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CID Weekly: Chaos in Afghanistan, disaster in Haiti, Global Giving Week appeals launched

Posted on 17 August 2021

Development & Humanitarian News

+ Vaccine roll out dashboard - last 7 days

The above graph shows the rolling 7-day average of COVID vaccine doses administered per 100 people for selected countries.

For more information go to Our World in Data
Also see the new article Tracking Global COVID-19 Vaccine Equity for more on the disparities in the global vaccine progress.

+ Chaos in Afghanistan

"When we left Afghanistan and how we left Afghanistan are two different questions. Biden answered the first but not the second. And it is the second that will shape the situation over the coming weeks and months," tweets Anne Applebaum of The Atlanta magazine today.

There is no doubt the withdrawal from Afghanistan is a disaster. Analysts were divided over Biden's decisions to withdraw so suddenly. Some claimed the 'stay longer, leave better' approach had failed, and 20 years has turned into a 'forever war'. Others said withdrawal would leave vulnerable Afghans, particular women and girls at the mercy of the Taliban.

Turns out they were right. 

It is clear now that even the moderate gains over 20 years, of girls being able to go to school and women to work have been tragically reversed. 

A group of expert at the Atlantic Council sum up their views here, where most agree, even if the decision to withdraw was defensible, the execution has been appalling.

"Now there is no government, no counterterrorism, no pluralism, no women’s rights. Only a mob scene at Kabul airport, and disgrace," writes Andrew L. Peek at the Atlantic Council.

+ A Humanitarian disaster unfolding

Immediate action is needed now to avert a massive humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan, says Irfan Nooruddin, director of the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center.

"The international community must state unequivocally to the Taliban that atrocities against women and girls will be met with harsh sanctions. Regional actors that have aided and abetted the Taliban over the past two decades should face similar consequences."

An estimated 22 million people in Afghanistan are in need of humanitarian assistance today.

Aid organisations in the country now find themselves in a precarious position. It is unclear what Taliban rule will mean for their work — they still need to deliver services while constantly monitoring the evolving situation, writes Amruta Byatnal in Devex.

“It's our modus operandi to be here before the crisis and after the crisis, and probably right now we’re within the crisis,” said Mustapha Ben Messaoud, chief of field operations at UNICEF Afghanistan.

The majority of many aid agency employees in the country are women, and there is a question over whether they will feel safe going to work under Taliban rule.

Access, freedom of movement, and funding will be the biggest challenges. Several organizations told Devex that they will continue to work in the country, but will have to wait to see the extent of services they can deliver.

Here are 13 local charities working on the ground right now, accepting donations to maintain food and water and medical support.

  • Afghan Aid is responding with emergency assistance where needed and supporting families who have lost their homes and livelihoods as a result of the conflict. 
  • Islamic relief: Afghanistan is assisting families forced to flee their homes as Afghanistan sits on the brink of famine. This June, Afghanistan officially fell into drought, making rough conditions even worse.
  • The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has launched a campaign to provide lifesaving aid, provide emergency cash assistance and protection services for internally displaced people in Kabul.
  • Afghan Women and Children and Jalala foundation have teamed up to protect women and children fighting to survive following decades of war
  • Enabled Children Initiative runs Window of Hope private care home in Kabul, which provides care to Afghan children and youths with disabilities from around the country

+ Death toll from Haiti earthquake now over 1,200

The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Haiti climbed to 1,297 on Sunday, a day after the powerful temblor turned thousands of structures into rubble and set off franctic rescue efforts ahead of a potential deluge from an approaching storm.

Saturday’s earthquake also left at least 5,700 people injured in the Caribbean nation, with thousands more displaced from their destroyed or damaged homes.

Meanwhile Tropical Depression Grace drenched earthquake-damaged Haiti yesterday, threatening to dump up to 15 inches of rain on a landscape where people are huddling in fields and searching for survivors. 

The UN has stated that a "humanitarian corridor" through Haiti's gang-infested areas should be established so aid can flow to the southern regions. The United Nations and the Haitian government have struggled to send medical supplies and doctors by road to the town of Les Cayes, which bore the brunt of the damage, due to security concerns. Instead, they have been using boats and air transport.

+ NZ aid charities with appeals now

CID member agencies with appeals for Afghanistan or Haiti:

Childfund: Raising funds for Haiti earthquake response

Caritas: Responding to Haiti and Afghanistan

Christian World Service (CWS): Appeals for Haiti

CID will release information about more appeals as they are launched.


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Members Activities & Updates

+ Panel and Networking Event - Survey of the NZ International Development Sector

As part of Global Giving Week, CID is hosting an event to launch the annual survey of the sector report. There will be free nibbles and time to socialise.

Panel event:
When: Wednesday 18 August at 5.30pm-6.30pm
Where: The Backbencher Gastropub, 34 Molesworth St, Wellington
Who: Panellists (with CID’s Director Josie Pagani facilitating):

  • Jonathan Kings, Deputy Secretary Pacific & Development Group, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Michelle Sharp, CEO UNICEF
  • Janette Searle, Managing Director Take My Hands
  • Terence Wood, Research Fellow - Development Policy Centre Australia

Last chance to join us tomorrow - Visit here to register!

+ 2021 CID Photography Contest & Exhibition

We are excited to be doing things a little bit differently for this years CID Photography competition. We have a new category, and will be providing an opportunity to have your photos (along with your organisation) exhibited to the public. 

Along with the three categories from the previous year, we have a new section to celebrate the work of our own colleagues, volunteers and friends here in New Zealand. Organisations will be able to enter under four categories:

  1. Development (amateur photographers)
  2. Humanitarian Aid & Emergency Response/ DRR (amateur photographers)
  3. Staff & Volunteers (can include Aotearoa-based staff) (amateur)
  4. Professional photographers/ Humanitarian & Development - for photographers based in NZ (non-prize category)
More information and to submit see the CID Website. Entries by Mon, 6th September, to allow us time to exhibit them to the public.
The 2021 CID Photography competition is sponsored by Fisher Print Ltd. 

+ Aotearoa SDG Summit 2021

The collaborative Aotearoa SDG Summit takes place on Thursday, 2nd September and Friday 3rd September at Canterbury University. With many interactive sessions based around collaborations for systemic change, this conference aims to explore how through collaboration we can create both the world we want and the world we need.

Visit here to book your tickets!

+ Do you want to facilitate a session at the 2021 CID Conference?

The 2021 CID Conference will bring together New Zealand and Pacific international development sectors after a tumultuous year to reflect, and to regroup on a new blueprint for aid and development.

If your organisation is interested in facilitating a session at the CID Annual Conference on 26th October 2021, we would love to hear from you! This opportunity is a chance to present and share collective challenges with representatives from across the sector. Please fill in this form with an outline of your proposed session idea.

Fill in the Expressions of Interest form here. Due 31st August.

+ Registrations now open for Conference 2021!
Early bird registration now open! get your tickets on the CID website.

If you would like to share your organisation's jobs, events, or recent activities, please send an email to with an outline of the activity so it can be added to the next edition of the CID Weekly. 

Pacific News in Brief 

+ Pacific 'Reset' (or 'Step Up') or business as usual?

Despite claims of a Pacific ‘Step-up’ and ‘Reset’, very little has changed in Australia and New Zealand’s attitude to the region, former Secretary of Papua New Guinea’s Department of Foreign Affairs Leonard Louma states.

Reflecting on the recent talk by Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Honorable Senator Zed Seselja, and Her Excellency Dame Annette King, New Zealand High Commissioner to Australia, Louma felt that he did not see a Pacific 'Step Up' or 'Reset' - just business as usual.
+ Urgent supplies arrive for Fiji

Hundreds of thousands of medical supplies have arrived in Fiji to support the response against the deadly surge in Covid-19 cases, reports RNZ.

The supplies were sent by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

+ Pacific Voice special: Vanuatu RSE workers

Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) capture a first hand account of life as an RSE worked in New Zealand. 

Tom says, “RSE employers have had to bear the rising cost of bringing in workers while also facing the threat of losing trained Ni Vanuatu workers to other Labour Mobility Schemes in Australia…and before we know it - possible man versus machine scenario where the human touch will only be a distant memory.”

+ 40 years since Springbok Tour Riots 

This past weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the first rugby Test of the Springboks’ 1981 tour in Christchurch. The 1981 Springbok rugby tour of New Zealand will always have a special place in any narrative about the international fight against apartheid in South Africa.

The protests against the Springboks playing sport here reverberated around the world – delivering an important blow to South Africa’s regime while giving a resounding boost to those there fighting against apartheid. 

South Africans in their droves got out of bed in the middle of the night to watch the first ever live telecast of a rugby game in that country. What they saw instead was 300 protesters linking arms in the middle of Hamilton’s Rugby Park – declaring they would not leave till the tour had been called off. On South Africa’s Robben Island, Nelson Mandela was spending his 18th year in jail. He said when the prisoners learned that an anti-apartheid protest had stopped the game, they were jubilant. 

In the aftermath of the tour, racism took centre stage in Aotearoa New Zealand with an intense public debate that helped set this country on a new path, including the apology for the Dawn Raids last week.

For a timeline of the Dawn Raids apology, have a look at Pacific Cooperation Foundation here. 


Useful Links, Webinars & Podcasts

+ Podcast: Afghan interpreter now a target for Taliban 

The nonprofit No One Left Behind, which works to help interpreters secure visas, says several hundred Afghan interpreters and their family members have already been killed since 2001 because of their association with American forces.

You can listen to the podcast here with a local man, whom the Americans called Reggie, who says he's now in constant fear at his home in Kabul.

There are roughly 40 interpreters, electricians and drivers who worked with NZDF and aid charities over the last 20 years, asking for visas to bring them and their families to safety here.
Reach out to us on:
  • Let us know about your new appeals for Afghanistan or Haiti
  • Any events coming up in the remainder of the year that you would like to let everyone know about?
  • Does your organisation do some innovative work or are planning an innovative project, that you think others could learn from?
  • Do you have a consultancy firm and want more connections with NZ NGOs, thought about becoming an affiliate member or sponsoring our conference?
Contact us here.
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