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Australian High Commission, Kenya
Launch of Facebook Page
The Australian High Commission in Nairobi is now saying “karibu” (welcome) to East Africa on Facebook! The Facebook Page will share news, public diplomacy and event announcements for the whole region.
Visit us at: https://www.facebook.com/australiaineastafrica
Australia Awards Call for Applications
The call for applications for the 2015-16 Australia Awards intake, for both Masters and short course awards, opened on 1 September 2014 and will close on 16 January 2015. Applications can be made online via the Australia Awards in Africa website: www.australiaawardsafrica.org. The promotional Africa Fellowships (short courses) and Scholarships (Masters) brochures are available to assist applicants determine their eligibility for an Australian Award. The Awards program targets the extractives, agriculture and public policy sectors, with some health Masters also available.
- The Australian High Commission held a breakfast event to launch White Ribbon Day (www.whiteribbon.org.au) and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women at the Amani ya Juu café in Nairobi on 25 November. They followed this up with 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence through daily posts of messages by male staff on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/australiaineastafrica). The High Commission also hosted the African Premiere of “I Will Not Be Silenced”, a powerful documentary that follows Australian Charlotte Campbell-Stephen's battle for justice in the Kenyan legal system following her horrific gang rape. During her seven-year quest for justice, supported by a courageous high-ranking Kenyan police officer and senior legal officials, much is at stake. Charlotte’s life is in constant danger. But her indomitable strength, courage and outrage at the lack of rights for Kenyan women inspired her fight and has brought many silenced women out of the dark to stand at her side. The showing was followed by a Q&A session with Charlotte and Jane Anyango (a prominent community leader in the Kibera slums), moderated by Andrea Bohnstedt, which initiated a lively discussion about gender-based violence. More information on the film can be found at www.facebook.com/iwillnotbesilencedfilm
High Commissioner Geoff Tooth launching White Ribbon Day
- In the week leading up to Remembrance Day and the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, the High Commission initiated a number of events. The William Dartnell Memorial Lecture, delivered by James Willson, a local historian, was held at the Muthaiga Club on 5 November, and included an educational display of photos from the war, and the area where events unfolded. These photoboards are now on display at the High Commission. The High Commissioner, H.E. Geoff Tooth, also wrote an op-ed for the Weekend Star newspaper about the significance of Remembrance Day to Kenya and East Africa. The Australian High Commission and the British High Commission held a friendly cricket match on 8 November. Finally, the High Commissioner and Defence Attaché attended the Remembrance Sunday commemorative service held at the Nairobi War Cemetery on 9 November.
High Commissioner Geoff Tooth and Defence Attache Wes Volant carrying a wreath
- The High Commission hosted a reception for Australia Awards recipients for the 2015 intake in Nairobi, Kenya, on 29 October 2014. In attendance were awardees from across the East Africa region, as well as the High Commissioner, H.E. Geoff Tooth, senior government representatives, diplomats, Australia Awards Alumni, and other invited guests. The High Commission wishes all awardees the best of luck in their studies in 2015!
The High Commissioner, H.E. Geoff Tooth celebrates with Australia Awards recipients from Uganda
- A Victorian State election has been announced for 29 November 2014. Electors can contact the Victorian Election Commission (VEC) directly by telephone: +61 3 8620 1100, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Election enquiries can also be directed to the VEC website at http://www.vec.gov.au/.
- On 8 October, High Commissioner H.E. Geoff Tooth visited Plan International in Uganda, which is implementing a 5 year DFAT supported project 'Promoting Rights and Accountabilities in African Communities' (PRAAC) from 2011 to 2016. The project aims at ensuring improved social and economic benefits for marginalized people, as well as promoting stronger and more inclusive communities through providing an enabling legal, policy and institutional environment.
High Commissioner Geoff Tooth and Counsellor for Development Cooperation, Ms Anna Dorney, joined participants in a training for police officers on statement recording and handling and responding to cases of gender-based violence
- The Australian Government has selected some 200 professionals from 22 African countries to take up Australia Awards Scholarships at Masters and PhD level at Australian universities from January 2015.
- His Excellency Geoff Tooth, Australian High Commissioner to Uganda, opened a high-level symposium on Mining and Agriculture at the Speke Resort, Munyonyo from 8 October to 10 October. The three-day symposium “From Resource Curse to Development Driver” brought together 100 Australian alumni from 25 African countries and another 50 researchers, decision-makers, activists, and officials from governments, NGOs and international research institutions. Agriculture and mining are critical to the growth of economies in sub-Saharan Africa. Australia is a world leader in innovation in both fields. The Australian aid program funds activities to share Australia’s experiences with African nations and support African governments to harness these sectors for development.
H.E. Geoff Tooth, Australia's High Commissioner to Uganda, speaks during the official opening of the Mining and Agriculture Symposium at the Speke Resort in Kampala
- The INTERPOL Environmental Security Office was launched at the Australian High Commissioner’s residence in Muthaiga on Monday, 6 October. The office, based in INTERPOL’s Regional Bureau for East Africa in Nairobi, will work on a number of environmental issues with a particular focus on addressing the illegal trafficking of ivory and rhinoceros horn. INTERPOL’s Environmental Security Office will assist in enhancing cooperation between government, the private sector and NGOs, and thus boost the capacity of law enforcement agencies to act against the illicit wildlife trade.
Head of INTERPOL's Environmental Security Sub-Directorate, David Higgins elaborates on the strategy of the newly established INTERPOL Environmental Security Office during the launch at the Australian High Commissioner's residence
- The Australian Iconz visited Kenya from 24 to 28 September to participate in the Safaricom Sevens rugby tournament. A reception was held at the High Commissioner’s residence on 24 September and the team visited Gatina Primary School in Kawangware on 25 September for coaching sessions with the children through a sports development programme organized by Little Sports.
The Australian Iconz rugby team donated jerseys and schoolbooks to the children of Gatina Primary School during their visit to the school which was organised by Little Sports, a sports development organisation
- The Tanzania Australia Alumni Association was launched on 22 September in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Association was formed by alumni of the Australia Awards Scholarships program in Tanzania. It is expected to promote Australian scholarships and support development efforts in Tanzania, as well as provide a platform to engage alumni in developmental matters and links to Australian government.
Participants pose for a group photo outside the Serena Hotel, with Mrs Katherine Parkinson, Second Secretary at the Australian High Commission (centre front row) and Mr Asif Khan, Senior Program Manager for Scholarships at the Australian High Commission (extreme left)
- A dinner for the alumni from the University of Melbourne was held at the Hotel Protea in Kampala on 12 September. It was attended by Mr. Patrick Bitature, the Honorary Consul in Uganda; Mr. Patrick Barugahare, the Australia Awards Alumni Ambassador to Uganda; and Mr Aggrey Kagonyera, Chairman of the Australia Alumni Association of Uganda. All alumni had been supported through the Australian Awards Scholarships provided by the Australian Government. This was their first University gathering and the first one the University had run in Uganda.
University of Melbourne alumni pose for a photo with Mr Rob Moodie, Professor of Public Health from the University of Melbourne (centre seated)
- Deputy Head of Mission Ms Amanda Davis opened the Tumaini Miles of Smiles Polytechnic in Eldoret, which seeks to provide community education in skills such as sewing and carpentry, on 26 September. The project was funded through the High Commission's Direct Aid Program.
Deputy Head of Mission Ms Amanda Davis (left) with Ms Rose Bugusu, the Director of the Polytechnic, at the opening of the Tumaini Miles of Smiles Polytechnic in Eldoret
- The Australian Foreign Affairs Minister The Hon Julie Bishop MP announced additional assistance of $5 million for Somalia on 10 September 2014. The funding will be directed to the United Nations' Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) to provide Somalis in need with emergency food, water, sanitation, shelter and medical assistance. The full press release can be found here.
- High Commissioner to Tanzania H.E. Geoff Tooth visited Arusha from 23 to 26 August 2014. He met with Australian volunteers, visited the UMOJA project and also the Nronga biogas project and women dairy cooperative society, where biogas was identified in this region as a suitable sustainability development for the community to complement existing poverty alleviation activities and plans to adopt Zero Grazing dairy methods.
- The Australian Foreign Affairs Minister The Hon Julie Bishop MP announced additional assistance of $5 million for South Sudan on 17 August 2014. The funding will be directed to the United Nations' Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF). The full press release can be found here.
- High Commissioner to Kenya H.E. Geoff Tooth visited the AACES programs in Laikipia and Isiolo Counties on 22 and 23 July 2014. The High Commissioner, the County Governments and other partners gained insight into the AACES project activities managed by the Anglican Overseas Aid and ActionAid. The Australia Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES) is an Australian Government funded scheme that helps to enhance food security and reduce mother and child related deaths in the Rift Valley, Nyanza, Eastern and Coast regions in Kenya. The program is being implemented in Kenya by ActionAid International Kenya, Mothers Union of the Anglican Church, World Vision Kenya, Plan International Kenya and Marie Stopes Kenya.
Australian High Commissioner, H.E. Geoff Tooth, with the Maasai Warriors cricket team after a friendly game at the Il Polei Sports Ground in Laikipia County
- The Kenya Australian Alumni Association was launched in April 2013 and with over 300 prospective members, it provides a forum for networking and sharing ideas. The Association will also promote Australian scholarships and support development efforts in Kenya. Click here to view the website for more information.
- The Australia Alumni Association of Uganda was launched in 2012 to act as a platform through which members of the Association can network and interact as a group. Click here to view the website for more information.
- The Australian High Commissioner to Kenya, H.E. Geoff Tooth, was interviewed on Australia's trade and commercial links, education and tourism exchanges, and Australia's assistance to humanitarian programs in the East African region. Watch his interview here.
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