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ANU to help measure global gender data gaps in poverty

Gender Institute members Associate Professor Sharon Bessell, Director of Research at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, and Associate Professor Janet Hunt, Deputy Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences and Research Associate at the Development Policy Centre at the Crawford School, are  leading ANU’s research team  to develop a new gender-sensitive poverty measure. The team will partner with the International Women's Development Agency and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in a new $9.5 million project to develop a world-first gender-sensitive and multidimensional individual measure of poverty. GI member Mandy Yap is a Research Fellow on the project, which also includes Dr Helen Suich, Trang Pham, Rowena Childs, and Hieu Nguyen at the ANU.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop launched the Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM) during her opening speech to the 2017 Australasian Aid Conference at ANU.

"It's important our support has an impact and so I ... announce today that the Australian government is supporting a $9.5 million partnership with the ANU and the International Women's Development Agency to research and implement a program that analyses the extent of the disadvantage faced by individuals particularly women and girls in these scenarios," Minister Bishop said.

"The result will be the Individual Deprivation Measure, a data tool for policy makers to better target our Aid and improve its effectiveness. So congratulations to ANU and International Women's Development Agency."

Read the full ANU news article here.

More information on the Individual Deprivation Measures is available at the IDM website on




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Date posted

Monday, 27 February 2017

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