Australia Awards- Africa: Developing capacity and leadership of Malagasy professionals
A workshop for the seven Malagasy beneficiaries of masters’ scholarships of the Australian government under the Australia Awards – Africa program will be held on 20 and 21 November 2017 at the Carlton Hotel, Antananarivo. The aim of this pre-departure briefing workshop is to prepare the awardees to live and study in Australia when they start their studies in the beginning of 2018.
The Australian government continues to support the sustainable socio-economic development of Madagascar through capacity building under the Australia Awards program in public policy, extractives and agricultural productivity. Since 2012, more than a hundred Malagasy professionals (55 % women) have benefitted from this program mainly in short courses.
This year, twenty-eight Malagasy nationals have been selected for awards under the program. Six of these awardees from the civil society recently participated in a Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) fellowship program on blue economy with emphasis on blue carbon.
Moreover, part of the Australia Awards’ programs on mining governance of the University of Sydney and University of Queensland were held in Madagascar this year. While fifteen Malagasy professionals participated in the University of Sydney’s fellowship program, the University of Queensland short course enabled twenty-four participants from eleven African countries (including Madagascar) to learn about the mining sector in Madagascar and better understand the challenges of the sector in Africa.
Announcing the calls for the next intakes in September 2017, HE Jenny Dee, Australian Ambassador said “this program provides the opportunity for the recipients to benefit from a world-class education, training and support delivered by Australian universities so that they can bring an important contribution to the socio-economic development of their respective countries upon their return. We hope that more Malagasy professionals would be able to take advantage in key sectors such as agriculture, environment and management of natural resources including marine resources."
Women and persons with a disability are strongly encouraged to apply for an Australia Award. The program can provide support to applicants and awardees requiring assistance
Applications under the Australia Awards-Africa program are currently open and in this context, information sessions are scheduled this week in Antananarivo. Interested candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria on www.australiawardsafrica.org and contact Palladium, Administrator of the program in Africa. Deadlines for applications are as follows:
- Masters 2019 : 15 December 2017
- Short Course Awards 2018-19 : 15 January 2018