Nukualofa – On international women’s day, 9 Tongan women were presented graduation certificates by Mr. Sean Callahan, USAID’s Deputy Mission Director for Pacific Islands and Mongolia . Mr. Callahan presented certificates of completion to participants who attended the first Project Management course conducted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Kingdom of Tonga.
The course is part of the USAID’s partnership with the University of the South Pacific under its Ready Project to help Pacific Island countries become more environmentally and disaster resilient. The Certificate in Project Management Practice, the first training event conducted by USAID in Tonga, is internationally recognized; course completers are eligible for membership in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand Project Management Institutes.
Graduates of the course include mid-level managers of government departments and non- governmental organizations, as well as representatives from the private sector. The five-month course helps leaders strengthen their management skills to design and effectively implement disaster resilience projects.
Ready is a five year Pacific-wide regional project funded by USAID. USAID Ready works in 11 Pacific Island Countries: Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.