Development challenges in Indo-Pacific to be focus of new Lowy Institute research centre

The Lowy Institute has launched a new research centre to generate fresh policy insights and ideas on the most pressing economic development issues in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Indo-Pacific Development Centre (IPDC) will focus 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 to shape the future economic development of the region.

The work of the centre 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

The IPDC will house the Lowy Institute’s existing, ground-breaking Pacific Aid Map, a digital interactive that tracks all official development finance flows to the Pacific region. A new project tracking financing flows into Southeast Asia will also be launched in the coming months.

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

More details about the centre and the team of researchers who will contribute to its work can be found at the Lowy Institute website:


Shane McLeod
Director, Media and Communications