About CID: Celebrating 30 years

CID Board - AGM 2014

 From right to left: Maria Trogolo (FairTrade Australia and New Zealand), Bert Maerten (Oxfam New Zealand), Chair: Seth Le Leu (World Vision), Paul Thompson (Banzaid), Victoria Fray (ADRA New Zealand), Pauline McKay (CWS), Absent – Graham Hassall (United Nations Association of New Zealand), Ian McInnes (TEARFund)



The Council for International Development (CID) is the national umbrella agency of international development organisations based in Aotearoa New Zealand. CID was formed in 1985 by a small group of development NGOs and aid agencies to coordinate some activities and present a single voice on issues of common concern. Today CID represents over 50 members, from small community based organisations to large international NGOs. CID is governed by a board made up of member organisations.

Check out where members are working on our interactive map
- CID members in the world




CID exists to support effective aid and development programmes with the vision of achieving a sustainable world free from poverty and injustice. CID supports members to become more effective as development and humanitarian actors. CID also engages with key actors and the public to promote members’ interests and acts as an informed, visible and influential voice for sustainable development. CID’s work includes:

  • Keeping members informed about events, news, policy and practice via a fortnightly e-newsletter,
  • Strengthening links between organisations and individuals involved in development,
  • Managing a forum for the 16 members involved in responding to natural disasters overseas,
  • Liaising with the government, especially the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, on policy and funding issues,
  • Raising aid and development issues with the government and political parties,
  • Working to increase public awareness of international development needs and issues,

In February 2012, CID released Working together for effective aid and development - Brief to the incoming government,

We work actively with counterpart organisations in Australia and the Pacific.




The membership of CID adopted its new Code of Conduct in October 2014. Members are working towards full compliance over the next three years.

The CID Code of conduct is a voluntary, self-regulatory sector code of good practice that aims to improve international development outcomes and increase stakeholder trust by enhancing the transparency and accountability of signatory organisations.

The Code sets out standards in three areas of accountability – Programming Principles, Public engagement and Organisation. Each of these is divided in sections, with principals and obligations.




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