CID Weekly: Jeff Sachs keynote speaker, plus eyes, cyclones & gender in COVID

Posted on 20 October 2020

+ Jeff Sachs -  keynote speaker at our conference next week

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 next week.

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).

+ Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Related Disasters 

International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDR) was on the 13th October, and this year it focused on public health and disease outbreak. The United Nations agency for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) also released a report 'The Human Cost of Disasters' confirming how extreme weather events have come to dominate the disaster landscape in the 21st century.

In the period 2000 to 2019, there were 7,348 major recorded disaster events claiming 1.23 million lives, affecting 4.2 billion people (many on more than one occasion) resulting in approximately US$2.97 trillion in global economic losses. 

This is a sharp increase over the previous twenty years. Between 1980 and 1999, 4,212 disasters were linked to natural hazards worldwide claiming approximately 1.19 million lives and affecting 3.25 billion people resulting in approximately US$1.63 trillion in economic losses.

Much of the difference is explained by a rise in climate-related disasters including extreme weather events: from 3,656 climate-related events (1980-1999) to 6,681 climate-related disasters in the period 2000-2019.

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+ Seminar: Tourism, COVID-19 and the adaptivity of South Pacific People 

As part of their Development Studies Programme Seminar Series, Massey University is presenting preliminary finding from a survey and interviews conducted between June and September 2020 in tourism-dependent communities across Fiji, Samoa, Cook Islands, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

The purpose of the research was to determine how Pacific people were reacting and adapting to the massive shutdown of tourism caused by COVID-19. In particular, the cessation of tourism activities in established tourism areas has created shifts in livelihood approaches, behaviours, and how people interact with and relate to their social, cultural and natural environment. 

The presentation is taking place via Zoom at 2:00pm, Wednesday, 21st October

+ Aid policies of political parties - a reminder 

Oxfam's Jo Spratt did an analysis of political parties and their different policy approaches to aid and development (or if they even have an international development policy!)

Now we're post election but still don't know who our minister will be or the priorities of the new government, here is the summary again -  here. 

Quick reminder (we've removed those parties that didn't get in):

Labour: No policy found
National: No policy found
Act: Agree with the primary focus on the Pacific 
Greens: The most comprehensive policy (across a number of policy documents), with a commitment to rapidly increase aid to achieve the global target of 0.7 percent of GNI, and  improve aid quality with a focus on inequality and poverty, and people who experience exclusion and discrimination, such as persons with disabilities, women and girls.
Maori party: No policy found, but reference to supporting 'Pacific whanaunga'

+ Register for 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. 

+ Humanitarian Advisory Group - Humanitarian Horizons 2021-2024

Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG) is currently undertaking the design of their next 3-year research program, Humanitarian Horizons 2021-2024. The Humanitarian Horizons Research Program was first launched in 2017, supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and seeks to generate new evidence and create conversations for change across the sector.

Your perspectives and insights are invaluable. HAG is excited to invite you to help shape the next phase of their research by participating in this short survey

This is your chance to offer your views on key emerging issues and trends that will shape the sector in the coming years.HAG wants to ensure that research through Humanitarian Horizons is valuable to you and your work, and answers the most pressing questions that you want answered.

The survey is available in  EnglishArabicFrenchSpanishBahasaBanglaUrduPashto and Hindi and should only take 5 minutes to complete. 

+ 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.
CID Photo Competition 2020
The broader theme of the 2020 CID Photo Competition is COVID related activities, with submissions to showcase partnership, collaboration and good development outcomes. The photo competition is once again sponsored by Fisher Print (thank you!). Further information is on the CID website at the link above. We are accepting submissions up until 23rd October and winners will also be announced at the CID Annual Dinner.

Submission are to be provided under three categories:
  • For Amateur Photographers:
    • Development
    • Humanitarian Aid | Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 
  • For NZ-based Professional Photographers:
    • Humanitarian and Development .

+ Rethinking Humanitarianism: A New Podcast Series 

The New Humanitarian and the Center for Global Development has introduced a new podcast series  'Rethinking Humanitarianism' exploring the future of aid:

  • What does the “global reset” brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic mean for the aid industry?
  • How should we rethink the way the world responds to crises in this time of disruption?
  • As international aid reaches operational, financial, and ethical limits, what would it take to translate longstanding efforts at reform into meaningful and positive change?

This podcast series will tap into some of the deep soul-searching that has taken place in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 pandemic, as a basis for exploring limitations with the current aid model, sticking points that have prevented reform in the past, and bold visions for the future. 

+ Climate Anxiety vs. Climate Action 

A growing school of psychologists believe the trauma of the climate crisis is a key barrier to change, and believe the trauma that is a consequence of climate breakdown is also one of the biggest obstacles in the struggle to take action against rising greenhouse gas emissions. There is a growing sense that this trauma needs a therapeutic response to help people beyond paralysis and into action.

The Lancet recently published a piece titled 'Climate Anxiety in young people: a call to action'. This outlined how youth might be more likely than adults to experience ill-effects associated with climate anxiety. They are in a crucial point in their physical and psychological development, when enhanced vulnerability to the effects of stress and everyday anxiety elevate their risk of developing depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. Additionally, chronic stress during youth might result in permanent alterations in brain structure and the emergence of psychopathologies later in life.

+ COVID threatens vision of thousands in Palestine

Almost 18,000 people in the Palestinian territories have been unable to access eye health services since April as a result of COVID-19, according to eye health charity The Fred Hollows Foundation and St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group, the only charitable provider of expert eye care in Gaza, the West Bank, and east Jerusalem.

Rebecca Root at Devex reports that the pandemic’s lockdowns, general closures, and curfews have meant access to eye health services has been seriously disrupted.

Globally, at least 1 billion people — out of the 2.2 billion with a vision impairment or blindness — have a vision impairment that could have been prevented or is unaddressed. “The Palestinian population has a rate of blindness which is ten times as high as in the West,” according to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

+ Come and work with us at CID

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. 

+ 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 preparations in progress - 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 writing in progress
  • ACFID/PIANGO/CID meetings and actions
  • Finalisation of new strategy following consultation
  • Preparations for Gender Workshop (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 - see 'Jobs'.