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The Budget Again
As promised, Jo and I now have more budget analysis up on the Devpolicy Blog. The aid budget has also been covered on Radio New Zealand.
Credit where Credit is Due
Having complained about Minister McCully’s impacts on New Zealand aid spending, fairness requires giving him credit where it’s due. And it definitely seems due for the recently announced increase in the humanitarian aid that New Zealand is giving to assist NGOs working to help assuage the suffering associated with the Syrian crisis. Well done.
What do New Zealander’s think about Aid
It has been a long time since anyone asked New Zealanders what they think about aid. So the Development Policy Centre recently funded a series of questions about aid in a UMR omnibus survey (with a sample size of 1124 people).
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Budget time in Aotearoa. And the news from our first-cut-analysis of the aid budget is startling: a massive increase in New Zealand aid.
The aid budget will leap up from NZ$589 million the 2015/16 financial year to NZ$659 in 2016/17. A hefty 12% rise. (These numbers are nominal and don’t take inflation into account; but inflation is very low in New Zealand at present.) As I said – startling. Although before you pop out the champaign and start calling your Australian friends to gloat about being the sole remaining regional power you should take a look at this chart.
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: http://tinyurl.com/zvs8oam
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Development Policy Centre Aid Stakeholder Surveys (Deadline September 25)
First up, the Development Policy Centre (where, by way of full disclosure, I have a day job) has just opened the public round of this year’s Australian and New Zealand aid stakeholder surveys. The surveys are run to allow people who interact with either donor’s aid programme to have their say about aid programme performance, to emphasise what is working well, and to provide constructive feedback on what could be improved. The inaugural Australian survey was run in 2013. And this year the undertaking has been extended to cover New Zealand.
Hello NZADDs readers,
The OECD DAC’s peer review of the New Zealand Government Aid Programme was released today and Jo Spratt of NZADDs has written a commentary on the review for the Devpolicy Blog. Devpolicy are having some blog problems at present. So I have reposted Jo’s post over the fold here.
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.
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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.