According to Shayne, who is also CEO of the City of Melville in Western Australia, this year sees the program running with 29 mentor-mentee partnerships, and an excellent lineup of projects with focuses including providing materials and books for primary schools, economic and social Inclusion of people with disabilities, raising gender equity in the workplace, and reducing open defecation in rural communities.
About the IMP
As the IMP enables a series of community projects, it enhances local governance and provides better service delivery, boosts economic productivity and growth, creates innovative financing for better accountability, and contributes to sustainable development and urban resilience for the communities it operates in. These secondary goals are intricately entwined in the main objective of enhancing individual capacity to design and implement development projects efficiently – enabling young people to take the lead in improving their own community and country.
Our mentors from Australian councils – who are not only experts in their fields but are also galvanized to make a positive difference – provide the motivation and guidance mentees need to develop the skills, knowledge and experience required to contribute to a better future for their countries. In collaboration with our international and local partners, many of our mentees’ projects have achieved significant and meaningful outcomes across a wide range of projects impacting their communities in diverse ways.