CID Humanitarian Network

The Council for International Development facilitates the CID Humanitarian Network (formerly the NDRF), a standing committee of CID members that have an interest and involvement in international humanitarian response and emergency management issues.

The aim of the Humanitarian Network is to provide a collective civil society voice and forum for cooperation and shared learning for best practice in international humanitarian assistance for New Zealand NGOs. Humanitarian Network members work closely together during humanitarian emergencies to minimise duplication and ensure their response is as effective as possible.

The Humanitarian Network is an open forum and encourages non-CID members and observers, such as the Red Cross and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), to engage with the Humanitarian Network and contribute to the outcomes of the forum.

For more information about the Humanitarian Network and up-to-date information on the latest emergencies, contact, and see CID’s recent Press Releases.

The Terms of Reference for the Humanitarian Network are available here

CID Humanitarian Network Terms of Reference




Our People - Humanitarian Network

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Carlos Calderon Bonilla

Humanitarian Network Chair

Humanitarian and disaster management specialist with over 22-year experience in Africa, Latin America, Middle East, The Pacific and New Zealand – Aotearoa.  During these years, Carlos developed humanitarian strategies and programmes, policies, influencing strategies, relationships and institutional representation, at local, regional and global levels.  Currently working for a second period as Oxfam Aotearoa’s Humanitarian Lead, Carlos worked for Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Oxfam Intermon (Spain), UNRWA Spanish Committee, Red Cross Spain and UNICEF, among others. Former NGO Disaster Relief Forum (NDRF) Deputy Chair from 2016 to 2017. Carlos’s Thematic experience covers humanitarian coordination & information management, water sanitation & hygiene (WASH), food security and livelihoods (FSL) and logistics. Focus on human rights, children, gender, protection, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

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Anna Downing

Humanitarian Network Deputy Chair 

Anna has over 10 years of experience in International Emergency Management and Community Development in Australia, New Zealand, America, and Vanuatu, and has managed projects in the Pacific, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe. Anna is currently part of ADRAs Global emergency management advisory committee, providing guidance and developing resources for ADRAs network of offices around the world. Anna has been a part of ADRAs global emergency response team for the past 8 years and has responded to emergencies in the Pacific, Asia, and Europe, in various capacities from Regional Coordination to Programme Management to Human Resource Management.

Anna has experience both in programme design and implementation and has developed and maintained relationships, both internally and externally, at the global, regional level, and local levels. These experiences have given Anna a broad understanding and appreciation for the challenges at every level. Anna’s has a passion for working with the local communities to build resilience to disasters. Anna’s thematic experience includes humanitarian coordination, food security and livelihoods, water sanitation & hygiene, safeguarding, disaster risk reduction, cash voucher assistance programming, public health in humanitarian settings, and human resource management.


Stuart Meiklejohn

CID - Standards and Humanitarian Manager

Stuart has worked in a number of emergency management and policy roles in New Zealand government. He has worked at the National Emergency Management Agency for the last three and a half years in planning and emergency welfare services, working closely with NGOs involved in domestic responses. He has also been involved in government responses to Cyclone Gabrielle, COVID-19, and Whakaari/White Island emergencies along with many others. Other roles include senior advisor for emergency management at the Ministry of Social Development, and private secretary for biosecurity while working for the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Stuart has also spent a number of years overseas in emergency management and humanitarian roles, including a year in the Philippines in disaster management planning and a year in Mongolia working for their National Emergency Management Agency.

Stuart has undergraduate degrees in law and business, a master’s degree focused on international law, a post-graduate diploma in emergency management, and has volunteered for eight years in Land Search and Rescue.