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Mr Ajmal worked as an Institutional Development Specialist in the USAID funded Assessment and Strengthening Program
Mr Ajmal worked as an Institutional Development Specialist in the USAID funded Assessment and Strengthening Program

Muhammad Ajmal moved with his family halfway across the world to Brisbane, in order to pursue a Master of Development Practice (Development Planning).

“The best part about my study was that it enhanced my desire to bring about positive change in the community, government, local and global environments,” he said.
 
“The Masters of Development Practice (Development Planning) was a highly structured programme that provided specific skills and competencies to address the needs of developing countries in a variety of areas like urban & regional planning, strategic planning, social planning and development”.
 
After his return to Pakistan Mr Ajmal worked in government, the not-for-profit sector and finally as an Institutional Development Specialist in the USAID funded Assessment and Strengthening Program (ASP-AiD) in Islamabad. His core responsibilities included program and project planning and implementation for local organisations.
 
“It was my job to ensure the organizational governance, financial management, procurements and monitoring and evaluation systems were in place for smooth, efficient and transparent functioning,” he said.
 
Mr Ajmal has had an extensive career, also working as a consultant with the Asian Development Bank, and participating in research studies financed by significant global players in the reduction of poverty such as DFID (UK), CIDA and the EU.
 
He has now relocated to Canada where Mr Ajmal hopes to further his professional and academic career, and continue to pursue his interests in planning and international development.
 
When reflecting on his time at UQ Mr Ajmal is particularly grateful to his supervisors who helped him with his research project on the impact of globalization in developing countries, for which he received the Peterwood Memorial Award.
 
“When I started work on my dissertation the topic seemed very elusive, and I felt that I wouldn’t be able to make it to the end. It was made possible only by the constant encouragement and supervision of Dr Manokumarasuriyar that in the end I came up with a document that earned high distinction.”
 
It was a teary farewell for the Ajmal family when they left Australia.
 
“Australia is like a second home to us” said Muhammad, “We still fondly recall our time spent in Brisbane.”

Last updated: Nov 22, 2012