New Zealand aid stakeholder survey launch and more

The launch of the New Zealand Aid Stakeholder Survey
On 31 March, I (Terence) will be launching the 2015 New Zealand Aid Stakeholder Survey in Wellington. Last year the Development Policy Centre surveyed stakeholders of the Australian and New Zealand aid programmes. Stakeholders were asked about aid quality, specific aspects of aid programme performance, and the political leadership of the two countries’ aid programmes. What did we find for New Zealand? Are stakeholders happy? Is all well with NZ aid? Or are there issues afoot? To hear these questions answered come along to the launch. It’s open to the public, registration isn’t required, and it would be great to see you there. In addition to me speaking, Dr Wren Green, the Director of the Council for International Development will provide a response to the initial talk.

Date: 31 March 2016 Time: 5.30 pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 2 (RHLT2), Ground Floor, Rutherford House,
Pipitea Campus, Victoria University, 23 Lambton Quay, Wellington
More info:

New Zealand Aid Reviewed
The Forum Compact Peer Review of the New Zealand Government Aid Programme was released in December 2015. You can read the full report here. And you can read Jo Spratt’s blog-length take on the review here.

Words, but not enough action on Syria
On the UN Security Council, New Zealand continues to make strong arguments for Syrian peace and humanitarian assistance. Unfortunately, as Jo shows in this recent blog post, while our Security Council performance has been strong, we’re still failing to do our fair share when it comes to aid for those affected by the conflict, and when it comes to taking refugees.

The Council for International Development is Looking for a new Director
The Council for International Development (CID) is the national umbrella agency that supports the efforts of NZ-based organisations delivering high quality humanitarian aid and development programmes in over 90 countries. Sadly, their director, Dr Wren Green, will be retiring shortly. He’s done exceptional work building CID’s capacities. If you, or someone you know, has the ability and enthusiasm to fill his shoes, the advertisement for his replacement is here. Applications close Monday 11 April.

That’s all for now.

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