Project budget- 13. 2 million THB
Project location- Southeast Asia Region
Donor– International Development Research Center (IDRC), Canada
Project duration- December 2021 – February2027
Primary SDG Goal of focus: 10. Reduced Inequalities
Related SDG Goals of Focus: 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
Description- The project seeks to overcome the deficit in local knowledge, use of evidence and leadership by establishing two inter-disciplinary research chairs on forced displacement in two major Asian universities with regional outreach. Both universities will join forces with the large community of international donors and civil society in Thailand, a major regional host of displaced populations, to promote greater gender equality and better solutions for displaced populations. The project will support research on the livelihoods of forcibly displaced peoples, in particular those at the Thai Myanmar border and those displaced due to land grabbing and climate change in other parts of the Mekong region (Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Vietnam). It will also produce gender research on displacement in neighboring Bangladesh and the Mekong region while mentoring a new cohort of young Asian graduate students seeking to advance gender equality in the region. This project is part of a five-year IDRC initiative on forced displacement that funds a total of eight research chairs in established universities in four different areas of the world (Middle East, East Africa, the Americas, and Southeast Asia). The aim of the initiative is to empower southern-based universities to define local research agendas with practical, gender-responsive solutions to promote the social, economic, and political rights of forcibly displaced persons and host communities in the Global South.