Scope Global manages Australia Awards for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Australia Awards – South and West Asia has a focus on the empowerment and inclusion of women, people with disability and individuals from other disadvantaged social groups.
Through a range of modalities – including Australia Awards Scholarships, targeted Short Courses, informal learning opportunities and professional development support for alumni – the program aims to:
- Develop capacity and leadership skills to enable individuals to contribute to development in their home country
- Build people-to-people linkages at the individual, institutional and country levels
- Support Australia’s public and economic public diplomacy agenda.
Following an intensive and targeted promotional campaign that attracted almost 2000 prospective applicants to information sessions in 2017, 211 Australia Awards Scholarships were offered to successful applicants for study commencing in 2018.
Short Courses were delivered in a broad range of areas aligned to country priorities in 2017 including countering violent extremism, disaster risk reduction, energy security and women in leadership. Of the 495 Australia Awards offered in 2017, 284 were for Short Courses – an increase of 75% from the Short Courses delivered in 2016.