In 1997, the Australian Government designed the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) volunteer program and following a two year pilot tendered it on the open market, selecting Scope Global as the service provider in 2001. The AYAD program was a signature initiative of the Australian Government that aimed to strengthen mutual understanding between Australia and countries in Asia, the Pacific and Africa whilst making a positive contribution to development. The Program achieved these aims by placing skilled young Australians (18-30) on short-term volunteer assignments of 3-12 months duration in developing countries in Asia, the Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa. AYAD volunteers worked with local counterparts in host organisations to achieve sustainable development outcomes through capacity building, skills transfer and institutional strengthening.
Scope Global was contracted by the Australian Government to manage all aspects of AYAD between 2002 up until the retirement of the AYAD brand and program in 2014. After an evaluation by the Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE), this decision was taken to retire the AYAD brand in order to consolidate all Australian Government funded international volunteering under a single brand, Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) which Scope Global continues to manage.
Key AYAD facts:
- Scope Global supported more than 4300 young Australians to live and work overseas in 23 countries throughout Asia, the Pacific and Africa
- More than 2000 overseas organisations, including grassroots civil society organisations, national and international NGOs, education institutions and multilateral organisations, hosted an AYAD
- More than 4000 returned AYADs are part of Scope Global’s Australian Volunteers Alumni Community
More than 350 Australian organisations supported one or more young Australians on their volunteering journey