Yesterday, New Zealand’s foreign minister, Winston Peters said: “Budget 2020 will deliver $55.6 million in additional funding for Vote Official Development Assistance.”
Is that true? If it is, it would be a great outcome in tough times.
Is it true? The short answer is no, and yes.
For the longer answer, read on.
Hi and welcome to another NZADDs update.
New Zealand’s aid response to Covid-19
Last Friday, Jonathan Kings, the head of the New Zealand Government Aid Programme, published a piece discussing New Zealand’s aid response to Covid-19. It’s well worth a read. As you’d imagine, it’s fairly upbeat, but it’s also frank and quite detailed. It suggests our aid programme is thoughtfully trying to navigate very tricky times.