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 Ministry for Civil Defence and Emergency Management, 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


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 8 years experience working in International Emergency Management and Community Development. My experience has seen me manage Australian and New Zealand funded development and humanitarian programs across Africa, South East Asia, and the Pacific.


Aaron Davy

CID - Standards and Humanitarian Manager

Aaron has been involved in the development and emergency response/humanitarian sector since the late 90s. With a background in policy and operations, personnel and organisational compliance, training and human resources, Aaron has previously worked for MFAT’s NZ Aid Programme, and managed the International Aid Worker Programme for NZ Red Cross. Aaron has been part of humanitarian programmes in the Pacific, Timor-Leste, Ukraine, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, and Australia. Most recently, Aaron was based in Samoa where he supported capacity-building and surge support for human resourcing. Aaron has a keen interest in the supporting best-practise and impact, but also the important role that being personable and ‘enjoyment of work’ has not only upon staff well-being but also productivity within an increasingly stressful sector.