New Zealand’s non-government-organisations (NGOs) and charities working internationally are active in over sixty countries, and generate about $182 million for development and humanitarian assistance each year.
“Our NGOs go to where the need is greatest. They’re often the only face of New Zealand in some of the most challenging regions of the world,” says Josie Pagani, Director of the Council for International Development (CID).
Results from CID’s latest survey of New Zealand’s international NGOs reveal a vibrant sector active close to home in the Pacific and South-East Asia, and in countries like South Sudan, Iraq and Syria.
But the sector faces challenges. While the New Zealand public continues to be the principle source of funding, providing 56% of revenues, that support has declined by nearly 15% over a decade.
“The NGO model is evolving. The survey shows a sector rising to that challenge, exploring new ways of working and funding, and making new partnerships - both with each other and with the private sector,” says Josie Pagani.
Snapshot of the international aid sector:
On Monday April 3, 2017 CID held a roundtable discussion to dig deeper into the findings from its 2016 member survey, covering the size and scope of the sector, shared challenges and emerging trends in NGO approaches to development practice, and the state of CID member relationships with key development stakeholders.
The independent experts who took part in the roundtable were:
Listen to the audio from the roundtable below.
For a copy of the survey report click here.