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Australia Awards alumnus Dr Abdul Hannan Waheed is making positive contributions to higher education quality assurance and journalism in the Maldives. He credits his educational experience in Australia with having influenced many of his achievements.

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  • Pakistan

Australia Awards alumna Mahroo Arshad is using her Australian education to create awareness in her homeland about development projects initiated by the Government of Pakistan.

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  • Nepal

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, we asked Australia Awards alumna Rajuna Singh from Nepal how this year’s theme of #EachforEqual resonates with her professional and personal achievements.

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  • Bangladesh

Australia Awards alumna Jhuma Dewan completed a Master of Environmental Science at Australian National University in Australia in 2006 through an Australia Awards Scholarship and has since worked to apply her newfound knowledge towards sustainable development in Bangladesh.

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  • Uganda

Social protection as a development policy in Uganda is growing, though slowly. Eighty per cent of citizens are still not covered for social security and protection, a situation Ssanyu Rebecca Ntongo, an Australia Leadership Award Fellowship alum, is determined to change.

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  • Indonesia

Through Batik Girl program, OzAlum Lusia Efriani teaches female inmates to sew batik doll dresses, and gives them a way to earn income while serving their sentences.

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  • Kenya

For years, fishermen launched their boats onto Kenya’s Lake Victoria knowing they would return with an abundant catch. Then things changed. Overexploitation meant fishermen returned to shore empty-handed. Alumna Rosemary Wanasunia is determined to turn the tide.

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  • Indonesia

For #OzAlum Endra Marsudi, Indonesia’s large population, complex social and economic challenges make it fertile ground to germinate ideas for new start-up companies.

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  • Indonesia

OzAlum Dr Sidrotun Naim has spent the past weeks on Indonesian social media, correcting misinformation and dispelling myths about the novel coronavirus.

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  • Ghana

When Alumna Rosemary Okla returned home from studying in Australia, she was in a strong position to support women in Ghana to find jobs and flourish in the small-scale mining industry, while operating responsibly and sustainably. Determined to find a solution, Rosemary began working on how Ghana could diversify from gold mining.

  • Australia Awards
  • Ghana

Australia Awards alumna Georgette Barnes Sakyi-Addo already knows the potential and role of women in the mining sector from the inside out. She is working tirelessly since 2012 to promote the active role of women, and today she is at the forefront of mining in Ghana.

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  • Papua New Guinea

Charles Sturt University student, Dylan Male, reflects on his “profoundly transformative “and “life-changing” New Colombo Plan scholarship to Papua New Guinea, and also shares his hopes and excitement for his new role as NCP Alumni Ambassador in 2020. Read more.