This report details the outcomes of a case study of Kenyan alumni of Australian development scholarships. Alumni in this case study completed their scholarships between the mid-1980s and the mid-1990s.
Alumni have used their skills, knowledge and networks to contribute to achieving Kenyan development goals in the areas of economic development, food security and environmental management, including increasing agriculture exports and trade by establishing a regulatory body for plant health to support exports and imports into European and Middle Eastern markets. Alumni provided strong examples of long-term relationships developed through collaboration on research projects, professional links with Australia, and in the strengthening of networks through ongoing engagement with the Australian High Commission.
The Australia Awards have achieved their long-term outcome for these Kenyan alumni, who viewed Australia, Australians and Australian expertise positively. Alumni in this case study were awarded scholarships in a period of substantial Australian Government investment in scholarships in Africa and have seen the benefits for a number of their peers. All alumni included in this case study benefited greatly from their scholarships and noted the impact on their careers.
This research was conducted by the Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility to provide the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with evidence to evaluate the impact of the Australia Awards.