Australia Awards in Africa, which is responsible for awards in 50 African countries, has scooped the First Highly Commended in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) inaugural Disability-Inclusive Development Awards.
The initiative has been lauded for its innovation that is evident at all levels of the Scholarships and Fellowships process. This innovation includes a unique approach to marketing through a range of networks, establishing social networks with alumni and candidates and a Disability Access and Equity Fund to promote participation:
“The involvement of people with disability is evident throughout including the hosting of an annual roundtable. The team utilised the great work being done by the Australia Awards Office, Scholarships, Policy and Management Section in Canberra, in setting the policy framework and they also deserve recognition,” said Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Australia Awards in Africa aims to ensure that people with a disability are given fair and equal opportunity to compete for and obtain a scholarship. We strongly encourage applications from Africans with disability and have put in place mechanisms to support applicants and Scholars requiring specific assistance.