Initial discussions on a five-year plan for Maldives and Sri Lanka were held at the Maldives office on 1 – 2 August.
These discussions were guided by the current national development plans of each country and AusAID’s proposed country strategy, where applicable. The intention was to ensure that longer-term planning for the scholarships program aligned with AusAID’s broader aid objectives in the Maldives and Sri Lanka.
The planning discussions identified some key objectives for the next five years, with special focus on targetting within priority sectors, themes and fields of study, inclusion targets and opportunities to expand alumni activity in each country.
The planning discussions in Male’ were attended by AusAID’s Program Manager Ms Chandrika de Alwis, Regional Coordinator Mr Neville Saunderson and the country teams from the Maldives and Sri Lanka.