Work is starting now with CID members on a comprehensive plan of action leading up to the New Zealand general elections in (presumably) late 2017.
International development is going through a time of extraordinary change where the lines are blurred between developing/developed countries and donor/recipient countries as more than 70 percent of the world’s poor now live in middle-income countries. Development and humanitarian NGOs are part of these changes and affected by them at the same time. Our aid policies and actions need to be responsive to these changes.
In New Zealand, issues like cross-party agreements over ODA policies and size of ODA budgets, policy coherence, climate change impacts on disaster resilience, SDGs and many more need to be on the minds of MPs and prospective politicians leading up to the 2017 general election.
Collectively, CID members have a supporter base that represents hundreds of thousands of voters. Speaking as one voice for the rights of the most marginalised and for more innovative aid policies are our best chance of making a positive difference.
If you are interested in being part of the working group developing an effective engagement strategy leading up to the 2017 elections then please come along to the working group’s first full planning day. It would be useful if you are involved in your organisation’s strategic planning, policy engagement and/or communications work. In terms of ongoing commitment, the group plans to meet face-to-face twice a year between now and the 2017 election. There will be virtual meetings in-between as required and members of the group will contribute to campaign development and implementation as capacity allows.
Oxfam is leading the working group with five or six members already represented. Everyone is welcome who is willing to actively contribute to the working group.
RSVP: To firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, 14 July, 2015
Morning and afternoon tea will be provided. BYO paperbag lunch