CID Weekly: Latest in Fiji Covid crisis, 2021 Conference launched, Kiribati Language Week

Posted on 13 July 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

+ UK Philanthropist 'shame Boris'

In response to £4bn cuts to the UK's overseas budget, philanthropists are pledging to make a one-off gift of £100m, reports Caroline Wheeler from The Times.

"The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation are among a consortium of charities that have agreed to provide emergency funding to save projects tackling preventable diseases and providing family planning.

A group of about 50 Conservative MPs, including the former prime minister Theresa May, are opposed to the cut to foreign aid and are demanding a vote on the government’s decision to renege on its manifesto commitment."

+ Climate finance gets more challenging

Climate finance is proving a key challenge to productive climate negotiations needed to stage a successful COP26 summit scheduled for November, writes Devex.

Alok Sharma, the United Kingdom’s COP26 president, agreed and said that delivering finance was a “matter of trust.” 

Criticism of the incomplete delivery of a promised $100 billion in climate finance from high-income countries due last year was a major sticking point.

Leaders from the world’s most climate-vulnerable nations came together for a V20 Climate Vulnerables Finance Summit last week. Several heads of state said higher-income countries need to urgently meet their promise of mobilizing $100 billion in climate finance per year to help lower-income countries deal with the effects of climate change. Following on from the V20, the G-20 will meet in Venice on Sunday to discuss how to finance the fight against climate change.

+ More children at risk of hunger since COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has put even more children at risk of malnutrition, yet proven and cost-effective solutions do exist, writes Devex.

"Unless urgent action is taken, UNICEF estimates that an additional 6.7 million children under 5 could suffer from wasting due to disruptions to essential — and often lifesaving — nutrition services."

Explore this visual story from UNICEF here. 

+ Reflection rather than celebration: 10 years of South Sudan independence

Last week, on 9th July, South Sudan celebrated 10 years of independence. However, it is a commemoration that provides less cause for celebration than for reflection, as humanitarian need increases.

10 years after South Sudan's independence, most children are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance than ever before. A record 4.5 million children – two out of three – in South Sudan are in desperate need of humanitarian support, UNICEF warned last week.

Despite the huge challenges, there are areas of hope in the form of efforts and initiatives by local women’s organisations. With the support of Care International and others these groups are working to tackle endemic Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and pervasive gender inequalities that are fueling conflict and humanitarian needs in the country. 

+ Time to stop using the word 'leper'?

Health campaigners are calling for an end to the use of the word leper, saying the language frequently used by politicians and others during the pandemic has made people with leprosy even more marginalised, writes Kaamil Akmed in the UK Guardian.

Leprosy is a curable disease.

"The metaphor of the socially outcast 'leper' has been used often, whether in media reports on stigma against early Covid-19 patients or by politicians in Italy and Brazil complaining about being seen as 'leper colonies'. Campaigners now want an end to the use of what they call the 'L-word'.

In some cases, people affected by leprosy have been denied testing, treatment and vaccines for Covid. The Leprosy Mission in New Zealand is running appeals to protect children in Bougainville from COVID and leprosy, as well as communities in India. There is also a petition to eradicate the remaining 130 laws in 29 countries that still discriminate against people with leprosy.

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Members Activities & Updates

+ New CID Affiliate Member - Welcome to Seafarers Welfare Board NZ!

CID are thrilled to announce that the CID Board have approved Seafarers Welfare Board New Zealand's CID Affiliate membership application. 

Seafarers Welfare Board NZ purpose is:

  • To foster ways and means of caring for seafarers throughout and all around the coast of New Zealand.
  • To actively promote and strengthen co-operation between the Societies in Group 1, and any such other approved bodies, in providing suitable facilities by way of residential clubs and other centres of activity for seafarers.
  • To ensure that welfare activities and services are provided in appropriate ports of New Zealand, for all seafarers, irrespective of nationality, race, colour, sex, religion, political opinion or social origin and irrespective of the state in which the ship on which they are employed is registered.

We look forward to having Morris and the team in the CID Whānau!

+ 2021 Conference launched!

CID and MFAT are excited to announce the 2021 Conference website is now live! Visit to find out all about the conference details here, or about our wonderful sponsors (and how to join them) here. More details to come and registrations will open soon.

What is the theme?
New Ways to Work; Stronger Relationships and Resilience
What could development look like post the immediate COVID response? Poverty in the Pacific has increased as jobs in tourism have disappeared. The World Food Programme predicts that double the number of people are now struggling to source food. Participants will identify ways that Aotearoa New Zealand’s development can be more effective as we move from uncertainty to resilience in the face of these challenges. How can these positive changes to the way we work become business as usual? How can we ensure resilience, not just with our partners, but also internally in our own organisations?
Throughout the two days we will explore the theme and journey through the ‘why, what, how’ of development from our Aotearoa New Zealand perspective. ‘Why’ is partly our whanaunga relationships with the Pacific, encouraging a deeper understanding of Pacific views of relationships and development. The ‘why’ goes beyond the Pacific too, as we respond to crises across the world.  ‘What’ we do is strengthen that resilience and relationships. We will reflect on the ‘how’ in terms of impact and results, and the acceleration of positive changes since COVID such as an understanding for the need for flexibility and increased localisation.
The 2021 CID Conference will bring together Aotearoa New Zealand and Pacific international development sectors after a tumultuous year to reflect, and to regroup on aid and development into the future.

+ 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.

+ Multidimensional Vulnerability Data for the Pacific

A 2021 High-Level Political Forum Official Side Event was held early in the morning (NZ time) on Multidimensional Vulnerability Index for SIDS. The event and working paper was developed in partnership with Prof. Jeffrey Sachs and SDSN, ultimately the aim being a redesigned global development financing architecture towards more value for money and faster SDG progress in SIDS.

Josie Pagani, Director of CID, took part in a panel on 'Measuring Multidimensional Vulnerability post COVID-19 and staying on track for Agenda 2030', hosted by the United Nations Resident Coordinators in the Small Island Developing States together with SDSN and the Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations.

+ IDYP Event: NZ Progress in Sustainable Pacific Development

New Zealand's commitment to development in the Pacific places an emphasis on engagement, partnership, and collaboration to achieve the long-term goal of a stable and prosperous Pacific.

To ensure our development work is inclusive, effective and sustainable, we must continuously strive for effective engagement and collaboration with local governments and communities.

At this event you will hear from speakers from MFAT and VSA, learning about the processes of how New Zealand develops strategies and measures results in the Pacific.

When: Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Time: 6:00pm- 8.00pm

Where: VSA, Thorndon, Wellington

Cost: $10

Seating is limited, click here to register

+ Global Giving Week - 16th - 20th August

During the week of 16th - 20th August, CID is planning to run a week-long campaign to promote the critical importance of public donor support and giving, as an enabler of the effective development and humanitarian delivered by our membership. 

This week also includes World Humanitarian Day (19th August) and this will be a key part of our week. It will be an opportunity to honour and thank all those that continue to support and provide life-saving support and protection to communities in need.

Please contact us to let us know what activities, events of appeals you are running during that time, that you would like us to include in our Global Giving Week (and World Humanitarian Day) promotion.

+ Sustainable travel this school holidays

Support CID member GOOD Travel and be sustainable these holidays, with the Go Electric Eco Tour. The Go Electric Eco Tour eGuide is a free, online guidebook designed to inspire Kiwis to try out an electric vehicle and experience unique, sustainable accommodations and tours in the South Island. Every partner is a locally owned and operated company with a commitment to environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

+ Rotary NZ Respond to Covid in Fiji

Rotary New Zealand World Community Service continues to support the people of Fiji during their Covid Crisis, affecting in the main the island of Veti Levu being the most densely populated. 

One of Rotary’s partners in Fiji continues to reach out to those who have no option but to live in overcrowded accommodation including dwellings often made from cardboard, wood, corrugated iron, plastic sheeting and metal from oil drums etc. with lack of sanitation, clean drinking water and open sewers. The Rotary website lists options as to how New Zealanders can support their near neighbours in some of their darkest days. 

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 

+ Kiribati Language Week: 11th - 17th July

11th - 17th July is Kiribati Language Week.

This year’s theme is Maubonian te teei i nanon te mwenga bon karekean te maiuraoi, te ongotaeka ao te tangira, which means the home is where we nurture our children towards a healthy, responsible, loving, and prosperous future.

There are a range of Te taetae ni Kiribati resources available on the above Kiribati Language Week page.

Activities and key events for Kiribati Language Week will also be available on the official NZ Kiribati Language Week FaceBook page.
+ Beyond Barriers: Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific

The case for integrating disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) to minimise loss and damage, reduce vulnerability and enhance resilience continues to grow. This is against a backdrop of increasing frequency and severity of disasters worldwide and the recognition that, at the community level, the distinction between DRR and CCA is artificial.

The Humanitarian Advisory Group has released a report Beyond Barriers: Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific explores academic and practitioner literature, agency reports and emerging policies, to identify what it means from a community perspective to integrate DRR and CCA has received little research attention.
+ 873 new cases and three more deaths in Fiji

Records continue to be broken in Fiji as numbers continue to climb, you can find the latest numbers here.

Earlier in the week, an email has been circulated from the Ministry of Health's Pacific medical assistance team (NZMAT) asking if more surgical theatre personnel would be prepared to go.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Civil Society Organisations Alliance for Covid-19 Humanitarian Response is calling on government to release data to help groups provide an effective response to those hit by the Covid-19 crisis in the country.

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

What: 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 Research to offer this opportunity – free. Share best practice and engage with others on how to successfully connect with New Zealanders.

Please register above for up to 3 people from your organisation to attend the workshop. It’s free! Lunch and afternoon tea will be served.

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

Last week, Tara D'Sousa presented the purpose, overarching goal, structure and content of the Gender Action Plan, followed by kōrero a pātai among participants at a CID Talk. 

If you were unable to join us, click here to watch the recording of the session.

+ Orphans Aid Documentaries Airing on Channel 200

On Channel 200 every Monday and Wednesday of July from 7:30 - 10:30pm, four Orphans Aid feature documentaries including footage from 2004 through to 2019 will be shown. Be sure to tune in to see the progress they have made over the last 17 years!


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  • Want an opportunity to promote your service or work or research to hundreds of people in the NZ international development sector? Sponsor our conference and have a exhibition table! Sponsorship starts at just $500.
  • What to know about what MFAT has planned in Humanitarian and Partnerships programmes for the next four years? 
  • Have an idea for a great online training workshop CID can host in September?
  • Do you work with any great NZ health services that also work in international development who should join the whānau as Affiliate members?
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