Welcome to NZADDs. We’re an independent group of academics and practitioners working together to promote dialogue and critical thinking about New Zealand’s role in international development.
Be it through aid, trade, immigration, or environmental policy (to name just a few), decisions made in New Zealand have real impacts on the the lives of people living in poverty in other countries. If we as a country want to help reduce global poverty and tackle global issues we need considered, well-intentioned policy and practice. NZADDs is committed to promoting this.
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Hello and welcome to a very brief NZADDs update,
This one’s just a heads-up letting you know to…
Save the Date
Clear a space in your schedule so you can attend ’Looking Forward: New Zealand Aid Beyond 2015′, from 1:00 – 5:30pm, in Wellington, on Wednesday 4 September 2013.
The Council for International Development, the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, and New Zealand Aid and Development Dialogues are organising this event to provide a forum for discussing the future of New Zealand aid. We’re lucky to have Professor Stephen Howes, Director of the Development Policy Centre at the Australian National University, as our keynote speaker. Stephen has a wealth of experience in international aid and development, and was part of the Australian Independent Aid Effectiveness review. Check out Stephen’s bio below for more.
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Yesterday was budget day, and you will be pleased to know that here in the NZADDs admin division we’ve taken time out from our hectic schedule of log-frames and high level meetings to provide you with some budget analysis.
It is preliminary, done quickly, and somewhat provisional. We’re still hoping to get proper GNI figures from Treasury for example.
To read this email properly you will need to click ‘show images’ in your email browser. Or you can read it as a pdf here.
If you’re looking for a handy way of putting the New Zealand aid budget into perspective here’s a thought. The increase in Australia’s aid next financial year is going to be larger than the entire New Zealand aid Budget.
Of course, the Australian economy is much larger than New Zealand’s but even when taking this into account, the increases in Australian aid stand in stark contrast to a New Zealand aid budget that is barely growing. New Zealand’s budgeted ODA spend for the 2013/14 financial year is $567 million NZD. That is an increase on the estimated spend of $558 million NZD for this financial year, but as an increase it is less than expected inflation (so actually a small aid cut in real terms), and less than anticipated GNI growth, meaning New Zealand’s aid to GNI ratio will fall. Figure 1 below illustrates this.
(Note that future GNI figures are our estimates based on numbers from the last budget adjusted for changed GDP growth; we are awaiting official GNI data from Treasury and will update this post when we have it. We do not anticipate major adjustments.) [Update: we now have official GNI projections from Treasury (thank you!). These are reflected in the updated figure 1 below. Note that the only change is that Aid/GNI in 2014/15 is 0.25% not 0.26%).]
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