University secures $2.1 million of AusAID funding

12 July 2012

The University has secured seven international grants worth a total of $2.1 million in the latest round of AusAID's Public Sector Linkages Program.

The biggest award of $900,000 was won by Associate Professor Michael Dibley in Sydney Medical School for a project to improve infant and young child feeding practices in South Asia.

Professor Peter McMinn from SMS secured funding to build the capacity of the National Health Laboratory in Timor-Leste in communicable disease surveillance, and Professor Merrilyn Walton received funding for a project to improve data collection at Bach Mai Hospital in Vietnam.

In the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, Adjunct Professor Bill Rathmell and Professor Peter Sharp were successful in their bid to strengthen agricultural education and extension services in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, to help achieve sustainable improvements in rural poverty and food security. Associate Professor Robyn McConchie and Dr Anowarul Bokshi received funding for a project in Bangladesh to improve postharvest and supply chain management of vegetables.

Sydney Business School and the Faculty of Engineering and IT also received grants. Dr Nigel Finch and Professor Andrew Terry will partner with the Mongolian Ministry of Finance, the Financial Regulatory Commission of Mongolia, and the Mongolian Stock Exchange to deliver a program aimed at enhancing sustainable economic growth by improving transparency and accountability in the country's key public sectors. Professor Eduardo Nebot, Director of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics will lead a project to address the design, deployment and training of modern mining safety technology and methods that can have long-term impact on mining operations management in South America.

The seven successful projects bring the total number of PSLP grants secured by the University since 2007 to 22, with a total value of almost $5 million.

Thomas Soem, Development Manager (Resources) in the International Portfolio, said: "The purpose of the PSLP is to strengthen whole-of-government responses to issues and priorities affecting Australia's national interests and achieve nationally determined development outcomes in selected countries in Asia, the Pacific, Africa and Latin America.

"The University has been an active contributor and partner in realising such goals by transferring capacity-building skills and expertise to public sector counterpart institutions, supporting the strengthening of sustainable and development-focused public sector bilateral and regional linkages."

In 2012-13 the PSLP will be replaced by a new initiative, the Government Partnerships for Development program, to allow for more effective delivery of Australian overseas development aid. The International Portfolio will continue to be the University's focal point for engagement with AusAID, providing intelligence, grant-writing and project management support.

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