CID Weekly: Last Day for Dinner Registrations, Events Dates

Posted on 27 October 2020

+ A week of events in our sector - short newsletter

This week is the joint CID/ACFID/PIANGO online conference so this will be a short newsletter.

Please join us online for parts of the conference or all of it and good luck to those of you with concurrent sessions!

Also please make sure you register for the CID dinner (and AGM) in parliament next week, hosted by the Hon. James Shaw (see below).

Any problems with registering please let us know - email Campbell or Luke on

+ LAST DAY TO REGISTER - CID Annual Dinner (and AGM) @ The Beehive hosted by Hon. James Shaw

All staff, friends of CIDs and colleagues across sectors are warmly welcomed to come together for a pre-Xmas dinner and get together after a difficult year.

The dinner in parliament will be hosted by the Hon. James Shaw who will make a short keynote speech and present the Collaboration award.

The CID AGM and dinner event will be held in the Grand Hall at the Beehive on 5 November, starting after lunch and going into the evening.

There will also be a panel discussion on the latest member survey, the annual Photo Competition and Collaboration Award, and entertainment.

Please join us for this exciting pre-Xmas celebration after a difficult year. 

Register here. 

+ Jeff Sachs -  keynote speaker at our online conference on Thursday!

Economist Jeffrey Sachs helped to get the UN Sustainable Development Goals off the ground, and is now heading the global Lancet Commission on Covid.

He will give the keynote speech at the CID/ACFID/PIANGO conference on Thursday at 12pm.

How will the global economy recover from this pandemic?

Developed countries are scrambling to shore up their economies.

So will the environment and developing nations be the losers?

It's not too late to register for the Oceania Connect conference

The virtual conference will be help from 27-30 October

REGISTER here   

The programme is filled with speakers, panel discussions, and 32 concurrent sessions from the sector.

Jeffrey Sachs’ address will be followed by a CID run panel on COVID and its  implications for development across the region.

The panel will be chaired by Shamal Dass (Head of Philanthropic Services, JBWere, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Centre for Social Impact UNSW Business School) and panel members will be: 

  • Emeline Siale Ilolahia (Executive Director, PIANGO)
  • Jeffrey Sachs (Economist, Professor & Director, Columbia University)
  • Craig Fisher (Chair, Fred Hollows Foundation NZ).

+ Treaty to prohibit Nuclear Weapons passes important threshold

A treaty aimed at destroying all nuclear weapons and forever prohibiting their use has hit an important benchmark, with Honduras becoming the 50th country to ratify the accord — the minimum needed for it to enter into force as international law.

The United Nations announced late Saturday that the ratification threshold had been achieved, a little more than three years after the treaty was completed in negotiations at the organization’s New York headquarters. Secretary General António Guterres said the 50th ratification was “the culmination of a worldwide movement to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons.”

While a number of international agreements to limit the development and proliferation of nuclear weapons were already in place, these weapons were only internationally prohibited in 2017, when the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was adopted. 


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+ Last week for Nominations: Annual Collaboration Award, to be presented by Hon. James Shaw

Celebrate the creative and collaborative skills 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 the information below on the CID Collaboration Award, which will be presented by the Hon. James Shaw,  and the CID Photo Competition for 2020. Winners will be announced at the Annual Dinner on 5 November.

CID Collaboration Award 2020
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, each other, local entrepreneurs or partners, governments, funders, private sector, consultants, academics or researchers. Applications must be submitted by 23rd 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.

+ Are we on track to end hunger?

Food insecurity has been increasing in recent years, and has been further exacerbated in 2020 by the coronavirus, reports Matt Cooper and Homi  Kharas of the Brookings Institute.

What can we expect for the next decade? What will current trends in climate change, economic growth, and demographic shifts mean for food security throughout the 2020s? With data from the Food and Agriculture Organization in partnership with Gallup World Poll, the World Data Labhas used machine learning techniques and the latest forecasts of global change to estimate the dynamics of food insecurity for the coming decade.

Key points:

  • Hunger is declining but very slowly

  • East Asia is on track to decrease food insecurity 

  • In sub-Saharan Africa, on the other hand, the number of food insecure will continue to rise

+ Come and work with us at CID - still time to apply!

Are you a passionate, well-organised, international development specialist, wanting to contribute to strengthening the sector and its impact from a New Zealand base?

Council for International Development (CID) is seeking a strategic player to join the small team and get things done.

With a focus on leadership as the sector adapts to COVID, we’re looking for someone who can engage strategically with members, design and help us deliver events, training and workshops to strengthen capacity and impact. We also want your leadership to expand networks across sectors, find new members and diversify funds.

Could the breadth of activities that come with this role be the change you are looking for?

If you are an international development specialist, preferably with public and private sector experience, can plan ahead and think methodically, are able to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders, are strategic, logical and confident in problem solving techniques, and thrive in a small constructive team, we want to hear from you.

Please send your CV and cover letter to outlining why you are interested in the role. Please apply before 5pm 27 October 2020.

Job description is here. 

+ Rise of Chinese aid - risks and opportunities

China’s overseas development spending rocketed to US$69.6 billion in 2009 – more than double the US commitment that same year and a five-fold increase on China’s own 2008 lending. 

BOND's Heather Hutchings analyses the risks and opportunities.

"China has pursued an ambitious development strategy through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), launched in 2013. This initiative now encompasses more than 70 countries, which is one third of global trade and over 60% of the world's population, by the World Bank’s assessment

"As highlighted in Bond’s report on transitions shaping the UK’s international development system, China has cemented its position as one of the world’s largest development financers. And it paves new routes to development – typically non-conditional, chiefly commercial, loans to fund mega-infrastructure development projects delivered by Chinese state-owned companies." 

We are now seeing the emergence of  a “Health Silk Road” edging out the BRI in Beijing’s rhetoric, mirroring a downward trend of investment in the BRI exacerbated by Covid-19, writes Heather.


+ Gender lens philanthropy in a time of COVID

As Covid-19 has swept the globe it has had acute impacts on women and girls, including rising rates of domestic violence and economic insecurity, especially for Indigenous women, other black and brown women, and those working in informal sectors.

Join The Asia Foundation and Philanthropy New Zealand to discuss how grantmaking organisations and individual philanthropists can apply a gender and social inclusion lens to their giving to achieve greater impact.

Moderated by Jane Sloane, Senior Director for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality at The Asia Foundation, this webinar will feature a welcome from Sue McCabe, CEO of Philanthropy New Zealand, and the following expert panelists: Sarah Haacke Byrd, CEO of Women Moving Millions; Melanie Brown, Senior Program Officer for US Policy and Advocacy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Tuti B. Scott, Interim CEO of Tides Foundation USA; and Lucy Lee, Senior Associate for Volition Capital and Lotus Circle Bay Area convener. Learn more about the guest speakers

Date: October 29 at 9.00am NZ time
Free to view

Register here


+ Save the Date: MFAT Virtual NGO Hui on 10 December

MFAT’s Pacific and Development Group are pleased to announce the annual NGO Hui – this year held virtually on Thursday 10 December.
Details to come

+ CID Activities 
  • Annual conference - Oceania Connect with ACFID and PIANGO (27-30 Oct)
  • Preparations for AGM and CID Annual Dinner Event (5 Nov)
  • Review of member Code compliance self-assessment triennials resubmissions
  • Redrafting of Unsolicited Bilateral Donations campaign proposal
  • Collation of CID Humanitarian Network capacity chart in preparation of Cyclone Season
  • Nominations for Code Committee and Humanitarian Network
  • 2019/2020 Membership Survey report development
  • ACFID/PIANGO/CID meetings and actions
  • Refinement of new strategy - ready to present at AGM
  • Preparations for Gender Workshop (mid November)
  • In partnership with Mekong Club, progression of research on responsible recruitment of migrant workers in Asia, and the impact of recruitment practices on modern slavery
  • Sponsorship of research on Digital Access Across Cultures
  • Recruitment of new staff to CID.