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Indo-Pacific Development Centre

The Indo-Pacific Development Centre (IPDC) is a policy research centre at the Lowy Institute dedicated to generating fresh policy insights and ideas on the most pressing economic development issues in the Indo-Pacific region. The IPDC focuses on key challenges facing emerging and developing economies in Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and South Asia as well as the role of more advanced Indo-Pacific economies such as Australia, the United States, Japan, China, and others in helping shape the future economic development of the region.

The work of the IPDC is organised around six key themes:

  • Post-Covid recovery, growth and development
  • Climate finance and decarbonising development
  • Technology and the digital economy
  • Globalisation and regional integration
  • The future of international development finance
  • Geoeconomics and the intersection of development and security

As part of its development finance pillar, the IPDC houses the Lowy Institute’s Pacific Aid Map, a digital interactive that tracks all official development finance flows to the Pacific region.

The IPDC has been established with the support of multi-year funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Pacific Aid Map 2022
Interactives
Pacific Aid Map 2022
Updated research shows the unprecedented disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Pacific Islands region caused upheaval in how international donors provide aid to the…
Upgrading Cambodia’s Economic Model for a Post-COVID-19 World
Commentary
Upgrading Cambodia’s Economic Model for a Post-COVID-19 World
Published by the Cambodia Annual Outlook Conference ↗
Six reasons to be cautious about Australia establishing a DFI
Six reasons to be cautious about Australia establishing a DFI
In The Interpreter this week, Roland Rajah presented five reasons for establishing a Development Finance Institution (DFI). While he makes a good case, like any major policy…
Five reasons Australia should establish a Development Finance Institution
Five reasons Australia should establish a Development Finance Institution
The Australian government has recently announced a Development Finance Review. One big idea actively under consideration is establishing an Australian development finance…
Digital finance makes international cooperation even more important
Digital finance makes international cooperation even more important
In an excellent recent article for the International Monetary Fund, Cornell University’s Eswar Prasad lays out the potential benefits and costs of digital finance. “The era of…
Does Southeast Asia need a new development model?
Interactives
Does Southeast Asia need a new development model?
A Lowy Institute debate, with contributions from leading Southeast Asian experts.
India’s economy after Covid
India’s economy after Covid
One cost of the past two years of limited air travel is that it became too easy to lose touch with what was really happening in other countries. Having not returned in a number of…
Is the East Asian growth and development superhighway closing? So what?
Commentary
Is the East Asian growth and development superhighway closing? So what?
Published by the Development Intelligence Lab ↗
Where to for trade policy?
Where to for trade policy?
With the signing of an interim “free trade” deal with India, and an agreement with the European Union nearing the final stages, Australia has moved closer to the previous…
Mapping Southeast Asian development assistance
Mapping Southeast Asian development assistance
Over the past two years, the global pandemic has had staggering economic and social impacts in Southeast Asia, pushing millions into extreme poverty. As economies slowly emerge…
Australian Financial Review
5 December 2022
Radio New Zealand
23 November 2022
The National (PNG)
20 October 2022
The Australian Financial Review
27 September 2022
ABC Radio National Breakfast
5 July 2022
The Saturday Paper
27 August 2022
ABC Radio National Breakfast
5 July 2022
Business Times Singapore
2 August 2022
Canberra Times
14 December 2021
The Canberra Times
16 November 2021