write-Up grant in 2021 and was supported by DevNet to attend the DevNet 2022 Conference in Auckland. 
Congratulations to Sefa, his supervisor, and The University of the South Pacific
Please like our page and visit our website to learn more about our DevNet Pacific Development Research Grants: https://devnet.org.nz/pacific-development-research-grants/
Photos: Sefa and his field research.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Sefanaia Sakai - congratulations! Please share this...

Congratulations noqu gwadi

🙌Amazing 😎

Vinaka na gumatua!!

Totoka ta Seva,GB💖

Vinaka naboy

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