In 2009 the National government changed the mandate of the New Zealand government aid programme. From poverty elimination it was changed to sustainable development, with the key focus on economic development. From 21-25 March 2011, former NZAID staffer Terence Wood will host a series of talks looking at the question “is a focus on economic development really is the best possible way an aid agency can attempt to bring about development more generally?”
Talks will be held in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and maybe Christchurch. Stay tuned for more information on the dates of the talks.