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CID Weekly: Covid in India & Nepal, Myanmar, CIDTalk on Pacific Disaster Law

Posted on 12 May 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

*Oceania includes all countries in the Pacific, including New Zealand and Australia.

+ 4 months on, has the world given up on Myanmar?

More than four months after the military forcefully took control of the country, Devex's Lisa Cornish looks at how Myanmar’s people are taking the fight for democracy into their own hands — and what options the international community has to support them.

Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said before the  ASEAN meeting to discuss Myanmar. “ASEAN members should ..... take this opportunity to impose targeted, economic sanctions on junta leaders and on businesses that fund the junta, and press the junta to release political detainees, end abuses, and restore the country’s democratically elected government.”

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional grouping that promotes economic, political, and security cooperation among its ten members: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

ASEAN has been seen as a key forum in bringing peace to Myanmar, but it is a forum that Joshua Kurlantzick, senior fellow for Southeast Asia with the Council on Foreign Relations, said is not designed to broker peace.

“I think that one just can't expect that much from ASEAN,” he told Devex. “Any organisation that runs by consensus and is mostly authoritarian regimes is going to be reluctant to do very much in such a situation.”

CID member organisations continue to work directly with community partners on the ground in Myanmar, by-passing the military junta.

New Zealand has condemned the coup and cut diplomatic and military  ties with Myanmar. 

Other actions that could be considered include the following :

  • Challenge the credentials of the junta at the UN and other international and regional fora. This would send a clear message that they have not been accepted by the international community and will not be able to engage with other countries in a formal manner. 
  • Engage in a constructive way with the National Unity Government, on the basis that it includes the democratically elected Government. 
  • Raise with ASEAN leaders the failure of the junta to comply with the 5-point ASEAN Leaders’ Consensus and ensure tangible sanctions are placed on Myanmar for this failure. 


+ CID Member Appeals for India

Cases are still rising at record pace in India. Alongside a slowdown in vaccination, some states have gone to court over oxygen shortages as hospitals struggle to treat a running line of Covid-19 patients. Meanwhile the pace of administering the shots has dropped with states saying they only have limited stock to give out.

Over the weekend India reported 403,738 confirmed cases, including 4,092 deaths. Overall as of Sunday, India has over 22 million confirmed infections, and 240,000 deaths. (The actual number of cases is likely to be much higher than the number of confirmed cases – due to limited testing).

For the latest data, go to OurWorldInData.

A number of CID Members are running appeals to support India's COVID response:

In addition, these NGOs (non-CID members) are also running appeals:

  • CARE India (not-for-profit organisation, working in India for 70 years, focusing on alleviating poverty and social injustice)
  • Sewa International (Hindu faith-based, humanitarian, non-profit service)

Please let us know if your organisation is also running a specific appeal for India - email

+ Nepal infection rates now also soaring

India and Nepal share an open border, and it is believed that Nepal's lastest-wave and soaring Covid infection rate probably started in the border town of Birgunj. Known as the "Gateway to Nepal", bustling Birgunj is a main link between the capital Kathmandu and Kolkata, India's third largest city with 14 million residents.

On Sunday, Nepal recorded 8777 new cases of coronavirus. That might not seem much when compared to India's 400,000 daily infections, but India's 1.3 billion inhabitants is far more than its Himalayan neighbour's 29 million.

+ 4 Ways to Adopt Disability Inclusion

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"This is why Inclusive Futures, a consortium of disability and development specialists from 16 organisations, has been testing innovative approaches to disability inclusive development."

  • Embed disability inclusion in all programmes
  • Aim for systemic change
  • Engage people with disabilities from the start
  • Be bold - try new ideas & partnerships.
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Members Activities & Updates

+ Vanuatu first country to welcome VSA volunteers in 15 months

Staff at two of Vanuatu’s key hospitals await the arrival of two medical staff through a programme with Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) this month. Doctors Mandy and Jonathan Masters depart Auckland in early May as the first VSA volunteers to leave New Zealand for 15 months.

Port Vila Provincial Hospital is the main referral hospital in Vanuatu and provides health services to over 78,000 people. There are currently no urological surgeons in Vanuatu and conditions are treated by visiting New Zealand and Australian practitioners who have been unable to visit due to COVID-19 restrictions. The goal is for Vanuatu to be less reliant on visiting teams through education and support by a VSA volunteer programme.

As a VSA representative, both volunteers will be living in the community and encouraged to integrate into local life. They are due to leave with Trevor and Michelle Johnston who live in Luganville, where Trevor works as VSA’s Programme Manager.

+ Habitat for Humanity seeking Research Coordination Consultant

Habitat for Humanity is interested in developing an up-to-date contextual analysis of the housing ecosystem in the Pacific (specifically the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu as well as a region-wide perspective).  This will be used as a key component of a Strategy Document to guide Habitat for Humanity’s future engagement in the Pacific.

Working with our Pacific based partners and other shelter organisations, this work will be underpinned by our programmatic approach which is focussed on tackling the wider systemic issues contributing to housing poverty in the Pacific.

Utilising methods including desk-based research and wider consultation, bolstered by consultations in-country (conducted by locally based consultants under guidance and direction from the Research Coordinating Consultant), this role will ideally suit an experienced development professional or researcher, familiar with remote working, and the Pacific contexts of Fiji, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands.

You can find the job description here

Please email for further information, and to submit your application for the role and your current hourly/daily rate of pay.

+ ChildFund & IDYP Event: Impact Investing & the Future of Development Financing

When: Thursday, June 3, 2021
Time: 5.30pm- 8.00 pm
Where: TBC, Auckland
Cost: $10

Are you interested in learning more about how development financing is transforming? Is it time to move beyond our traditional approaches?
In this collaborative IDYP & ChildFund event, an expert panel will discuss how innovative development financing can drive sustainable development alongside the examination of traditional models of funding, where we are headed, and the tensions that exist in striking deals between the private and NGO sector through Impact Investing. Panellists include:

  • Paul Brown - CEO, ChildFund NZ
  • Judy Wan Min Kee - Development Manager, Private Sector, MFAT
  • Paul Wendlend - Deputy Director, Business Link Pacific

Please get your tickets here.

+ MFAT Town Hall on Pacific Regional Four Year Plan

Reminder that MFAT are hosting public town hall talanoa in Wellington and Christchurch to get your thoughts on New Zealand’s development work and partnerships in the Pacific.

Christchurch: Thu, 20 May 2021 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM University of Canterbury, register here
Wellington (postponed - new date): Friday 28th May 11-12pm MFAT, Level 12, 195 Lambton Quay. Register here

If you can’t make it to the talanoa, you can also provide feedback through a short anonymous survey, available through this link. The survey closes on 18 May.

+ CID Constitution review

Last chance to have your say on the potential changes to the Constitution. There are two ways to join the discussion: 

  1. Fill in the quick survey – will take 1min (or a little longer if you provide alternative wording) – fill it in here - closes on the 19th May.
  2. Join the last session on 12 May 2021, 10:00am–11:00am NZST  – join here.
Otherwise, feel free to email Philippa to discuss.

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 

+ Fiji COVID update

Last week, Fiji recorded its third Covid-19 death while health authorities scrambled to find the source of undetected transmission on the main island Viti Levu, reports the Herald and RNZ.

+ Rotuma Language Week; Sun, 9th - Sat, 15th May

This year’s theme for Rotuman Language Week is Tutur häk ne måür lelei – the four pillars of life and wellbeing:

  1. Måür Fak'ata (spiritual - a place of solace that gives meaning to life)
  2. Måür Fakforo (physical - living life in all its fullness)
  3. 'Os A'häe (psychological - steers our presence and place in life)
  4. Hạikạinagaga (social - our connection with people)

The traditional Rī Fak Rotuam is a Rotuman thatched shelter or house which needs four strong pillars to hold the entire house together, just like the four pillars for our wellbeing.

The theme acknowledges and celebrates the strength and resilience of our Pacific communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Activities and events are available online on the official NZ Rotuman Language Week Facebook page. Please also visit the Pacific Language Weeks 2021 webpage on the Ministry of Pacific Peoples website for more information.


Useful Links, Webinars & Podcasts

+ Watch Global Citizen COVAX event 

After the session on effective advocacy for CID Humanitarian network members and others, Micheal Sheldrick from Global Citizen joined his team to put on the Vax Live global event.

Instructions on how to watch the event are here.

Funding commitments from governments continue to come in. So far over $300 million has been raised to fund COVAX, which means an extra nearly 30 million COVID vaccines for the World's most vulnerable.

+ CIDTalk: Legal Preparedness for Disasters in the Pacific

When: Monday, May 24, 2021
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: A Zoom link will be provided to those that register.- please register here.
Cost: free

People don’t often think about disaster and emergency  laws  in the middle of an emergency, but they form the invisible foundation of disaster risk management, protecting and preparing communities, establishing systems for coordination, and clarifying who should be doing what by when.  The need for an effective disaster and emergency legal framework in the Pacific is increasing.

For  over 10 years, Red Cross has been working in support of governments, regional organisations and the wider community to strengthen legal preparedness for disasters in the Pacific.   

Please join us to hear more  about the work of IFRC Disaster Law in the Pacific,  disaster risk governance trends and opportunities in the region and also how to ensure that laws and policies better protect  and include those most at risk of disasters – including  in public health emergencies.  

Mr Meiapo Faasau (Pacific Disaster Law Manager, IFRC ) and Gabby Emery (Asia Pacific Disaster Law Manager, IFRC) will present. Gabby Emery (B.A., LL. B, LL.M) heads the Disaster Law team for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Asia Pacific. Based out of Malaysia, Gabby supports the 38 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Asia Pacific to work with their governments on legislative and policy reforms for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.

+ CID Workshop: Social Inclusion and Diversity - 2nd and 3rd June

Social Inclusion is about embracing diversity, ensuring that all people feel recognised and accepted, and are free from prejudice and discrimination. In the international development sector, we place great importance on these principles and values that underline our work, but we also need to consider how these values play out internally within the New Zealand sector, and within our organisations.

Our bi-cultural foundations, Te Teriti o Waitangi, and the evolving Māori-Crown partnership, are fundamental to understanding social inclusion in the New Zealand context and a guiding principle for our work in the Pacific. Just a week after the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, this two-day workshop will open a dialogue in order for our organisations to mirror the inclusion practices we promote overseas.

Practical, on-line workshops with 2x two-hour zoom sessions
Wednesday 2nd June 12:00pm - 2:00pm NZST and Thursday 3rd June 12:00pm - 2:00pm NZST
Please register here.

+ HAG workshop on localisation

The Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG) are co-costing a workshop on the role of intermediaries acting between donors and local partners. 

They are doing this on behalf of the Grand Bargain Localisation Workstream 2 and its co-convenors SDC and IFRC.

'Evidence has shown that a shift is required around the current relationships between donors, intermediaries and local actors to better support locally-led humanitarian action. This is a critical juncture to consolidate and leverage what we already know around what works, and what needs to be strengthened.

Through this project they are seeking to:

  • Articulate a vision that is owned by Grand Bargain signatories, and outline what steps need to be taken to achieve it
  • Build on and consolidate what exists, not duplicate
  • Apply new thinking and approaches, to identify how to move things forward

The outcomes of this project will feed into the Grand Bargain meeting scheduled for June 2021. HAG invite you to provide your expertise and influence this exciting future-focussed initiative.

HAG are holding remote visioning exercises for local, national and international actors and invite you attend one of two sessions on Tuesday May 18th

Workshop 1: 10:00-11:30 GMT+7 (Jakarta)
Workshop 2: 12:00 – 13:30 GMT+3 (Beirut)

+  Reach out to us on:
  • The next round of Negotiated Partnerships and Manaaki funding - what would you like to know?
  • India - how is your COVID response going over there, would you like to share a case study?
  • Applying for the Papua New Guinea NZDRP.
  • CID Conference - who should come and speak?
  • Membership - know of any NZ organisations working in international development who should join the whānau as Affiliate members?
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