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NewZealand Aid Programme

Strategic Plan

NewZealand Aid Programme Strategic Plan

Strategic direction
Investment priorities
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Pacific focus
Strategic Plan 2

3 Global reach
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Manat Aorere
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1 Atafu Atoll school children, Tokelau. Humanitarian action

2 Coffee beans in Timor-Leste.
Children in Vanuatu receiving
vaccinations. Photo: UNICEF
Aerial view of solar array in the

NewZealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade 2015 Cook Islands.
Papua New Guinea police women
ISBN 978-0-477-10-245-2
on their graduation day.
Policy priorities
New Zealand disaster response to

Cyclone Haiyan in the Philippines.
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Good Governance training.
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Cruise ship in Vanuatu.
Photo: Vanuatu Tourism Authority

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Tsunami signage, Cook Islands.
Photos copyright of NewZealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade unless otherwise stated. 10 Fish at a Pacific market.
11 Training at the Marine Training
Centre, Kiribati.
12 Planting dragonfruit, Viet Nam.
Photo: Marcus Adams

NewZealand Aid Programme Strategic Plan NewZealand Aid Programme Strategic Plan

New Zealands aid programme aims to make a positive difference in
peoples lives demonstrated through tangible measurable results.
To do this we need a plan that outlines our ambition and focus.

The mission of the New Zealand T his strategic plan sets out our intentions and
priorities for the next four years. It continues
implementation of the 2011 International Development
New Zealands aid budget will increase over the next
three years. Our budget will be invested in line with
our focus on the Pacific and on sustainable economic

Aid Programme is to support Policy Statement, which defines the mission of the
New Zealand Aid Programme. The plan also reflects
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT)s new
development. Aid to ASEAN countries, especially the
poorer members, will also increase substantially.

sustainable development in
MFAT is accountable to New Zealand tax payers.
Country strategic framework and four-year plan. It highlights the
contribution New Zealands aid makes to developing
We seek to deliver the most effective development
relationships are outcomes at the lowest feasible cost. Our approach to

developing countries in order to

shared prosperity and stability in our region and beyond.
aid at the country level will be coherent, supported by
at the heart of Country relationships are at the heart of the robust information, and focused to make a measurable

the New Zealand New Zealand Aid Programme. We focus our aid and difference. We will increase our effectiveness and speed

reduce poverty and to contribute Aid Programme.

influence to achieve sustainable, inclusive and resilient
development outcomes that meet the aspirations of
of delivery by specialising in initiatives where we can
offer particular value for partner countries. We will

to a more secure equitable

people in our partner countries. replicate successful approaches where appropriate.

We maintain a thematic focus on sustainable economic Leadership on key development policy issues comp-
We maintain a development. We will invest in 12 investment lements our financial investments. We will continue
and prosperous world. thematic focus
priorities that reflect key development opportunities
in partner countries and draw on New Zealand
to advocate for development-friendly New Zealand
policies, and be a champion internationally for
on sustainable strengths. Two of these, agriculture and renewable
energy, are our flagship priorities.
development issues affecting small island developing
states. We will also step up leadership of a whole-of-
economic The principle of Pacific focus, global reach will
government approach to aid delivery.

development. continue to guide the geographic focus of our bilateral Our development investments and policy leadership
and regional aid. We will work across all 12 priorities will deliver effective and sustainable development
in the Pacific, where we invest the majority of our aid. outcomes for our partners. Through this we will
In other regions, we will focus on our flagships and a contribute to the ambitious global targets for poverty
limited number of other priorities. We will also invest eradication, economic transformation, and inclusive
in multilateral partnerships that deliver development growth under the United Nations post-2015
outcomes in over 150 developing countries. development agenda.

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T he New Zealand Aid Programme is integral
to the delivery of MFATs strategic intentions.
The New Zealand Aid Programme invests money,
knowledge, and skills to deliver sustainable
development and poverty reduction in partner
The purpose of New Zealands aid is to develop
developing countries. It also provides humanitarian
shared prosperity and stability in our region and
support in response to crises around the world.
beyond, drawing on the best of New Zealands

knowledge and skills. New Zealands development and humanitarian

reflects New Zealands responsibility as a Pacific

neighbour and global citizen
We invest We deliver

mirrors New Zealanders values
Money Sustainable development supports shared regional and global prosperity
and stability
Knowledge Poverty reduction reinforces New Zealands international reputation
Skills Humanitarian support strengthens New Zealands international connections.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade acts in the world to

make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous. It seeks to
deliver value to New Zealand through

The stability
security and
by amplifying
or kaitiakitanga
Pacific focus global reach
New Zealands
for New Zealand resilience by delivering solutions
and our region of our country
our people and
influence and
standing in
to global challenges
for the benefit of present
T he geographic focus for New Zealands aid is
our Pacific neighbourhood. New Zealanders
share an interest with Pacific peoples in seeking
We achieve global reach through:

targeted aid to developing countries where

the world New Zealand has strategic interests and can
our region and future generations prosperity and stability in our region. Close to
achieve impact linked to what we are good at
60% of our aid will be directed to the Pacific.
partnerships with selected multilateral
The purpose of New Zealands aid is to develop shared prosperity
and stability in our region and beyond drawing on the best of
Close to 60% of our aid humanitarian action to save lives and alleviate
suffering resulting from natural disasters
New Zealands knowledge and skills. will be directed to the Pacific and conflict.

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Country focus Maximising the impact

and coherence of NewZealands aid
aid portfolio: C ountry partnerships are at the heart of our
aid approach, and the majority of our aid is
delivered to individual countries. Our partner country
Partnerships with countries where we have our larger
aid programmes are reinforced by Joint Commitments
for Development or equivalent documents. These
T o help achieve high development impact, we
will improve the focus of the aid programme by:
We will be clear about how New Zealand can best
add value and will define the areas we specialise in
to meet country priorities. Where possible and
relationships are based on an understanding of their high-level commitments give an integrated view of
aligning our aid to the focus areas in our appropriate, we will adapt successful approaches
Cambodia 12 investment priorities
Cook Islands priorities, a clear sense of where New Zealand can New Zealands aid investments, outline the process of from one country to another. We will develop
Laos add most value, and a shared understanding of the policy dialogue, and set out mutual accountabilities being clear about which investment priorities partnerships to capitalise on New Zealand knowledge
Philippines results we want to achieve. and results. New Zealand currently has this form of we offer in different parts of the world and skills to deliver sustainable development
Nauru partnership with the Cook Islands, Indonesia, Kiribati, outcomes in the areas we specialise in.
Kiribati Our relationships and investments vary with the
Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands,
concentrating effort and resources on important
Viet Nam different development contexts in each of our partner areas in each country to avoid spreading resources We will also increase the impact of our aid by
Myanmar Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tokelau, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
countries. Not all priority areas will be a focus in too thinly identifying ways of encouraging more private
Niue We anticipate a similar approach with Fiji and Myanmar.
every country. investment for development. This could include
Individual In Afghanistan, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines,
investing in initiatives at an appropriate scale. public-private partnerships, blended finance,
initiatives: For each country where we have sizeable aid investment
New Guinea Nauru, and Viet Nam, we maintain a targeted country risk-sharing, and revolving funds.
we will develop a strategy based on engagement with
Samoa Africa aid portfolio.
our partners, robust evidence, and analysis. These
Solomon Latin America strategies will shape the different components of In countries in Africa, Latin America, and the
Islands Caribbean New Zealands overall aid and provide a coherent Caribbean we invest in individual initiatives. In the
Timor-Leste country aid framework. Our staff in partner countries North Pacific, we support small projects.
lead engagement on New Zealands aid investments
Small project and related policy issues. Details of New Zealands
Tokelau support: development engagement with each partner country
Tuvalu North Pacific are published on the MFAT website.

Principles and Investment of

competencies increased aid budget
T he following principles guide our strategic
choices and how we work. We:
We work in areas that use our strengths and
characteristics including our:
over the next N ew Zealands aid budget will increase over the
funding period 2015/16 to 2017/18. We will
align our budgeted investments to our strategy by:
increasing aid to Melanesia, including scaling up
significantly in Papua New Guinea and Fiji
are ambitious for the people and communities skills and expertise in sustainable development three years: redeploying aid in response to shifts such as
in countries we work with focusing on the Pacific; $1 billion (close to 60%) New Zealands planned transition out of Afghanistan
identity as a Pacific nation
draw on New Zealands strengths
listen to and work with our partners to
flexible, practical, and efficient aid delivery systems $1b of our aid is forecast to be invested in the Pacific

emphasising sustainable economic development;

targeting resources to support resilience to climate
change and other risks
reputation for integrity and fair play in the Pacific about $600 million (45%) of our investment by
deliver locally appropriate results enhancing our ability to respond to humanitarian
sector is forecast to be in economic development,
experience of iwi economic development
invest for enduring change focusing on agriculture, renewable energy, and
experience and reputation in multilateral engagement information and communications technology
collaborate for scale and impact
government-to-government relationships
in economic [ICT] connectivity
deliver on our commitments development increasing resources for Association of South East
role in donor coordination and leveraging investment.
act on and learn from evidence of our work Asian Nations (ASEAN) members; about

are accountable for results $200m $208 million (close to 12%) of our aid is forecast
to be invested in ASEAN, especially in Myanmar
play our part in times of crisis. in ASEAN and the other least-developed country members

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Indicative programme allocations ($) Proportion of funding

// by programme type
Pacific Asia
Bilateral programmes Indonesia 40,100,000
Cook Islands 42,000,000 Myanmar 27,500,000 We make one-off, major strategic
investments across the Pacific.

Fiji 33,000,000 Timor-Leste 30,200,000

Regional/ Bilateral
Kiribati 38,000,000 ASEAN 64,000,000 multicountry % We work closely with
partner governments on
We invest in region-wide
Nauru 7,000,000 Other Asia 14,500,000 development priorities.
development initiatives.
ASEAN = Association of South East Asian Nations. % %
Niue 39,500,000 This programme covers investments in individual ASEAN member countries
(Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Viet Nam) and region-wide initiatives.

Papua New Guinea 70,000,000 Humanitarian

The Ministry of Foreign
Samoa 38,000,000 Other Affairs and Trade leads the
NewZealand humanitarian %
Solomon Islands 55,000,000 Africa 31,000,000 response to emergencies Partnerships
around the world.
The NewZealand Aid
Tokelau 40,000,000 Latin America/Caribbean 14,000,000
% 7% Programme funds long-
term partnerships with a
number of NewZealand
Tonga 38,000,000 Humanitarian 65,900,000 Scholarships % organisations. We also
We invest in the provide a contestable fund
Tuvalu 11,300,000 Multilateral Agencies 300,000,000 development of people Other for non-government and
who will influence % Multilateral
private sector organisations
Vanuatu 50,000,000 Partnerships & Funds 127,000,000 positive change in their to contribute to positive
developing country. We invest in international financial development outcomes.
Scholarships 171,000,000 institutions, United Nations agencies and
Regional programmes Commonwealth agencies, to contribute
to global development outcomes.
Climate Change Funding 9,500,000
Pacific Economic Development 67,500,000
Strategic Evaluation and Research 8,500,000
Pacific High Commission Fund 4,500,000

Pacific Human Development 52,000,000

Pacific Regional Agencies 65,000,000

Pacific Transformational Fund 146,900,000 Total 1,700,805,000

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A framework for investment

O ur 12 investment priorities are a framework for
our aid capability and policy engagement. The
focus areas under each priority reflect key development
Our investment priorities support each other
and are not silos.

Private-sector-led growth requires an enabling

opportunities in our partner countries and draw on
business environment and healthy, educated people.
New Zealands strengths. In these areas we will generate
Improving health and education outcomes requires
sustainable inclusive and resilient development
investments in infrastructure and ICT. We will build
outcomes in the countries that we work in.
on these interrelationships to achieve a coherent,
Our priorities emphasise private-sector-led growth effective approach to development.
that supports sustainable development. They focus
on improving well-being and reducing poverty,
hardship, and vulnerability through access to economic
opportunities and high-quality public services. Flagship priorities
To strengthen the sustainability of our aid, our priorities
Agriculture and renewable energy are our flagship
also support resilience to climate change, natural
priorities over the next four years.
disasters, and external economic events.
These are areas where New Zealand is recognised for
When developing country strategies, we will engage
its specialist expertise and can deliver sustainable and
with partner countries on how we can best contribute
inclusive development outcomes. We will increase
to their development goals through our investment
our engagement in regional and international
priorities. The spread of our investments across
development policy in our flagships. We will also
priorities, and the depth of our investments within
promote better coordination among donors in the
each priority, will look different in each country.
Pacific to maximise the impact of aid in these areas.
In the Pacific, we will invest across all 12 investment
priorities. Elsewhere, we will target investment

within four priorities and respond to humanitarian

priorities Specialising for stronger results

O ur scale requires us to be focused in the range
of initiatives we invest in within our priorities.
Specialisation and replication will mean we invest
in a smaller range of initiatives but strengthen
the value of our aid by doing what we do well.
Beginning with our flagships, we will document
It will improve our delivery times and increase our
the types of initiatives where we have strengths and
efficiency. But it will not compromise our ability
can deliver a high level of impact. We will draw on
to tailor our aid to the context and priorities of
development approaches that work well in one country
each partner country.
when dealing with similar issues in others and develop
approaches that can be more quickly deployed.

A companion publication to this plan

provides more detailed information
on our investment priorities.
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TECHNOLOGY Strengthen law and justice Improve the health
Expand access to Increase economic and Strengthen economic systems in the Pacific of people in the Pacific
affordable reliable food security benefits Expand ICT connectivity governance in the Pacific
and clean energy from agriculture access and use in the Pacific Improve community safety Reduce the impact of non-
Help Pacific partner countries by strengthening policing, communicable diseases (NCDs)
identify and implement their corrections, and border by reducing risk factors and
Improve access to reliable Promote market-led agriculture Improve access to affordable,
and renewable energy by strengthening value chains high-quality, internet and policy reform priorities through management, and preventing increasing access to secondary
through new infrastructure telecommunications services incentive-linked financial violence against women NCD drugs, technology, and
and technical assistance
Improve market access support and technical assistance specialist services
through better biosecurity Increase the use of ICT to deliver Strengthen democratic and
Identify and support greater and food safety systems government services such as Strengthen the capability of national integrity systems Enhance maternal health by
private-sector participation education and health the public sector to deliver increasing access to modern
Build resilience and tackle Improve access to justice by contraception, reproductive
in the energy sector high-quality services strengthening court systems
food security and nutritional Strengthen the online presence health services, and better
and legal representation
Strengthen sector planning challenges of the private sector in the Pacific nutrition for pregnant women
and asset management to and increase the availability of
improve service quality and ICT tools for small and medium Improve child health by
efficiency enterprises (SMEs) increasing access to routine
immunisation, life-saving
Build ICT skills and capability vaccines, and better nutrition
through school curricula,
vocational training, and digital Increase reliable access to clean
literacy training water and sanitation services


Increase economic and Increase economic Improve knowledge Strengthen resilience
food security benefits from benefits from tourism in Increase economic benefits skills and basic education Respond to humanitarian
sustainable fisheries and the Pacific from trade and labour Improve the preparedness of emergencies
Increase literacy and Pacific and ASEAN partners
aquaculture in the Pacific mobility in the Pacific
numeracy by improving to manage and recover from
Grow demand for tourism Respond to requests for assistance
by improving infrastructure attendance, teaching methods, disasters in the Pacific and contribute
Strengthen governance, Improve trade facilitation and
and investing in destination leadership and management, to responses to larger-scale
transparency, stakeholder market access with implementation Invest in targeted disaster
engagement, and rights-based marketing and product assistance for Pacific Agreement and the use of assessment risk reduction and climate emergencies elsewhere
management of fisheries at local, development on Closer Economic Relations information change adaptation initiatives
Invest in New Zealands
national, and regional levels (PACER) Plus, and support Strengthen the provision of
Increase local value from Mainstream disaster risk capability for offshore responses
tourism by strengthening skills to improve biosecurity and education in the Asia-Pacific
Enhance skills and capability customs systems
reduction and climate change
Support economic recovery
to enforce fishing rules, and capability and linking local region adaptation measures across from emergencies in our region
monitor fishing, and assess businesses and communities Improve the capability of SMEs our aid investment portfolio
Provide scholarships and
the health of fish stocks with tourism markets to trade, obtain finance, and vocational training to support
supply markets economic opportunities and
Support the development
in response to skills shortages
of proven aquaculture Increase the development benefits
food-production technologies of labour mobility

Enhance reliable transport

links for people and goods by
improving aviation and maritime
safety and infrastructure
1 Aerial view of solar array in the Cook Islands. 7 Coffee beans in Timor-Leste.
2 Produce at a Pacific market. 8 The Pacific Domestic Violence Prevention Programme.
3 Training at the Marine Training Centre, Kiribati. 9 Children in Vanuatu receiving vaccinations. Photo: UNICEF
4 Fish at a market in Papua New Guinea. 10 School students, Samoa.
5 Cruise ship in Vanuatu. Photo: Vanuatu Tourism Authority 11 Planting dragonfruit, Viet Nam. Photo: Marcus Adams
6 Agricultural training in Botswana. 12 Tsunami signage, Cook Islands.
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School children take part in an
activity day to promote domestic
violence prevention in Vanuatu.

The Pacific region is the geographic focus of Our investments will be guided by individual We will increase our investment in Fiji, Papua New We will engage with Pacific governments and other
country strategies that reflect the diversity and Guinea and Vanuatu. We will play an active role in donors on key policy issues and measures to make
New Zealands aid programme and where we differing development time horizons across the supporting Vanuatu to recover from Cyclone Pam our development investments more effective.
will direct the majority of our aid. region. These will focus our support in areas that are
aligned to each countrys own development priorities
through investments in tourism, water and sanitation,
and education.
We will continue to work with New Zealand agencies
on domestic policy initiatives (such as the Recognised
and deliver significant impact. Our strategies will Seasonal Employer scheme) that benefit Pacific
Our renewed engagement with Fiji will focus on
also ensure coherence across all of New Zealands development. We will also support Pacific development

N ew Zealand is a Pacific island country with a long

history of engagement in the region, a large Pacific
community, and a Pacific identity. Like other countries
aid to each country.

Our investments in Polynesia will remain strong,

agriculture value chains, skills training, and building
public-sector capability through links with
New Zealand agencies.
through regional and international negotiations.

MFAT will develop a framework for whole-of-

in the Pacific, we rely on the sustainability of our land, reflecting the breadth of our underlying relationships. government engagement in the Pacific in 2015.
Papua New Guineas relatively favourable economic
livestock, fish, and trees for our well-being. We also Our focus in Samoa and Tonga will be to increase Within this, we will strengthen the important role that
outlook sees it look increasingly to New Zealand for
rely on trade with distant markets. Our connections, economic opportunities and jobs from tourism, New Zealand state-sector agencies play in the Pacific,
specialist knowledge and technology within a maturing
knowledge, and experience enable us to make an agriculture, and private-sector development. and our leadership in coordinating their engagement
development relationship. Budget increases will
impact in the Pacific. Our connections also provide a We will invest in education, skills, and infrastructure with our partner countries.
support major investments in agriculture and
strong rationale for the New Zealand Aid Programmes management, and support enduring New Zealand
energy, and support a peaceful and positive future We will support regional efforts that help Pacific
objective of building shared prosperity in the region. institutional linkages.
in Bougainville. countries collaborate and achieve common goals,
We will support Pacific countries aspirations to make New Zealands constitutional bond with the including through delivery of affordable and quality
Our aid to Solomon Islands will focus on increasing
the most of economic development opportunities, Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau will continue technical services. We will work with Pacific Islands
skills, jobs, and economic growth.
address continuing hardship, and build resilience as the basis of our support in these countries. This Forum countries under the new Framework for
to climate change and natural disasters. We will also will include budget support linked to strengthening We will maintain our focus on law and justice and Pacific Regionalism to deliver on priorities for
equip Pacific people with the necessary skills and service delivery. We will continue to support education in Nauru. In the Federated States of regional action.
knowledge to take advantage of opportunities and opportunities for economic development such as Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands,
Many of our investment priorities, including fisheries,
address vulnerabilities. Our approach will adapt to tourism and fisheries. We will also continue to invest and Palau, we will fund small projects through the
maritime safety, and building resilience in vulnerable
changing contexts and circumstances, recognising in improving public services such as education, North Pacific Development Fund.
islands, lend themselves to regional or multi-country
that development pathways are dynamic and that our health, and transport.
We will also set aside resources for a Pacific delivery. We will support this approach where it is
role will evolve over time.
The Pacific atolls of Kiribati and Tuvalu are among Transformational Fund. The fund will support the best way to achieve development outcomes for
The New Zealand Aid Programme will invest $1 billion the most economically and physically vulnerable in large-scale investments with potential to achieve high Pacific countries. We will also identify ways of using
in the Pacific region over the next three years. This the world. Climate change, limited and low-lying land, development impact. The fund will primarily target our aid to unlock larger contributions from other
includes an increase of more than $100 million over the growing populations, and weak water and sanitation agriculture, energy, ICT, and transport investments. development partners and the private sector for
previous funding period. infrastructure pose major risks to critical coastal development initiatives.
ecosystems and fisheries. New Zealands increased
investment will support adaptation and resilience,
and support governments to make decisions that are
in their long-term interests.

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Global reach

Beyond the Pacific we engage with ASEAN and
selected countries in Asia Africa Latin America and
the Caribbean. We use New Zealands expertise to In other parts of Asia, including Afghanistan,

New Zealand will follow through on existing
deliver results in agriculture knowledge and skills commitments and complete and exit from activities
renewable energy and disaster risk management. over time. We will review our Sri Lanka engagement.
The focus of our development partnership with China
will move to policy engagement centred on mutual

interests in the Pacific. Future Partnerships Fund
ew Zealand will increase overall aid investment
to ASEAN. We will focus our aid in the ASEAN investments will be open for agricultural activities New Zealand is a strong supporter of multilateral ur multilateral investments give us a seat at the
table where important decisions are made about
flagship areas of agriculture, knowledge and skills, and in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal. development organisations. Investing in these global development priorities and practice. They also
disaster risk management. We will promote coherence give us a voice in the strategic priorities and resource
through a strategic focus on ASEAN as a whole,
We will increase resources in Africa, working with
others for scale, leverage, and impact. The geographic
organisations allows us to contribute to sustainable allocation of these organisations. New Zealands policy
underpinned by country-level engagements. focus will be on countries in Eastern Africa (Kenya, development outcomes in over countries. engagement will focus on the needs of small island
Rwanda, and Ethiopia) and Southern Africa developing states and, in particular, Pacific countries.
Our engagement will include regional, multi-country,
(Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, and Malawi), with
Our partnerships with development banks
and single-country initiatives. We will increase our We select the organisations we work with on the basis
focus on the least-developed members, particularly possibility of extension to Ghana and Nigeria. We United Nations funds and agencies Commonwealth of their alignment with our strategic priorities, their
Myanmar, but also Lao PDR and Cambodia. We will will draw on New Zealands expertise in agriculture
make modest increases to development investment in and geothermal energy, working with well-established agencies and humanitarian agencies bring resources ability to add value to development outcomes in
the Pacific, the performance and efficiency of their
Indonesia. Over the next three years, our engagement delivery partners with local knowledge. We will and expertise that increase the impact of our aid. programmes, and our ability to influence their work.
in Viet Nam will move to a broader partnership with encourage initiatives through the Partnerships Fund
less focus on aid resources. aligned with this geographic and sectoral focus. Over the three-year funding period we will modestly
Scholarships for study in agriculture and renewable increase funding for multilateral agencies, prioritising
We will encourage initiatives through the New Zealand energy, and English language training for officials, those focused on agriculture, humanitarian action,
Partnerships for International Development Fund will be available to a wider set of African countries. and small island developing states.
(Partnerships Fund) in ASEAN flagship areas. We We will play our part in supporting humanitarian
will respond generously to significant humanitarian action in larger-scale crises.
emergencies in the ASEAN region, including, where
warranted by exceptional events and our ability to In Latin America we will complete the existing
respond, through targeted practical assistance. agriculture portfolio (Colombia, Peru, Chile, Uruguay,
and Paraguay). We will move out of investing in
New Zealands history of support for Timor-Lestes individual aid projects in Latin America during
independence, its fragility, and its position on the this four-year period, while continuing a focus on
edges of ASEAN and the Pacific islands regions knowledge and skills.
underpin our relationship. Our aid will continue to
support Timor-Lestes stability, education and skills, In the Caribbean, we will focus on investments in
economic development, and private-sector growth. geothermal energy and disaster risk management.
Increased funding will expand support for economic We will complement this with targeted skills
development. We will encourage initiatives through development. We will review our Caribbean portfolio
in 2017/18 and identify future priorities for support
Agriculture development, Viet Nam. the Partnerships Fund and respond to major Floating fish cages in the Philippines, part of a partnership
Photo: Marcus Adams humanitarian crises. in consultation with the region. with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

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Humanitarian action
Asia-Pacific countries are among the most
N Partners
ew Zealands humanitarian aid helps to save
lives and alleviate suffering resulting from
vulnerable in the world to natural disasters. natural disasters and armed conflict. Our aid also
supports early recovery.
These events can have devastating consequences
Consistent with our wider strategy, the Pacific will
on lives and livelihoods eroding development remain our core humanitarian geographic focus. Partnerships are central to our effectiveness. They New Zealand non-government organisations that
work with local partners in developing countries play a
gains and economic progress. We will coordinate whole-of-government responses
increase our scale and reach. We work with a range of valuable role in extending the reach of the New Zealand
to emergencies and support sustainable recovery.
Aid Programme and delivering outcomes at the
Outside the Pacific, we will prioritise our resources
partners including governments; multilateral regional community level. We will strengthen our engagement
to larger-scale emergencies. South East Asia is our and international organisations; and state-sector with New Zealand non-government organisations
secondary area of focus. In general we support on development through knowledge-sharing and
coordinated efforts of the international humanitarian private-sector and non-government organisations. discussions on policy.
community. In large-scale disasters, and where
The New Zealand Partnerships for International
New Zealand has relevant capability, we will provide
2 3 e will build relationships with New Zealand Development Fund enables New Zealand organisations
1 targeted practical relief and recovery assistance.
partners who have the knowledge and (non-government organisations, Crown research
6 We will continue our New Zealand Disaster Response expertise to deliver outcomes in our investment institutes, tertiary organisations, and private-sector
Partnership with New Zealand humanitarian priorities and who provide value for money. organisations) with in-country partners and a
Emergency supplies arriving as part of the
New Zealand response to Cyclone Haiyan non-government organisations. compelling development proposal to deliver their
We will negotiate long-term partnerships with
in the Philippines. Photo: NZDF initiative in partnership with the New Zealand Aid
We will also support partner countries in the core New Zealand state-sector organisations that
Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Programme. We will invest in initiatives that align
South East Asia and Pacific regions to be better are in a unique position to support our priorities
Sailele Malielegaoi and NewZealand with the investment priority focus areas and the
Foreign Minister Murray McCully at the
prepared for and reduce risks from disasters. in the Pacific. We will strengthen our leadership
geographic focus in this plan. We will discuss
opening of a solar array in Apia, 2014. of a coherent and integrated whole-of-government
priorities for the fund with country partners.
approach to development in the Pacific.
3 Maka Emali crafts in Kenya. Photo: ChildFund

4 Crop growing trials in Bamyan, Afghanistan. We will continue, in a transparent and competitive
Photo: Angus Davidson way, to encourage companies that offer the best
5 N
 Z Police taking part in the response to the of New Zealand know-how in renewable energy,
Samoa Tsunami in 2009. commercial agriculture, and other key sectors to
6 Sight restoring surgery in the Pacific. work with us. We will develop supplier strategies
Photos: Fred Hollows New Zealand to strengthen our delivery in these areas.

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results and value

Policy priorities Development effectiveness

How we manage our aid is critical to achieving
development results and impact. We will drive the
effectiveness of our aid investments by:
Cross-cutting issues
We will integrate environment and climate change,
gender equality and womens empowerment, and
human rights issues in our policies and investments.
This will help deliver sustainable, inclusive outcomes,
Our role as a development partner involves both Over the next four years we will focus on six focusing on delivering measurable results including for economic development. We will
policy priorities:
our money and our leadership on policy issues. aligning our support to our partners priorities continue to mainstream these issues into the planning,
advocate, at the global level, for policies that design, implementation, and evaluation of our aid
Effective policies at home in our partner countries support sustainable development in small island
making good use of partner systems to deliver aid initiatives. Where necessary, we will develop capability
developing states being clear about what we will deliver, and what and resources to strengthen our effectiveness on
regionally and internationally are central to we expect from our partners these issues in each investment priority.
strengthen our engagement with Pacific
development outcomes. This will become even partners on economic and social policies taking the lead from partner governments in
more important with the emphasis on global and that promote sustainable development and coordinating our aid effectively with other donors
effective implementation Evidence and learning
domestic policy settings under the United Nations working inclusively with partners in delivering
We will continue to strengthen our use of evidence
work with Pacific countries and other our aid
post- development agenda. development partners to improve donor to inform decisions, policies and our understanding
coordination in the Pacific
being more transparent about how we invest our of what works and why some initiatives fail. To do
aid as we improve our business systems. this, we will monitor delivery of results and invest
strengthen the development impact of
A t home, MFAT works with other government
agencies to develop and deliver policies that
offer development benefits, especially for Pacific
New Zealands domestic and international
policy positions Strategic results framework
in evaluation and research. We aim to be nimble
in adapting our approach in response to what the
evidence tells us.
countries. In regional and international processes, improve the effectiveness of regionalism in An effective strategic results framework will help us We will promote a learning culture where knowledge
we advance New Zealands positions on development the Pacific assess whether we are making a measurable difference. and best practice are disseminated and shared effectively.
issues to strengthen the effectiveness of our aid and
negotiate and implement policy agreements We will update the New Zealand Aid Programme We will learn from both our own experiences and those
deliver positive outcomes. During our term on the
that improve Pacific island countries ability results framework to reflect our investment priorities of our partners.
United Nations Security Council in 2015 2016
to trade in goods, services, and labour. and the new United Nations Sustainable Development
New Zealand will highlight the linkages between
Goals. More details on our strategic results framework
security, humanitarian action, peace-building, To support our policy priorities, we will invest in
and development. research on key development issues, with a specific
will be published on the MFAT website. Value for money and efficiency
focus on the Pacific. These may include donor We deliver value for the investment of tax payers
engagement, labour markets, and land tenure. money by focusing our aid to have a meaningful impact.
We will invest in initiatives only where the anticipated
economic and social benefits exceed their costs.

Pacific workers in
We will reduce MFATs operating costs for delivery of
New Zealand as part of
the Recognised Seasonal the New Zealand Aid Programme from 10% of the
Employer scheme. total aid budget to 9.75% by 2017/18.

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