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CID Weekly: Covid in Africa, trust in Australia NGOs, upcoming events in the sector

Posted on 29 June 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

+ Australian MPs urge harder line on Myanmar

Australian lawmakers have pressed their government to step up its pressure against Myanmar’s military government, by considering the imposition of fresh sanctions on leading commanders and military enterprises, reports Sebastian Strangio in The Diplomat.

'Since the coup, at least 800 people have been killed by the security forces, while thousands have been arrested.'

New Zealand has suspended all high-level political and military contact with Myanmar, but stopped short of other sanctions.

+ Stuck in the Weeds: Accountability to affected people

We would be hard pressed to find a topic more pervasive in global humanitarian speak than accountability to affected people (AAP), its unofficial motto ‘putting people at the centre’ the catch-cry of almost every humanitarian reform process, discussion and publication. Self-reports indicate there is no shortage of practical effort.

But the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) Alliance has shown that there is a ‘difference between what we see in policy and what takes place in practice.’ In truth, 

The Humanitarian Advisory Group report 'Accountability to affected people: Stuck in the Weeds' provides a summary of the evaluations and reviews that have concluded that AAP is not having its intended impact. The paper concludes by proposing six ways to think about improved outcome-focused AAP. These are intended to support conversations and progress thinking that can support humanitarian leaders in finding a path out of the weeds.

+ Africa faces third wave of Covid

When the expected Covid crisis across Africa didn't happen, many concluded that African governments and health institutions might have something to teach their wealthier counterparts around the world, reports Devex.

'Now Africa faces a third wave of COVID-19 transmission, driven by highly contagious variants and public fatigue — and 18 months into this global crisis, the staggering inequality of access to the tools needed to fight it could mean the continent’s good news story is reaching its limit.

'Only about 1.1% of the continent’s population has been fully immunised.'

'At this month’s G-7 summit, leaders pledged 870 million vaccine doses — but they only intend to deliver half of those by the end of 2021.

It is estimated around 11 billion vaccines are needed to ensure all countries reach some level of herd immunity.

Already, 18 countries in Africa have used 80% of the vaccines they have received through COVAX. The continent needs an additional 215 million doses to fully vaccinate 10% of its population, and around 700 million doses to reach 30% of the population by the end of the year, according to WHO’s Dr. Matshidiso Moeti. 

'Health experts puzzled over how African countries initially kept Covid at bay. If the third wave proves more devastating, the collective failure to deliver proven defenses will be an obvious culprit', reports Devex.

+ Aid Worker fatalities in Tigray region

Three Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) aid workers who had been working in Ethiopia’s Tigray region were  found dead on Friday last week. MSF stated that they had lost contact with the workers while they were traveling on Thursday afternoon. Their bodies were found near their empty car the following morning..

The Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD) records major incidents of violence against aid workers, with incident reports from 1997 through the present. Initiated in 2005, to date the AWSD remains the sole comprehensive global source of these data, providing the evidence base for analysis of the changing security environment for civilian aid operations. The AWSD details that there have been 78 major attacks against humanitarian staff this year, with 60 fatalities recorded in 2021 alone.

+ ECOSOC - Global NGO hui with UN

This week, hundreds of representatives of member states, UN agencies, NGOs, and the private sector have been meeting (mostly virtually) at this year’s UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) meeting in Geneva to address some of aid’s most pressing issues; from the pandemic fallout on women and children to famine and data risks.

Covid and climate change topped the agenda, reports The New Humanitarian.

This year’s ECOSOC talks come under a general heading of: “Strengthening humanitarian assistance to face the challenges of 2021 and beyond: mobilising respect for international humanitarian law, inclusion, gender, innovation and partnerships.”

+ World Vision 40 Hour Famine

Many landmarks across New Zealand were lit orange over the weekend to mark World Vision's 40 hour famine, which sees about 90,000 young people across the country each year take part in the fundraising initiative. 

World Vision New Zealand national director Grant Bayldon said it was a special way to mark the efforts of young New Zealanders doing all they can to make a difference for children in sub-Saharan Africa who are facing ‘‘what could be the biggest hunger crisis of our lifetime’’.

In recognition of the 40 hour famine, Grant Bayldon attempted to hike 40 volcanoes around Auckland in 40 hours, raising almost $6000 in sponsorship. A huge congrats to Grant!

+ Trust in Australian development NGOs on the rise

According to research undertaken with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Australian Council for International Development, public trust in Australian NGOs working in development has risen by 7% over the past year.

This is based on a question asked by Terence Wood in a survey:

“Thinking now about Australian non-governmental organisations and charities that do aid work in poorer countries, how much do you trust these organisations to do the right thing all of the time? Answer on a scale between 0 and 10, where 0 indicates you don’t trust them at all and 10 indicates you trust them a lot.”

The mean response was 5.65, increasing from 5.24 the previous year.

On the increase in trust, Terence stated "that it probably stems from a broader change: Australians are becoming more trusting in general. When I analysed which types of Australians were most likely to trust NGOs in 2019, by far and away the clearest correlation I found was with a general question about social trust that I also asked. Australians who trusted their fellow Australians were more likely to trust development NGOs. The relationship existed even when I accounted for the influence of age, education, gender, where people lived and political orientation."

Read the full breakdown of the results from DevPolicy here

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Members Activities & Updates

+ Complete the Annual Member Survey

Did you get a link to the 2021 CID Member Survey?

It went out to all CEOs and main contacts on the 10th June and you have until the 9 July to complete the survey.

Why is it important?

The overarching results (which are anonymous) get shared with your peers, ministers and MFAT, and also media. It gives us a ‘whole of New Zealand’ snap-shot of who is working in the area of development – plus how/where/why and what different organisations are doing, who they’re working with etc. It’s also how we advocate on your behalf for issues and challenges that need addressing. And how we know the best way to support you and your team.

So whether you are a Full or Affiliate member, it’s really important your organisation’s data is represented in the Survey. Any questions contact Philippa.

+ CID Advocacy Snapshot Jan - Apr 2021

Download PDF here

The CID Advocacy Snapshot collates the advocacy activities of CID Members from the January – April 2021 period, as well as other general activities of CID Members from this period. The activities in this report have been collected from a survey sent to CID Members, as well as desktop research conducted by CID. The activities detailed in this report are not extensive, and are intended to provide a snapshot of CID Members’ activities from the period.

This period saw the continuation of significant collaborative advocacy campaigns such as ‘Big Hearts, Connected World’, and ‘Sign for Freedom’, while there continues to be a trend towards more joint campaigns and appeals with multiple CID Members.

Consistent with the previous period, there is still a distinct thematic focus on Covid campaigns and appeals. The recent Covid outbreak in India saw a significant number of CID Members respond with appeals and campaigns to secure essential equipment and vaccines for India.

Read the full Snapshot here

+ International SOS: Ensuring Business Success – Panel discussion  

International SOS would like to invite CID members to participate in an upcoming panel discussion focused on the policy considerations around adapting to the new health and security risk environment. 

Join senior workplace health and safety management stakeholders from MBIE, BECA, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance, KPMG and International SOS as they discuss the key health, security, legislative and insurance considerations involved in developing employee workplace health, safety and wellbeing policy/s, navigating the current risk and compliance environment and return to travel planning and policy considerations. 

Wellington: Tuesday 13th July from 8.30am – 10am (breakfast included)
Register now to confirm your spot

Auckland: Wednesday 14th July from 11am – 12:30pm (lunch included)
Register now to confirm your spot

+ 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 post COVID. 

Through this conference we wish to: 

  • role-model localisations and partnership, 
  • help define transformation, and 
  • explore how we can improve resilience. 

Participants will be a combination of INGO CEOs, MFAT staff, politicians, CEOs of sector partners (i.e. partners from businesses, academia, and CRIs), staff from our member organisations, interested members of the public, and students. 

If your organisation is interested in facilitating a CID Member session at the CID Annual Conference on 26th October 2021, we would love to hear from you! This opportunity is open to all CID Members, and 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. Sessions will provide a collaborative, active learning environment for the participants. Participants will leave with skills, knowledge, or materials that they can use in their own practice or work. 

Fill in the Expressions of Interest form here.

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 

+ ICRC: Supporting survivors of sexual violence in Pacific conflicts

19th June marked the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, a reminder of the need for greater effrots to prevent it and support survivors. 

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Regional Delegation in the Pacific works in 14 Pacific countries, including Papua New Guinea (PNG). In the Highlands of PNG tribal disagreements, if not settled in a timely manner, can escalate and lead to armed violence. The situation is particularly serious in the Enga, Hela and Southern Highlands provinces. During tribal fighting sexual violence is commonplace. Women, boys and girls and the elderly are often among the victims.

Applying its multidisciplinary response to the humanitarian consequences of tribal fighting in PNG, ICRC provides services to communities affected by sexual violence in conflict including:

  • Health services, including mental health
  • Psychosocial support, and
  • Protection and other forms of care.
+ A Message to Aid Donors: "You're Our Guest. Act Like it"

For decades, humanitarian aid donors have come into the Cook Islands setting the rules. As Secretary General of the Cook Islands Red Cross Society, Fine Tu’itupou-Arnold is well placed to know. “We’re allocated funds by international donors, and then they send over experts to tell us what we can or cannot do with the funds, how to run the response according to globally accepted systems, and also they lead the response. So, accountability is not to the victims we help but to the donors we serve.”

This was a key message of Tu’itupou-Arnold and co-panellists Adelina Kamal and Puji Pujiono in a recent discussion of demand-driven humanitarian action in Asia and the Pacific, co-convened by the Center for Global Development (CGD) and Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG). 

+ The Problem of Racism towards Pasifika in Climate Action

In New Zealand, youth climate change movement School Strike 4 Climate Auckland has declared itself racist and disbanded, but young activists say going silent is not the answer.  "School Strike 4 Climate Auckland has avoided, ignored, and tokenised black, indigenous and people of colour voices and demands, especially those of Pasifika and Māori individuals in the climate activism space," the organisation said in an online statement.

But this is nothing new, racism within the climate change movement is not new, despite Pasifika being disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change. Pasifika who want to stand up for themselves have long been silenced. 

Greens Lourdes Vano states "Here in New Zealand, people are only noticing it for the first time because a lot of white kids have decided to strike in the streets and I feel like a lot of privileged people are able to engage in these spaces more, so inherently that's just going to be a lot more Pākehā ...naturally they centre their own voices, and what that does is further perpetuate the systems that we're trying to fight back against."

Useful Links, Webinars & Podcasts

+ Engaging New Zealanders in Development: a best-practice workshop

When: 9:30am - 3pm, 4 August 2021 (5:30pm photo exhibition launch)

Where: Grand Hall, Parliament 

Register here


Public engagement with the public, supporters and donors is critical for aid agencies. Covid has made it tougher, but also created opportunities.

Don’t miss this opportunity to share with your peers, and learn what the research is telling us about what works best when engaging with the public about aid, development, and our impact.

CID has teamed up with MFAT and Crown Research Institute (and proposed CID member) Plant and Food to offer this opportunity – free. Share best practice and engage with others on how to successfully connect with New Zealanders.

Workshop attendees are also invited to attend a 5.30pm Parliamentary launch of Plant and Food’s photo exhibition - From This Land - hosted by Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta.

Please register below for up to 3 people from your organisation to attend the workshop. It’s free!

Lunch and afternoon tea will be served.

Present a case study: Would you like to present a 15-minute case study (followed by 15 minutes Q&As) on any of the following:

Recent campaign
Advocacy initiative
Public event
Emergency response
New data on public engagement
Business collaboration
Celebrity ambassadors
Media engagement
Another initiative?

Please send a 100 word maximum synopsis of your proposed topic (with a Pacific or global focus) to Luke at by COB on Monday 12 July. Contact Luke at if you have questions.

Case study presenters will qualify for a transport cost contribution.

Additional information on the workshop to follow.

Register here

Plant and Food’s photo exhibition:

From This Land tells the story of the impact in Vietnam and Cambodia of four MFAT and G2G (Government to Government NZTE) supported agricultural development projects involving Plant & Food Research scientists and development staff.

+ CID Talk: Gender Action Plan

When: 7 July 2021 12pm - 1pm NZST

Of all the human rights under threat, women’s rights are the most urgent. There is compelling evidence of high rates of violence against women, especially in the Pacific and in Aotearoa New Zealand.

In the Pacific, we know of low rates of women’s representation in decision-making, high rates of women’s unpaid care work, and high rates of fertility poorly matched with low levels of available contraception.

15,000 people die every day worldwide from Covid, but we cannot forget that over 800 women are dying each day from complications in pregnancy and childbirth which are totally preventable. For every maternal death there are 20 women who become seriously ill as a result of infection or having no qualified birth attendant.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs set a goal in its strategic intentions to develop a gender action plan as a priority deliverable by 2021.

Tara D’Sousa will present the purpose, overarching goal, structure and content of the plan. This will be followed by kōrero a pātai among participants.

Register Now
+ Forus Civil Society Workshop

Joint Civil Society Workshop opening session will hear from key speakers on some of the major issues to be addressed at the HLPF 2021 and to share good practice from national partners around the world on their direct experience of civil society participation on the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs)

Jointly hosted by Action for Sustainable Development, Forus, CIVICUS, GCAP, the NGO Major Group and others, these workshops are taking place before and after the official HLPF programme of activities as a way to prepare engagement beforehand and connect learning to plan for future engagement.

When: Jul 3, 2021 01:00 AM (Online)

Register here
+ GOOD Awaits - The Regenerative Tourism NZ Podcast

GOOD Travel are excited to announce their new project, in partnership with New Zealand Awaits: GOOD Awaits - The Regenerative Tourism New Zealand Podcast. 

The podcast offers a platform of collective discovery for New Zealand’s tourism future, in conversation with pioneers and practitioners of regenerative tourism. Each week, co-hosts Josie Major (GOOD Travel’s NZ Programmes Manager) and Debbie Clarke (Founder and Owner of New Zealand Awaits), interview guests who are leading this movement in New Zealand. 

New episodes will be released every Wednesday morning.
+ IFT Seeding the Future Global Food System Challenge

The Seeding The Future Foundation is funding high impact initiatives that have the potential to transform our global food system. IFT is proud to launch the first annual Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge, which seeks to inspire and support passionate, creative, and diverse teams of innovators across multiple disciplines and cultures in helping to transform the food system.
Find out more here.
+ Exploring women's leadership in INGOs

So few women in the INGO sector are in key leadership roles, even though they make up the bulk of the workforce.In 2019, the Women INGO Leaders in Development (WILD) Action Research network and Bond began delving into these challenges with women directors from Restless Development, Plan UK, HelpAge International, BRAC International and ActionAid UK. This report shares key learning and insights, including case studies of five NGOs that have taken steps to change.
Read the report here [PDF].

+  Reach out to us on:
  • Interested in the Incorporated Societies Bill? CID will be speaking to the select committee later this week with ComVoices.
  • Want to do your own gender action plan? Check out out CID Talk above.
  • If you need any assistance with the member survey, due 9th July.
  • Do you work with any great NZ consultancy companies that also work in international development who should join the whānau as Affiliate members?
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