11 Dec 2017

Australia cuts Pacific Leadership Programme

From , 6:02 am on 11 December 2017

Australia's aid funding for the Pacific Leadership Programme has been axed and the scheme will finish at the end of this month.

The Minister for International Development and the Pacific says A$46million has been spent on supporting the programme since 2008.

Concetta Fierravanti-Wells says an independent evaluation of the scheme done in April showed mixed results regarding value for money, was not effective as it could have been and needed to be reshaped.

Ms Fierravanti-Wells told Jenny Meyer Australia now has a new focus for its Pacific aid with the priorities set by the Pacer Plus trade agreement and the Pacific Island Forum discussions.

The General Manager of Tonga Netball, Salote Sisifa, was among the participants.

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