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.

What’s happening to New Zealand aid spending?

2020 wasn’t an easy year, either for the affluent world’s aid donor countries, or for aid recipients. Until now we’ve been in the dark as to what this has meant for global aid. However, last week the OECD released preliminary 2020 aid data. These data are complete for OECD government donors. Unfortunately, the data don’t cover countries like China, but they still provide a good picture of global trends.

Measuring aid is messy, as I explain in a recent Devpolicy blog post. However, even with complications taken into account, the new OECD data have some good news. As the chart below shows, global aid flows increased in 2020 – the first full year of the Covid pandemic. (If you want to understand the two different aid measures on the chart see my blog post.)

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Yemen, Papua New Guinea, Business and Aid

If you’re like me, you will have spent the last few weeks wondering why Air New Zealand was doing repairs for the Saudi navy while Saudi Arabia was busy waging an atrocity-stained war in Yemen. Oxfam New Zealand’s Darren Brunk has a great Devpolicy blog on this. It contains important suggestions about what should be done to prevent the problem happening again, and how MFAT needs to play a lead role in this.

Meanwhile on the Incline Blog, former New Zealand High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Marion Crawshaw, has a post urging New Zealand to become more actively involved in the aid response to the spread of Covid-19 in PNG.

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