Laerdal Foundation: “Interactive Voice Response (IVR)-based health information for antenatal and postnatal care services in rural Bangladesh".

  • Awarded: $US40,000 to Professor Asad Islam

The project will use a mobile-phone based IVR system, particularly during the pandemic, to improve access to evidence-based health information on maternal and child health for women and their families, plus uptake of antenatal and postnatal and child health care.

DFAT: "Gendered Impacts of SME Policy Responses to Covid-19 in South East Asia: Examples from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam"

  • Awarded: $200,000 to Associate Professor Gaurav Datt, Professor Asad Islam and Associate Professor Wang-Sheng Lee (all CDES), Dr Samanthi Gunawardana (Gender and Development, Faculty of Arts, Monash University).

The project aims to uncover the gender impact of SME policy responses to the pandemic in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

The research will analyse how SMEs run by women are affected by access or lack thereof, to recovery and stimulus packages in the three target countries, and the efficacy of these measures from a gender perspective.