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Election Campaign: Back the Plan Back to Zero

Fourteen leading New Zealand aid agencies have launched a campaign to demand political action which will see New Zealand reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2050.

Six weeks out from the General Election, Back the Plan: Back to Zero was launched with an open letter to political parties from coalition organisations Oxfam, World Vision New Zealand, ChildFund, TearFund, UNICEF, Trade Aid, CWS, cbmi, VSA, SURFAID, Amnesty International, UNANZ, Engineers without Borders and Council for International Development.

The letter calls on all parties to follow the lead of countries like the UK and Denmark to put in place binding climate legislation, not only to safeguard New Zealand’s future, but that of communities in the developing world who are already on the frontline of climate change.

““There is widespread consensus that safeguarding our planet for future generations means significantly reducing our greenhouse gas emissions,” said Coalition spokesperson and Oxfam New Zealand Executive Director Rachael Le Mesurier.

“In our work with vulnerable communities, particularly in the Pacific, we are already seeing the negative impacts of more extreme weather events, temperature changes, rising sea levels and disease outbreaks associated with climate change. If unaddressed, climate change will displace and push millions of people further into poverty. For the sake of these vulnerable women, men and children, we, as an affluent developed nation, have a responsibility to act in a bold and meaningful manner.”

A zero carbon act will require any future Government to produce policy plans on track to zero carbon, and establish an independent Climate Commission to provide expert advice. Taking urgent action to combat climate change is a commitment New Zealand has signed up to internationally, both under the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The agencies also today warned that climate change threatens to unwind decades of hard-won development progress that New Zealand has contributed towards. While more than a billion dollars (60% of NZ government aid) will be directed to the Pacific through to 2019 – climate change is already reversing the positive gains and placing additional pressure on food security.

“The New Zealand government is rightly supporting development overseas, but it also makes sense for us to do our part in lowering carbon emissions at home,” added Le Mesurier. “We know that we need to reduce emissions globally to curb the effects of climate change. If we don’t play our part, we risk the great work we do in the developing world being undone by the impact of climate change.”

The aid agencies are working hard to reduce risks communities around the world face due to climate change and natural hazards. This includes disaster preparedness as storms become more intense, weather pattern changes threaten food security, and people face long-term loss of their homes.

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Using the SDGs in your programmes

VSA has been making the SDGs a visible part of their work. The SDGs are identified visually on all assignment vacancy listings and assignment descriptions. All of VSA’s publications include the relevant SDG icons on all stories, making them relevant to VSA’s stakeholders and audiences, and increasing its reputation as a development agency. Take a look at one of their many examples here


 NZ Aid workers launch joint action for South Sudan famine


(Photo credit: Home page: Simon Day, World Vision NZ; right: Mark Mitchell, Caritas.)
















New Zealand’s major aid agencies are uniting in an urgent plea for public donations to support their collective effort to prevent a humanitarian calamity in crisis-affected South Sudan and Greater Horn of Africa, including Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.

Conflict and drought have placed 70 million people in need of immediate food aid. 5 million are already on the brink of starvation in South Sudan – a population the size of New Zealand’s. 6 million more are at risk in Somalia.

In 2016  the New Zealand public donated generously, contributing over $16.5 million for humanitarian relief efforts in the region. This year, please consider donating again, and help NZ relief agencies save more lives:



UNICEF NZ is scaling up relief efforts for millions of crisis affected children in South Sudan and Somalia, providing essential measles vaccines, medical care and nutritional supplements to mothers and their children, and child protection services for 500,000 children and adolescents, including those released from armed groups.


Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is responding to ongoing conflict, drought and displacement in South Sudan, through the distribution of food and shelter and by creating access to water. Activities are being carried out in Juba, Yei, Wau and Torit.


Christian World Service (CWS) is deeply committed to vulnerable communities across South Sudan including famine-affected Unity State, and among refugee communities. They are providing food, digging waterholes, running schools, distributing tools and seeds and assisting with shelter as part of a comprehensive relief effort.


World Vision New Zealand is aiding the delivery of food assistance to those worse affected across South Sudan, as well as supporting emergency nutrition centres treating severely malnourished children under five years of age.


Tearfund New Zealand is re-empowering trauma-affected South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, particularly those newly displaced & victims of abuse/torture & gender-based violence.


Save the Children New Zealand and its partners have been present in the Horn of Africa for over 20 years, and its recent relief efforts have reached more than 2.5 million people. Aid includes emergency nutrition, food distribution, livelihoods, health, water source rehabilitation, education, child protection and non-food items.  


ChildFund New Zealand’s focus is to support projects that assist children for both long term change and when crisis strikes. They are often the most vulnerable in times of a humanitarian crisis. ChildFund's partners in Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya are providing food, water and psycho-social support to children.


The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has a long-term presence in the Horn of Africa. In response to this crisis the global ADRA network is providing emergency food distributions, school feeding programmes, water trucking and cash transfers to the most severely affected families in South-Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Kenya and Yemen. In particular ADRA New Zealand is funding the distribution of food vouchers in some of the hardest hit areas of Somalia.


Oxfam is working in South Sudan, Lake Chad Basin, across the Horn of Africa and in Yemen to provide life-saving support. Our response so far has included emergency food and nutrition, access to safe, clean water, distributing cash and vouchers for seeds, tools and livestock care and improving sanitation through bathing facilities and toilet repair to prevent disease.




DevNet Conference: Talking Points

Last week's DevNet conference at Victoria University Pacific Currents, Global Tides, saw the best turnout from CID members to date with our NGOs presenting and leading on more than 20 of the sessions. With a more discussion and debate format there were some brilliant discussions across academics, practitioners and policy makers from NZ,the Pacific and further abroad. A great three days.
We have a snapshot for you - not everything as we didn't get to everything - however a taster for you. If you want more detail find those organisations involved and ask for notes.



cbm video launch for International Day of Persons with Disability - 'A Barrier Free Reality'  

To mark International Day of People with Disability on 3rd December, cbm - an international organisation committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the world’s poorest countries –launched a new video ‘A Barrier Free Reality’.  The video illustrates the barriers that people with disability often face and shows that we all have a role to play in making a barrier free world a reality for everyone. 

The video features Orsula from Timor-Leste. She was born with an impairment that affects her legs, making mobility more difficult for her. Orsula has faced many barriers to inclusion throughout her life; barriers to: education, employment, health care, and participation in her community. 



Image: Orsula from Timor-Leste


From childhood she was left out of school, not because she wasn’t more than capable of learning.

“When I was a child my dad dropped me out of school because he was embarrassed with my condition. I saw my friends go to school and asked my dad if I could go back to school, but because my dad was afraid and worried that people would make fun of me, he didn’t let me go back”

Being left out of school creates a long lasting impact. When children with disabilities don’t attend school, they are more likely to live in poverty as an adult.

Despite not having the opportunity to gain an education, Orsula learned how to sew and works as a tailor to contribute to her family’s income.

“Even though I have a disability, I work as a tailor. I love sewing. I do this to earn some money for my children’s food.”

But like many people with disabilities, she often earns less for her work.

“Some people are kind, they give me $5 when I fix their clothes, but some are not. They give me just $1 or 50 cents. I feel sad when they do that. I can’t force them to give me higher pay.”

 “They didn’t know what I am capable of. I am strong.” Orsula is a fantastic example of why people with disabilities cannot be left out of development.The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, more popularly known as the Global Goals, references the inclusion of people with disability.  Until the 2030 Agenda, people with disability had not been included in previous international development goals, despite the fact that one in seven people live with disability. This is a truly exciting time for people with disabilities around the globe, now visible in development initiatives.

The staff of cbm NZ celebrated International Day of People with Disability with launch of the End the Cycle photo exhibition sharing stories of individuals living with disability from all over the world including Solomon Islands, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Ghana told in that persons own words.

Part of the exhibition was  also displayed at the 2016 DevNet conference in Wellington where cbm NZ presented on the need for disability inclusive responses to disaster where people with disabilities are actively involved in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of humanitarian response.

cbm looks forward to working alongside other development organisations that ensure people with disability contribute, have access to, and benefit from the development of their communities on an equal basis, just like everyone else.  Won’t it be awesome when people of all abilities are given equal opportunities to achieve their full potential?



Tearfund’s resource kit for churches: Psychosocial Support Post-Disaster

Following the earthquakes - CID's member Tearfund has made available a resource kit on psychosocial support post disaster. The purpose of this resource is to provide the reader with a brief introduction to basic psychosocial issues post-disaster and to point the reader to useful post disaster PSS resources. 




CID Annual Conference 2016

panel rachel smallCID held its Annual Conference in Wellington recently where Climate Change in the Pacific, Humanitarian Aid and Codes & Beyond Trade vs Aid were the big take homes of the day.  For those who couldn't make the day we have some tasters. Hear our Keynote, Pacific communicator from,Fenton Lutunatabua's powerful address on the impacts of climate change and who the real climate warriors are in the Pacific.

Have a listen to Radio NZ's great summary of the two hour panel on Beyond aid vs trade. 

This was a robust discussion with NGOs, MFAT, and some of New Zealand’s leading economists and journalists about the challenges facing economic development in the Asia/Pacific region. It showcased strong and intelligent sector-thinking in the face of big challenges and changes.





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A CID panel made up of humanitarian aid workers and a refugee spokesperson presented at parliament recently giving a New Zealand perspective on the crisis in South Sudan, highlighting concrete steps government, MPs and ordinary citizens can take to help change the outcomes for South Sudanese people.


 Simon Day, Head of External Affairs, World Vision New Zealand
 Mark Mitchell, Humanitarian Programmes, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand
 Carsten Bockemuehl, Research & Policy Manager, Amnesty International New Zealand
 Abann Yor, General Manager, Auckland Refugee Community Coalition


See the power point and listen to a podcast of the panelists presentations here.




Any commitment to human rights in today's world is incomplete without an environmental component. Climate change threatens people and communities’ rights to food, water, health, shelter, development, and even life, and marginalised groups such as women and indigenous peoples are particularly at risk. Yet, despite copious evidence and high-level statements recognising the inextricability of climate change and human rights, the actions and obligations relating to each issue are often treated as separate. For these reasons, Unicef UK and UCL’s Global Governance Institute convened a roundtable of international experts earlier this year to discuss how this connection can be reflected in concrete policy. The conference took place under Chatham House Rules, but a 13-page summary of the roundtable has been produced, which can be accessed here. This conference and its outcomes will hopefully represent a significant step towards giving human rights the important place within climate change action that it needs and deserves.aaaaaaaaa 





Don Lord, Executive Director of Hagar NZ, gave a CID talk on August 24th 2016.

Hagar NZ is an international organisation dedicated to recovery of extreme human rights abuses, particularly human trafficking, gender-based violence, and sexual exploitation. The Hagar impact is: We do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to restore life in all its fullness. CID is very pleased to have Don Lord the CEO of Hagar NZ to tell their inspirational story. The latest UNODC report on human trafficking has exposed a modern form of slavery. More than three quarters of human trafficking is for sexual exploitation and 20% of all trafficking victims are children. Listen the talk here. Download the pdf here.




CID Photo Competition 2016: And the winners are....







An overwhelming response to the competition this year has made the judging both a pleasure and a challenge. The winners and runners-up for the 2016 CID Photo competition in the categories of DevelopmentHumanitarian and Professional can be found here.  




NDRF anaylsis

NDRF anaylsis of the Overseas Development Institute report Time to let go: Remaking humanitarian action for the modern era. Read the report here.




CID member photo competition 2015

 The winners and placegetters for the 2015 CID Photo competition in the categories of Development, Humanitarian and Professional can be found here.




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The DAC Peer Review of New Zealand’s aid effectiveness has been released outlining numerous positive aspects and highlighting some ‘need to do better’ issues such as more work on cross cutting issues, a rethink of the NGO funding scheme and more concentration on development education.



Universal Sustainable Development Goals: Understanding the Transformational Challenge for Developed Countries

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This study introduces a new methodology for assessing the degree of both transformational challenge represented by each of 

the different SDGs (and their respective targets) and the transformational changes that will need to be made in implementing them indifferent national circumstances.




Understanding the CID Code of Conduct and its implication for your organisation

The CID Code is a voluntary, self-regulatory sector code of good practice that aims to improve organisational effectiveness and international development outcomes. It is also designed to increase stakeholder trust by enhancing the transparency and accountability of signatory organisations. Find out about its implementation here in this Factsheet.




Urbanisation, rural–urban migration and urban povertyURBANISATION

The international Institute for Environment and Development has recently released a report on the effects of rural-urban migration on urban poverty. The study finds that, like the majority of the urban poor, migrants often work long hours in low-paid, insecure and unsafe jobs. In many cases when urban governments try to reduce or control rural–urban migration, this also affects low-income residents and not just migrants.




Podcast: CID Code good for governance, practice and reflection

CID member SurfAid is practiced in the art of compliance having been a member of ACFID's Code of Conduct for seven years. At the time of completing the first compliance self- assessment SurfAid had a total of 1.5 FTE. However CEO Andrew Judge (who is facing ACFID’s sister code, the CID Code in NZ) is unphased. He says having a code compels organisations to stop and think, giving clarity and coherence as to the 'why' of development.  Hear more about SurfAid's journey with the Code here.




Strange bedfellows? NGO-corporate relations in international development:an NGO perspective

The finacial crisis and the declining global Offical Development Assistance (ODA) have contributed to the growing trend of NGOs partnering with the private sector to deliver development aid.

This article, in the latest issue of Development Studies Research journal, analyses the partnerships between development NGOs and the private sector, and provides an NGO perspective on how to develop relationships with the private sector that are beneficial to all parties. 




CID Calendar 2015

CID's Calendar can be purchased from Trade Aid stores nation-wide from early October, or can be ordered from CID now for $10 each.

The work of New Zealand’s international development non-government organisations is showcased in this beautiful 13-month calendar.

It gives you a glimpse of where CID's members work and introduces some of the inspiring people and communities we work with. It was produced by the CID to celebrate the success of people working together in international development.

All proceeds from the sale of calendars will help CID’s advocacy and coordination work with its 50 members and their partners across the Pacific, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

Thank you for your support.




Post-2015 Agenda: The future we want

While we are fast approaching the final date for the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), the international community has been busy working on the next step to a world without poverty. The post-2015 agenda has reached the stage where the Open Working Group, established to draft the Sustainable Development Goals to replace the MDGs, is finishing its mandate.

The future we want is a resource, put together by the Council For International Development (CID), to outline the proposed prorities for New Zealand political action. These recommendations proposed by CID are aimed at all politicians, and other development actors/interested parties, to ensure that we have a broad knowledge of the post-2015 process and where New Zealand should stand in the discussion and adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals.




Beyond GDP

Can the cornerstone of post-world-war recovery cope with the complexities of today’s world?

The debate around how we measure progress raises many questions: What do we as individuals and societies want out of our economies? Is the purpose of a national economy simply the aggregation of monetary wealth? What about our well-being and prosperity, our health and ideals? How can issues such as poverty, resource depletion, the state of natural resources or ecological conditions be considered when measuring the true advancement of a nation? Download the IHDP's Dimensions magazine here




Refugee Economies: Rethinking Popular Assumptions

This report by the Humanitarian Innovation Project at Oxford University is organised around five popular myths – 1) that refugees are economically isolated, 2) that they are a burden on host states, 3) that they are economically homogenous, 4) that they are technologically illiterate, and 5) that they are dependent on humanitarian assistance.The research challenges the myths and shows a refugee community that is nationally and transnationally integrated, contributes in positive ways to the national economy, is economically diverse, uses and creates technology, and is far from uniformly dependent on international assistance.




Sustaineo 2030: Learning Sustainable Development from the Future

This document takes a unique and exciting approach to post-2015 and sustainable development. Sustaineo 2030 takes us to the future, the year 2030, where we tour through the fictitious country looking at its ‘sustainable development-focused governance structures and policy instruments’. This resource highlights the sustainable policies that have been undertaken by individual governing bodies and shows how they could be implemented and enforced. While being an easy read it highlights that work is being done to address the big issues facing this planet.




The small majority

Half of CID members are small organisations with an annual turnover of less than half a million dollars and 63% of members are in the under $1 million bracket.Our counterpart in the UK, Bond, has supported research that looks at the dilemmas and challenges faced by small NGOs in the quest to survive. 'The Small Majority'  report looks at the distinctive contribution of smaller organisations to international development.





African women and girls at the grassroots - Their say on their world Post-2015

There is strong emphasis placed on participation of grassroots groups in development planning. ACORD is walking the talk with this landmark publication which details the voices of African women and girls from 45 workshops in 13 countries. The report illustrates the issues that the Post-2015 development framework must confront with graphic first-hand accounts from the participants.




Corporate influence in the Post-2015 process

Corporate_influence_in_the_Post-2015_process_webAs they grow larger and increasingly powerful, transnational corporations have become an actor to be reckoned with in international policy debates on poverty eradication, development, the environment and hum an rights. A recent investigation has identified a small group of companies, mainly in the financial industry with a disproportionate power over the global economy. This working paper examines the role of business actors in the process towards Post-2015 and warns against corporate capture.




Inequality in post-2015: Focus on the targets, not the goals?

This excellent ODI paper looks at creating targets to provide incentives for governments to tackle inequalities in specific areas. Understand the inequality argument in four easy pages. You can read the report here, or find more reports and resources on the post 2015 agenda key issues page.




Working for the few

Extreme inequality - 85 richest people own the wealth of half of the world's population - governments must tackle rigged rules. Find out more in Oxfam's report. Working for the few or find more resources and reports on the Human Development and Governance key issues page.



Financial trends for UK-based INGOs

As the development landscape changes and traditional sources of funding
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even more challenging for many organisations. This research report conducted by Bond, CID's sister organisation in the UK, aims to develop a better understanding of the income profiles of UK-based international NGOs, generate insight into their financial sustainability, and identify any trends associated with growth or decline in income.