Improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Myanmar

Access to sexual and reproductive health services are vital for young people to understand their bodies, protect their health and realise their full potential. Through our Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP), Australia supports organisations like Burnet Institute to deliver quality sexual and reproductive health education to vulnerable individuals and communities in our region. By Lia …

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Championing Child Rights in Myanmar

By Catherine Middleton, Programs & Compliance Officer at International Needs Australia In the beautiful but remote mountain villages of Myanmar’s Kayin State, decades of conflict left communities isolated and under-resourced. Despite ongoing human rights challenges across Myanmar, these villagers have slowly become more secure, and are eager to improve their circumstances and promote equality between …

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Early childhood education and development community teachers participating in training under Local Solutions to Poverty program in Gorontalo, Sulawesi island, Indonesia.

Early learning helps break the cycle of poverty

    by Deviana Dewi, Senior Program Manager, Poverty and Social Development at the Australian Embassy, Indonesia November marks my first anniversary working at DFAT – an opportunity to reflect on the work that I have done here. As an Indonesian national working for the Australian Government on multilateral development programs with the World Bank, …

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Breaking the Cycle of Violence Against Women and Girls

In order to break the chain of inter-generational violence, we need to tackle the root causes of violence against women and girls. We need to change the behaviour and attitudes of men, and challenge masculine stereotypes, which make aggression and violence against women acceptable. We need to promote the concept of men as caring fathers and supportive partners. We need more male role models and champions to take action and condemn violence.

Australia and Papua New Guinea: connected through history

The Papua New Guinea that the world will see during APEC Leaders Week is a country ready to embrace the future and everything it has to offer. A country defined by its people – friendly and warm; hardworking and ambitious; always ready with a helping hand. Australia is proud to continue to work with Papua New Guinea during this important historical event, and beyond.  We know our future together will be as rich and meaningful as our history.

Australia Awards scholars sitting on the steps of the new science building at Australian National University Canberra

Educating the next generation of leaders

The Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility was established to better understand the long-term outcomes for alumni and conduct ongoing monitoring and evaluation to ensure continued effectiveness of the program. The Facility recently collected data from over 1,000 alumni from 36 different countries, who had completed an Australia Awards or predecessor scholarship in Australia between 1996 and 2005. The latest survey reveals that many alumni are now senior leaders, sharing their skills and knowledge with colleagues, and contributing to the sustainable development of their countries.