Indonesians ban unregistered NGOs, new data on funding for NGOs, lessons learnt from a record year of storms, and the CID Conference

Posted on 16 October 2018

+ CID Conference

Last week the CID Conference sold out, and we are excited to announce we have secured a larger venue (same address)!

So if you haven't got your tickets yet, please go to to purchase. 


Registrations open: 8.30am

Conference Begins: 9.15am

MC: Josh Thomson - MC, comedian and actor (7 Days: Live, The Project and Gary of the Pacific)

Keynote Speakers: 9.45am

Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade: How will the 'reset' change the way we work, and what does it mean for New Zealand's international NGOs?

Deputy Prime Minister of the Cook Island, Honourable Mark Brown: A Pacific perspective on the Reset

Expert Panel Discussion: 10.45am

Pacific Diaspora Leaders define the Reset: What does a transformed relationship between New Zealand and the Pacific look like?

Lunch: 12.45pm

Workshops: 1.30pm

Three workshops:

  • Alternative approaches to development (Oxfam)
  • Gender interactive workshop (Family Planning New Zealand)
  • Setting the framework for the Code review 2019 (CID)

There will be two workshop sessions, so please choose two of the three workshop options to attend.

CID Annual General Meeting: 4.00pm

Don't forget: We are accepting nominations for the Board until 22 October 2018.  There are up to five positions up for re-election at this year's AGM.  

Followed by drinks and dinner.

+ Indonesia government 'sensible' to restricts aid agencies
It is increasingly common for local governments to ask foreign aid agencies to work through local partners rather than flood a disaster-struck area with international aid workers, who themselves need water, food, and shelter, says ACFID's Executive Director Marc Purcell.

Indonesia’s national disaster management authority (BNBP) issued regulations for international NGOs last week, including that: “Foreign NGOs who have deployed foreign personnel are advised to retrieve their personnel immediately," reports the UK Guardian.

Unfortunately, Indonesia has a lot of experience in dealing with natural disasters, says Marc Purcell. It's usually better if the local government coordinates.  They know what they need, and what offers of help to accept. 

The Indonesian government has received about 29 offers of help from other governments and over 100 international NGOs.

If you are coming from elsewhere and are non-aligned, it can get chaotic, says Marc Purcell.  

If your NGO is registered in Indonesia and has local staff on the ground, or you are working through a local partner, the ban isn't a problem.

The last thing we want is another Haiti, where thousands of aid workers turned up after the devastating earthquake and swamped over-burdened local systems.

Tim Costello, the chief advocate for charity World Vision in Australia has another perspective. He called the announcement by the government “very odd” and said it meant that overworked staff and volunteers and traumatised Indonesian authorities were not able to be supported and relieved by fresh foreign staff.  

Indonesia were criticised for how long it took them to get search and rescue equipment and aid to Palu and other areas affected by the natural disaster.

But an unnamed aid worker said it makes sense to use local agencies. "In Australia we don’t have Indonesian NGOs there, so why would they have [Australian or New Zealand NGOs]? There are security issues, tax issues, it doesn’t make sense for a country with enough money to have international NGOs instead of nationalised ones,” the worker said.

"The worker said that while there were some roles requiring specialist technical skills, these can generally be performed from headquarters and last only for a few weeks, whereas for the bulk of roles, it made sense to hire locally, reports the UK Guardian.

New Zealand's aid to Indonesia has topped $5 million.

Radio New Zealand reported that the Council for International Development has stood behind the government's stance, saying Indonesia is following best practice.

The council's NGO Disaster Relief Forum chairperson, Mark Mitchell, said a local response was best for everyone.

"All of our members have local NGOs there and are being supported through their international partnerships," Mark said.

"It's best practice, it's the way we usually operate.

"I think the Indonesian government is operating appropriately at this time."

The New Zealand Red Cross is unaffected by the order because of its affiliation with the Indonesian Red Cross, writes Lucy Bennett in the NZ Herald.

And Mark Mitchell again: "It is about maintaining local ownership, contextually appropriate responses for the greatest impact," he said.

Money raised in New Zealand did go to its local partners and its spending was monitored, he said.

Localised responses are important to consider as we prepare for the 2018/2019 Pacific cyclone season.
A collaborative research project between the Humanitarian Policy Group, Australian Red Cross and the Humanitarian Advisory Group, ‘Localisation: Opportunities and Challenges for Protection in Disaster Response’ advances an understanding of how localisation might be operationalised
 in the Pacific and beyond. It covers both disaster and conflict response, and the importance differing concepts of what ‘protection’ means.
+ Trends in aid funding - new report
The majority of aid agencies in the UK have now diversified their funding sources,according to UK Bond's latest report.

It's about navigating changes in the sector, and emerging trends (like the decline in direct public donations), and supporting aid agencies to develop sustainable financial models

Key trends:
  • Funding for the international development sector is increasing.
  • Government grants and contracts are still strong sources of income.
  • Success in fundraising depends on organisation size.
  • Alternative business models are an opportunity for all.
  • Innovation is important for income.
+ ACFID focus on human rights at their conference

ACFID has its annual conference at the same time as CID's. We promise to synchronise better next year!

Once again ACFID has a great line up 
of speakers, and focuses on a theme important to all our members - Human Rights in the 21st Century: People, Planet, Place.

It's a shame some of our members won't be able to attend both.
+ 12 facts about immigrants

In 2017 immigrants made up nearly 14 percent of the U.S. population, a sharp increase from historically low rates of the 1960s and 1970s, but a level commonly reached in the 19th century. 

A new report from the Brookings Institute has 12 facts on immigration in the US that challenge some assumptions:
  • Immigrants are 4 times more likely than children of native-born parents to have less than a high school degree, but are almost twice as likely to have a doctorate.
  • Immigrants are much more likely than others to work in construction or service occupations, but children of immigrants work in roughly the same occupations as the children of natives.
  • Output in the economy is higher and grows faster with more immigrants
  • Most estimates show a small impact of immigration on low-skilled native-born wages.
  • High-skilled immigration increases innovation.
  • Immigrants contribute positively to government finances over the long run, and high-skilled immigrants make especially large contributions.
  • Immigration in the United States does not increase crime rates
+ A year of record storms already
Already this year has been marked by several one-in-a-thousand-year natural disasters - Hurricane's Harvey, Irma, Maria and now Michael has wrecked havoc across the world.

The Brookings Institute has some lessons from Hurricane Michael and the response in Puerto Rica on how best to build resilience.

"The Puerto Rican government recently released a draft “Puerto Rico Disaster Recovery Action Plan” detailing how it intends to use the next tranche of $8.2 billion in federal recovery (Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief (CBDG-DR)) funding. It’s a plan worth praising," writes Lewis M Milford in the Brookings Brief.

New initiatives include:
  • A program for solar and storage incentives for resilient energy and water installations.
  •  Community Resilience Centers.
  •  A revolving loan fund to support contractors facing credit risks from the disaster.
+ Exciting partnerships in the sector

Family Planning and the Kiribati Family Health Association (KFHA) have partnered with GOOD Travel to create a unique opportunity to experience life in Kiribati. This trip is designed for intrepid travelers with an interest in learning more about innovative approaches to international development in the Pacific.

The itinerary includes the opportunity to spend time with the staff and volunteers at KFHA, visit KFHA's mobile clinic, observe KFHA's outreach programmes, connect with the Kiribati Handicrafts Association, spend time in a traditional Kiribati village and participate in lots of fun events!

Please help them spread the word about their trip:  And if you're keen to join yourself, contact:
+ World Polio day 

World Polio Day celebrates globally on 24th October 2018, generating awareness towards the eradication of polio worldwide.

“Rotary is the leading non-governmental voluntary organisation contributor to Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) having partnered with World Health Organization (WHO), US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The goal of the GPEI is global certification of polio eradication, that is the cessation of transmission of all
polio viruses.”

By the time the world is certified polio-free, Rotary’s contribution will have exceeded NZ$3.3 billion, including matching funds from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.” Rotarians provide volunteer support during vaccination campaigns as well their fundraising and advocacy. From the launch of the GPEI in 1988, an estimated 17.4 million people, mainly in the developing world who would otherwise have been paralysed, are walking 
freelybecause they have been immunised. More than 650,000 paralytic cases are now prevented annually. Since 1988, more than 2.5 billion children have received oral polio vaccine.

In 2017, a record 430 million children were vaccinated in 39 countries. As long as the indigenous wild poliovirus transmission continues in the last remaining endemic countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the risk of international spread of polio remains. Particularly vulnerable are countries bordering the endemic countries.

Once polio has been eradicated, the world will reap substantial financial and humanitarian dividends, due to bygone costs of polio treatment and rehabilitation. “Savings could exceed NZ$1.5 billion per year.

+ New Code Signatories: UNICEF, Caritas & International Needs Humanitarian Aid Trust

We have 3 more CID members who have reached CID Code signatory status this past week; UNICEF New ZealandCaritas Aotearoa New Zealand, & International Needs Humanitarian Aid Trust. Within the last 6 weeks this brings the total of CID members gaining Code compliance to 7 members, and another 5 retaining their compliance status as part of a triennial reassessment.

We expect to have another 4 CID members signed as new Code signatories by the end of October. Remember that all members (except for new members that joined CID after April 2017) should have attained code signatory status by the AGM on 29th October 2018. 
Please reach out to the CID Code of Conduct & Standards Manager (at if this presents any challenges, or if you have any queries. CID is here to discuss and support you through this process.

We would like to congratulate UNICEF, Caritas and International Needs Humanitarian Aid Trust on this achievement, which further substantiates for the public the professional expertise that they already bring to international development and humanitarian response. CID appreciates the work they have invested in reviewing their own programme principles, 
organisational dynamics, and engagement with the public. 
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