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CID Weekly: Fiji Covid crisis, National Volunteer Week & World Refugee Day

Posted on 22 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

+ Fiji Covid Crisis Worsens

Another 126 new cases of the virus were reported in Fiji on Monday, and today the New Zealand government announced an extra $10 million towards the country's Covid response.

The bulk of cases were in the Suva-Nausori corridor, where about a third of the population is based, reports the NZ Herald.

The assistance includes up to $5 million for the Government to deliver Covid-19 operations, and $5 million to local civil society organisations working directly with households to mitigate poverty risks, including through the provision of food rations, said Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta.

The Fiji government has stopped providing information about where the case increases are and the Health Secretary Dr James Fong admitted that community transmission was now “broad”, reports Lice Movono at Asia Pacific Report.

Fiji now has more than 1500 active cases in isolation since this outbreak in April. Five people have also died.

Pacific Community (formally SPC) reports that "11 countries (Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI), Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna) in the PICTs have reported cases and deaths." See the graph below for a breakdown of Covid cases in the Paciifc.

Pacific country Past 14 days Past 28 days Past 42 days Total cases Total deaths
Fiji 935 1,254 1,318 1, 443 5
Guam 74 143 245 8,261 139
Marshall Islands 0 0 0 4 0
Northern Mariana Islands 0 8 15 183 2
New Caledonia 0 3 4 128 0
French Polynesia 73 117 177 18,952 142
Papua New Guinea 606 1,881 5,161 16,791 165
Solomon Islands 0 0 0 20 0
Vanuatu 0 0 0 3 0
Wallis & Futuna 0 0 1 454 7
Samoa 0 0 0 1 0
TOTAL 1,688 3,406 6,921 46,240 460

+ Celebrating our volunteers

This week is National Volunteer Week where New Zealand celebrates the work of thousands of volunteers.

In international development many aid agencies are dependent on the work of volunteers and interns who make an invaluable contribution that is not always reflected in financial accounts as the 'donation' that it is.

As public donations have declined over 15 years, so too have the number of volunteers, according to JB Were's Support Report.

There has also been a consistent pattern of higher female participation all of which is mirrored in similar surveys in both Australia and the USA.

"The combination of time pressure, growing regulation around volunteering, the increasing desire of volunteers to do skills based and “meaningful” work, lack of financial incentives (compared to tax rebates for financial donations) and preparation and support required from recipient organisations, suggests this concerning trend in volunteering may continue."

The challenge is for aid agencies to offer volunteers and interns experiences that are meaningful, where people can feel that they're making a contribution.

On behalf of New Zealand's aid agencies CID would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to those of you who volunteer your time, your experience and your passion to our work.

In particular we are so grateful to our CID interns, and proud that many have gone on to successful careers. We couldn't do our work without you!

+ Aid Volunteerism  - Get Real

On the subject of volunteering, The New Humanitarian has a piece out this week on the need for aid voluntourism 'to get real'.

Paid volunteer programmes are the norm in organisations like Habitat for Humanity, VSA, missionary groups from churches, study abroad programmes, and more.

But 'Voluntourism' is loser, and is a largely unregulated and loosely structured 'industry', writes Sarika Bansal, author of  “Tread Brightly: Notes on Ethical Travel”,

Before Covid it was on the rise.

One estimate is that the voluntourism industry is worth $2 billion a year, which includes over 10 million people who participate in service-based travel.

'Getting real' means 'scaling back the expected outcomes of voluntourism', says Sarika Bansal.

"Show up not with a desire to save the world, but with a desire to see other people as three-dimensional humans who happen to live different lives than you do."

"And, most importantly, have the humility to recognise that your trip will likely benefit you more than the community you are visiting."

To find out more about how to have a positive impact on the places you visit (or plan to visit when the borders open), CID member, Good Travel has some excellent advice. 

+ World Refugee Day - 20th June

20th June was World Refugee Day, an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe.

This year, the theme called for greater inclusion of refugees in health systems, schools and sport, particularlyin the recovery from the impact of the global Covid pandemic.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi's message on World Refugee Day is available here. It announces that an unprecedented number of people have been forced to flee their homes.

More than 82.4 million men, women and children have had their worlds turned upside down by war, violence and persecution.

Concerns however have been raised with how the UN is utilising data about refugees. 


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Members Activities & Updates

+ Please 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.

+ UnionAID: Peter Conway Memorial Lecture

UnionAID invites you to the 6th annual Peter Conway Memorial Lecture on 30 June.  The lecture “It’s do or die: A New Generation Fights for Democracy, will be given by Ross Wilson and cover the complex issues at the heart of the ongoing struggle for democracy in Myanmar as well as an assessment of the future. For details and to register visit UnionAID’s website.


This annual lecture honours the memory and work of Peter Conway, NZ Council of Trade Unions National Secretary, Oxfam Board member and founding Trustee of UnionAID.

+ Get One. Give One Campaign 

Anglican Missions invites you to join their Get one. Give one. campaign!

Through this campaign, New Zealanders can contribute to a broad global initiative that aims to fund support for vaccine equality in countries that would otherwise miss out.  This is an opportunity to show unity across the sector and can be used to complement current COVID appeals. Further information is available here.

There is also a Zoom call to update people on the campaign next Tuesday at 3pm. For details please contact 

+ 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 

+ 19 Government MPs expelled from Vanuatu Parliament

Vanuatu's Supreme Court has upheld a decision by the former Speaker of Parliament to expel 19 government MPs from parliament. The court ruling looks set to trigger the collapse of the government led by Bob Loughman and the Vanua'aku Pati. The Speaker ruled last week that the 19, who include Prime Minister Loughman, had vacated their seats by failing to attend parliament on three consecutive days

+ New Pacific Gender Resources

Toksave Pacific Gender Resource aims to address gender inequality in the Pacific by ensuring quality Pacific research and knowledge is discoverable and accessible.

Toksave Pacific Gender Resource also welcomes submissions of all research on gender in the Pacific, and especially by researchers with Pacific heritage or deep connections to the Pacific. To access the portal go to the website.

Useful Links, Webinars & Podcasts

+ 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
+ Want to Understand the Constitutional Crisis in Samoa?

Victoria University of Wellington and the NZ Centre for Public Law are hosting a panel discussion.

Where: Victoria University of Wellington, Old Government Buildings, Lecture Theatre 3 (GBLT3)

When: Friday 25 June 12.30pm

Who: Dr lati lati, Fuimaono Dylan Asafo, and Dr Anna Powles.

+  Reach out to us on:
  • Did you miss the advocacy roundtable last week, but want to know what happened? contact us to stay in the loop.
  • There are some exciting Humanitarian events happening this week, including a 'Gender in Emergencies Workshop' - did you know that Affiliate Members can join the CID Humanitarian Network as observers?
  • 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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