Review of the contract for the In-Country Management of the New Zealand Development Scholarship and Short-Term Training Award schemes in PNG

Training Scholarships Foreign aid Papua New Guinea
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This report provides an assessment of the first-year performance of GRM International Pty Ltd, the organisation contracted by NZAID to manage the pre-award processes of two NZAID scholarships schemes in Papua New Guinea (PNG): the New Zealand Development Scholarships scheme in the Public category (NZDS-Public) and the Short Term Training Awards scheme (STTA). The report raises questions about the place of scholarships and training under the PNG country programme, and whether an allocation of NZDS scholarships under the Open category should be transferred to the PNG programme from the contestable regional scheme. It includes recommendations to further improve the efficiency of scholarships management and administration, and notes lessons learned for future development of contracts to outsource scholarships functions.

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