June 2014: blog aid series, random news, and the TPP

Welcome to another NZADDs email update,

Blog Series on New Zealand Aid
Our main news for June is that the Development Policy Centre are very kindly hosting a blog series on New Zealand aid, which we are coordinating. The series will contain posts discussing what’s working in New Zealand aid and development, and what could be changed.

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Aid Budget 2014/15

The budget delivered in Wellington last week contained no major surprises for aid. We’ve had a National Party government for nearly six years, and those years have already proven lean ones for aid. This year’s budget does not change that.

As it is budgeted, New Zealand’s aid spend for the coming financial year is effectively identical to this year’s. Although starting July 2015 (which is the first year of a new three year spending tranche) aid is – as Figure 1 below shows – forecast to rise in nominal terms.

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