Koror – The U.S. Ambassador presents progress certificates for the University of the South Pacific (USP)/Pacific TAFE Project Management Practice course supported by USAID at the Palau Community College.

U.S. Ambassador Amy Hyatt presented yesterday the progress certificates to participants of the first Project Management course conducted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Palau.


The course is part of USAID’s partnership with the USP under its “ReadY” project to help Pacific Island countries become more environmentally and disaster resilient.

The Certificate in Project Management Practice is internationally recognized and course graduates are eligible for membership in the Australian, New Zealand and U.S. Project Management Institutes.

Participants of the course include mid-level managers of government departments — including the Office of the President — 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.

USAID’s Ready is a five-year project that works in 12 Pacific Island countries namely Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Through Ready, USAID works with government partners and other stakeholders to draft and implement policies that will improve partner countries’ access to larger amounts of project funding from international donors to prevent and mitigate the impacts of natural disasters, and strengthen the skills and systems within each country to better manage and monitor funded projects. [/restrict]