Welcome to NZADDs

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.

You can read more about NZADDs on our about page. For contact information see our contact page. Keep scrolling down to read our most recent updates on New Zealand Development Policy.

New aid policy & stumbling towards transparency

Hi and welcome to an NZADDs update,

New aid policy
Late last year the New Zealand Aid Programme released its new policy statement. There was little fanfare but the policy is — on paper at least — a clear break from the previous era of New Zealand aid. You can download it here.

The policy emphasises the Pacific (which isn’t a change) and sustainable development (which is). Economic development remains a pillar of New Zealand aid, but one amongst others. Social development, the environment and governance are all emphasised. There’s also talk of partnership and values. The new policy signals change.
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An inquiry into aid to the Pacific

Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade select committee is holding an inquiry into New Zealand’s aid to the Pacific.

You can read more about it here. The inquiry sought public submissions. The closing date for submissions was 30 August 2019. All public submissions are now available here.

A number of members of the NZADDs committee made submissions. They are now all on the publications page of the NZADDs website.

Specifically,
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We give how much to Tokelau?!? PNG Electric

Welcome to another NZADDs update,

We give how much?!?
Let’s face it, if you’ve ever had to labour over a journal article, report, or even a blog post, you’re probably pretty envious of Mike Hosking. Forget the hours spent ensuring your writing makes sense. Hosking gets paid to be incoherent.

His recent column on New Zealand aid for the Herald is a case in point. The arguments stumble around growling and banging into each other like drunken fans at a heavy metal concert.

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Is NZ the best donor on earth? Tell MFAT what you know. Take the Australian Aid Stakeholder Survey

Hi and welcome to an NZADDs email update,

First, a reminder: you’ve only got until 30 September to provide your input into MFAT’s review of New Zealand’s aid and sustainable development policy. More information on how to do this here.

Also, do you interact with the Australian Government Aid Program? Now’s your chance to have your say about the state of Australian aid. The Development Policy Centre’s Australian Aid Stakeholder Survey is open to anyone who knows Australian aid (from NGOs, from the Pacific, from academia, from government…your knowledge is wanted). It only takes 15 minutes to fill out and your responses are confidential. Read more about the survey here. Fill it out online here. The survey closes on 19 October.

Finally, does New Zealand have the world’s best quality aid programme? The Centre for Global Development thinks it does.

Is this a reasonable claim? I explain why it isn’t below. My explanation is drawn from a Devpolicy blog. Read the original blog here. (And comment on it too if you disagree.)

Terence for NZADDs admin.

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