CID Weekly: COVID's impact on kids, events, podcasts, webinars

Posted on 15 September 2020

+ Impact of COVID on children - new report

CID member, Save the Children have launched their global report -  Protect a Generation: The impact of COVID-19 on children’s lives.

Earlier this year, Save carried out a global survey to understand the true impact that COVID-19 has had on children and their families, and to hear directly from children themselves. The survey is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind – capturing the voices of over 25,000 children, parents and caregivers from 37 countries.

Key findings:

  1. 80% of children surveyed said they’ve learned little or nothing during the pandemic. 
  2. Nearly 90% of people surveyed have struggled to access healthcare and medicine, with two-thirds having issues getting the food they need. 
  3. 77% of households surveyed said they had lost income during the pandemic, with poorer households hit harder. Additionally, 19% of households in which children reported that violence had taken place had lost all or most of their household income due to COVID-19. 

"These findings send a clear message: the COVID-19 pandemic has widened pre-existing inequalities. The most marginalised and vulnerable, already struggling to stay healthy, stay safe or go to school, are being pushed even further behind. There is a real danger that there will be a reversal of progress made over the last 20 years, says Save the Children CEO Heidi Coetzee.

+ Podcast: PNG faces economic hardship post COVID

Australia's ABC channel has produced this podcast on the 'economic disaster' facing Papua New Guinea thanks to COVID. 


+ More on INGO mergers

Another helpful blog from BOND in the UK about to 'merge or not to merge'.

"There is a perception that a merger will always involve the takeover of one charity by another, usually larger, charity. While this is often the case, there are other ways of merging that can help NGOs better achieve their missions. "

And a related piece on how Start-Ups can work with NGOs.

"INGOs need to explore collaboration with diverse actors and different response formations if they want to build a more adaptive, less formulaic and more effective response capacity."

new report by Nesta and Save the Children, in partnership with Bond, explores the different ways INGOs can work with startups.

+ Shift in advocacy activities for CID members

CID recently released this quarter's Advocacy Snapshot, showcasing our members' advocacy activities from May - August 2020.

This period saw a significant shift in focus compared to previous periods, due to recent events like the Beirut blast and ongoing COVID responses. The report compiles member's advocacy activities, with a focus on the thematic distribution.

In the Jan-Apr 2020 period, the most prominent themes of Members’ advocacy activities were COVID-19 and environmental.

However in the May-August period, members shifted their activities to advocate for those impacted by the tragic Beirut blast in early August, as well as continuing to advocate for those worst affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This quarter also saw a rise in youth-related advocacy activities, with many Members recognising youth as the most vulnerable during the current pandemic. 25% of advocacy activities from this quarter were related to youth.

There is also in increase in collaboration, with advocacy activities such as the joint press release by thirteen aid organisations warning that children in low-income countries will be the most affected by the global pandemic being a prime demonstration of this shift in focus.

The Oxfam led Big Hearts campaign also continued, with a focus on advocacy for increased aid levels (0.7%) amongst other issues, to deal with increased need post COVID. 

The full report can be viewed here.

+ Send nominations: Photo Competition & Collaboration Award 

It is that time of the year again, when we celebrate the creative and collaborative side of the sector. 

The impact of COVID has made this year particularly challenging, but many of these challenges have been mitigated through innovation, collaboration and the awesome creativity of the sector.

Please see below information on the CID Collaboration Award, and the CID Photo Competition for 2020. Winners will be announced at the Annual Dinner taking place on the 5th November.

2020 CID Collaboration Award

We want to hear from CID Members and Associate Members that have successfully worked together on a project with a mix of organisations and individuals – for example, local entrepreneurs or partners, governments, funders, private sector, consultants, academics or researchers. Applications must be submitted by 15th October, and will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The narrative - how compellingly you tell the project's story
  • The scope - who and how many people were reached
  • The impact - what is the likelihood of impact and sustainability
  • The collaboration - how the collaboration led to the successes or results of this project.
2020 CID Photo Competition

The broader theme of the 2020 CID Photo Competition is Covid-19 related activities, with submissions to showcase partnership, collaboration and good development outcomes. The photo competition is sponsored by Fisher Print. Further information is on the CID website at the link above, and we are accepting submission up until 15th October, and will also be announced at the CID Annual Dinner.

Submission are to be provided under three catagories:
  • For Amateur Photographers:
    • Development
    • Humanitarian Aid | Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 
  • For NZ-based Professional Photographers:
    • Humanitarian and Development 

Waste-to-energy project in Maldives  

As an island state, the Maldives does not have a lot of land to waste.

80% of its total land area is distributed among 1,200 coral islands, of which only 188 are inhabited, many are remote, and nearly all are physically vulnerable to rising sea levels.
Over 30 years ago the Maldives created the artificial island of Thilafushi to serve as a dumpsite for waste. 

But because the Maldives’ economy is based on tourism and fisheries, both of which rely heavily on a pristine environment, a more sustainable solution to the garbage problem had to be found.
The Government of Maldives, with support from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and other multilateral development banks, is putting up a sustainable regional solid waste treatment system in the Greater Malé region.

It will ensure the safe disposal or recycling of waste, reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of the island state, and generating electricity from waste-to-energy. The facility is intended to handle 500 tons of waste per day and convert it to electricity, which is eventually expected to generate eight megawatts (MW) of surplus electricity by the end of 2024.
Details available here 

+ Panel discussion on 'Health of the Aid Sector post COVID'

Join us for a panel discussion on the state of New Zealand's aid and development sector post COVID.

Panellists will include the authors of the recent report 'Health of the New Zealand INGO Sector', Craig Fisher and Darren Ward, plus CEOs from the sector, media and others.

CID members, friends, media, MFAT staff, and parliamentary colleagues are all invited.

Please join us for a stimulating and informal discussion on the aid sector post COVID.

Nibbles will be served and drinks are available.
Date: Thursday 24 September
Time: 5pm – 6pm
Venue: The Backbencher Pub, 34 Molesworth St, Thornton, Wellington
$10 entry fee.

Any question please contact Campbell at

+ 'Five to Thrive' launched

CID member, Save the Children joined Barnardos, Te Kahui Mana Ririki, and Whānau Āwhina Plunket to launch a joint campaign "to put the needs of tamariki at the top of the agenda ahead of Election 2020, calling for politicians and all people in Aotearoa to support five vital ‘asks’ for children."

The Five to Thrive campaign asks politicians to commit to addressing these issues, and the voting public to support calls for urgent progress to be made.

The five asks are:

  • Realise the potential of whānau Māori
  • Invest in Children's early years
  • Lift children and families out of poverty
  • Affordable and healthy homes
  • Focus on mental health for children and new parents

To find out more about the campaign, go to

+ ACFID update on sexual abuse report

ACFID has just published its second annual update on the recommendations of the independent review to improve the practice and response in the prevention of sexual misconduct which took place in 2018, after allegations of misconduct in aid charities overseas.

The update sets out how ACFID organisations have progressed since the first report. 

You can access both reports here.

CID members have worked closely with MFAT and taken part in a number of safeguarding workshops, and the CID Code of Conduct has been updated to include more requirements and accountability around managing the risk of sexual abuse or exploitation.

Work to consolidate lessons learnt in safeguarding continues. Our way of working has changed and that's a good thing. There is always more that can be done, and CID remains committed to constant improvement and to supporting members wherever possible. 

+ Registrations open for the CID/ACFID/PIANGO conference 

Please register now to take part in this historic event, and take advantage of the early bird pricing. 

For the first time, the international development networks of New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific are joining together to hold an Oceania Connect Regional Conference. Held from 27-30 October, the conference will focus on fulfilling the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, and how best to respond and rebuild during COVID.

Registrations are now open.


+ Save the Date: CID Annual Dinner and AGM - 5 Nov

CID's Annual General Meeting (AGM) and dinner event with keynote speaker, entertainment, awards, photo competition, and debate is planned for 5 November 2020. 

Please save the date.

CID's AGM and dinner event will be face to face  - COVID permitting! A chance to get together as a sector after a challenging year.

This is the week following CID's annual conference (this year held online, in partnership with ACFID in Australia and PIANGO in the Pacific).

Save the date! Book your travel.

+ Case studies: Safeguarding kids with disability

BOND UK has compiled this collection of helpful case studies on safeguarding children with disabilities.


+ CID Webinar: Tonkin + Taylor Rohingya Disaster Impact Assessment 

Join CID and Tonkin + Taylor on Thursday, 17th September  at 12:30pm to hear about their Disaster Impact Assessment modelling for the Rohingya refugee community.

In 2017, more than 700,000 Rohingya people fled their home country of Myanmar to escape the horrific ethnic cleansing they faced for being Muslim.They settled in the southeast of Bangladesh, joining 250,000 Rohingya already living there.

Now, more than one million Rohingya inhabit the largest refugee camp in the world, with no sign of a return home in the near future. The area where the camp is located is particularly prone to natural disasters.

United Nations Development Programme engaged Tonkin + Taylor International to develop a multi-hazards impact model for the Rohingya refugees and surrounding host communities in Ukhia and Teknaf sub-districts in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. 

The aim of this model was to understand the number of people that might be affected in a cyclone and what level of damage might occur. The T&T team modelled cyclones for different categories, including a Category 4, and the models included possible cyclone-caused land slips and storm surges from the ocean.

This data helps UNDP to look at ways to be better prepared, reducing the impact through different disaster resilience strategies. This project was completed in March 2020. 

In this webinar, they will be discussing:

  1. The Methodology behind generating disaster impact models,
  2. The scale of impacts expected from cascading and compound scenarios, and
  3. Supporting humanitarian contingency planning.

+ Webinar: Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Asia

16 September 2020
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (GMT+9 Tokyo time); 1.00 PM - 4.00 PM NZ Time

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting falls in demand due both to uncertainty and policy interventions such as lockdowns, social distancing, and travel restrictions are making a severe impact on Asian economies.
In many of them, micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) constitute the majority of economic activity and employment. Together with households, MSMEs will bear the brunt of the pandemic’s negative impacts. In order to develop appropriate policy responses, it is necessary to obtain a correct understanding of the current situation of MSMEs and households in Asia.
This side event will present the results of the latest survey work by the Asian Development Bank and the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) to assess these impacts.
The researchers will focus on the following areas:

  • Impacts of Covid-19 on MSMEs
  • Impacts of Covid-19 on Households
  • Impacts of Covid-19 on Enterprises and Farmers
  • Impacts of Covid-19 on Tourism

 Register here

+ Sector Survey - Please complete! 

The 2019/2020 Membership Survey needs to be completed by September 18.

A reminder to CID member CEOs to prioritise completing the survey. The data is used by MFAT and decision makers to get a snap shot of the sector, where we work, who we work with and how we're tracking. 

It will be launched at a public event with media later this year.

All CEOs would have received the link for the survey (sent on 18 August).

Thank you very much to those who have already completed it. To those organisations still yet to complete it, please complete and submit by 18 September.

Any questions, please contact Campbell at

Thank you.

+ DEVNET Conference update

There is a special deal for NGO registrations: you can send 3 people from any one NGO for the price of 2 registrations, or 5 people for the price of 3!  

NGO people can submit a practitioner abstract – so presentations don’t have to be research-based like at typical academic conferences. 
Here are a few named sessions still needing submissions that might especially appeal to practitioners:
  • Confessions of a Development Practitioner
  • Climate Mobilities, Mobility Justice and Planned Relocation in the Asia-Pacific
  • Geopolitics and international development cooperation in a time of coronavirus
  • Health security
  • Labour mobility in lockdown
  • Resource extraction and land grabbing in the Pacific
  • SDGs: Just another set of goals?
  • Talking aid: how to communicate for a better world
We are also still accepting abstracts for papers on other themes for General Sessions that fit the ‘Development Matters’ focus of the conference.
Please find the links for abstract submission here, and descriptions of the named sessions, attached.…/
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+ UN webinar with civil society & Secretary General 

Women's civil society organisations have been at the front line of response to the COVID-19 pandemic, promoting life-saving information and public health messaging, building institutional trust and community resilience, and helping inform and engage marginalised communities.

This virtual townhall meeting will provide an opportunity for women’s civil society organisation to engage with the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, share their experiences of COVID and their recommendations to the UN to address the crisis and rebuild a more sustainable and inclusive future.

You can view the live webcast moderated by UN Women Executive Director,
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at

The concept note is here and the official invitation here

+ CID Strategy Consultation - 17th & 18th Sept

CID's strategy is being revised to ensure direction is clear, purpose is relevant and the organisation can optimise effectiveness throughout the next 3 years, i.e. 2020 - 2023.

We are keen to hear your views as we develop the strategy further.

To facilitate this, we will be hosting three 1-hour zoom sessions for members, the purpose of which is to collate further input and feedback to assist in the revision of CID's strategy.  Each session will be run as an online focus group.

Further consultation sessions will be held on 17th and 18th September. If you wish to get involved, please sign up here  - please only register for one of the sessions.

Save The Date:
  • CID AGM and Annual Dinner Event - 5 November 2020
+ CID Activities 
  • Move of CID Office to new location (to Save the Children office)
  • Annual conference preparations in progress - Oceania Connect with ACFID and PIANGO
  • Preparations for Humanitarian Network meeting on Tues, 22nd September
  • Preparations for MFAT Workshop on NZDRP revisions
  • Preparations for 2020 Photo Competition & Collaboration Awards
  • Development of draft CID Strategy and consultations on feedback
  • Annual Report
  • 2019/2020 Membership Survey in progress
  • ACFID/PIANGO/CID meetings and actions
  • Preparations for Gender Workshop
  • Preparations for Health of the Sector panel event on 24 September