Commonwealth Scholarships for sustainable development

Posted on 8 October 2019

Eleven Commonwealth scholars are now embarking on our Masters of Public Administration (International Development), an online programme with the Department of Social Policy and Social Work. The programme has been designed to equip public service professionals with the knowledge and skills to analyse, influence and implement development policies and programmes.

The Department of Social Policy and Social Work is delighted to welcome a new cohort of students who have been awarded a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship, funded by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. The scholarship-holders are based in eight countries (Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) and span a wide range of organisations and sectors, working on issues as diverse as anti-corruption measures, electoral reform, digital inclusion and sustainable livelihoods.

Chrispin Banda

Chrispin Banda, from Malawi, commented: “This course will aid me in carrying out my job effectively as it will provide me with skills and expertise to better contribute to the fight against the marginalisation of underprivileged people, and equip me with the skills to foster development both at local/community and national level. The fact that I come from a least developed country contributed to deciding to embark on this study journey, as the country needs more skilled professionals in the area.”



Doreen Mulema

A recent alum from the scholarship programme, Doreen Mulema, notes that: “Understanding the policy-making process from start to finish has given me the ability to analyse some of the problems we face as a nation more quickly and frame them correctly, especially in the area of good governance and effective service delivery through public procurement. The Commonwealth Scholarship gave me an opportunity to acquire this knowledge and to share it with my team. The reflective practice modules have also enabled me to discover new knowledge and connect learning with practice in order to support effective service delivery. I have recently been promoted, as a direct result, I believe, of my studies at the University of York, and will therefore be able to make an even greater contribution."

The programme leader, Sophie MacKinder, commented: “We are delighted to welcome our new Commonwealth Scholarship–holders to our international learning community. Through these studies, they will be able to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in ways that directly contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. We are especially pleased to be able to partner with the Commonwealth Scholarship, building on our experience over many years of effective online study, and wish all of our new students an exciting and fruitful experience on their Masters course.”

For further information about our online postgraduate programmes for public service professionals or anyone working closely with public services, please see our programmes pages.

Find out more about programme leader Sophie MacKinder on her profile.

Discover our online International Development MPA.