Hello and welcome to an NZADDs update — this year’s budget special.
The following analysis of the New Zealand budget, and what it meant for aid, was posted on the Development Policy Centre’s blog this morning. You can read the blog post, tweet it, offer your comments, and beg to disagree via the original blog post.
Also, if you’re interested in what happened to Australian aid in the Australian aid budget this year, the Devpolicy blog has a suite of blog posts as well as a recorded seminar which will tell you everything you need to know. Watch and read here.
Hello and welcome to an NZADDs email update,
First up, we’re happy to announce a new NZADDs Working Paper. The Paper by Emma Mawdsley, Warwick Murray, John Overton, Regina Scheyvens and Glenn Banks is called ‘Sharing Prosperity? A Comparative Analysis of Aid Policy in New Zealand and the United Kingdom in the 2010s’, and you can download it here.
Hello and welcome to another NZADDs email update (one sent so quickly after the last update because we have an important correction to make).
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Update
Foremost, this is an update to our last email update, where we discussed New Zealand having apparently decided to join the Chinese led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
Hi and welcome to another NZADDs email update,
New NZADDs Commentary
NZADDs steering committee member Glenn Banks has just published a New NZADDs commentary: ‘Towards a Melanesian Way of Beating the Resource Curse’.
Welcome to a new year and a new NZADDs update,
It’s been a while since we emailed and, in addition to the usual development news, this email will update you on NZADDs’ future and a little of what we’ve been up to.
Before we get to that though, on the other side of the Tasman, the Abbot Government has signalled it will dramatically cut Australian aid, starting with a cut of approximately 20 percent next financial year.
The big news this update of course, is that New Zealand won its bid to be on the UN Security Council. Not only won, but won on the first round with 145 votes. This is a great achievement. Congratulations are due to all those involved over the past decade, not least the hard-working civil servants toiling behind the scenes.
In the lead-up to the Security Council vote Minister McCully gave an evocative speech to the UN General Assembly in which he opened with pointed comments about how New Zealand is a country of action, not words.
Given just how acute New Zealand’s own governance issues have been revealed to be in the last few weeks, it feels distracting to focus on international development and the woes of other countries. Yet — in addition to having written to the World Bank imploring them to send TA in the direction of our government (ideally in the form of ethicists) — we have some goodies for you.
The Social Dimensions of Inequality in the Pacific
In the lead up to next month’s Small Islands Developing States conference in Apia, Associate Professor Yvonne Underhill-Sem has written an NZADDs commentary on social inequality in the Pacific.