Tsunami response, new MFAT funding proposal, post New York and more

Posted on 02 October 2018

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+ New Zealand responds to Sulawesi tsunami

CID member NGOs are working with their partners in Sulawesi to get vital supplies to people in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami. 

Estimates put the number of people affected at over 1.5 million. The emergency response is being hampered by widespread power outages, lack of available machinery and fuel shortage. 
Fatalities are at 844 and rising. Over 48,000 people have been displaced and have sought safety in 103 camps across the island. Roughly 1,100 schools and colleges have been damaged, affecting over 150,000 students.

Rapid assessments are being undertaken in-country, and immediate needs have been identified. These include search and rescue equipment, water, food, shelter, fuel, safe and dignified burial management, medical supplies and psycho-social support.

Here's a list of New Zealand based NGOs supporting the emergency response (with more likely to join in the next few days):
·      Christian World Service – Trish Murray - 03 3669274 x 710
·      World Vision – Chloe Irvine 0223508918
·      Oxfam – Kelsey-Rae Taylor 0212985894
·      Caritas – Karl Corney 04 4961742
·      ChildFund – Quenelda Clegg - 0291228637
·      Save the Children – Ally Cleland 0225319514
·      UNICEF – Lachlan Forsyth 021517449
·      Christian Blind Mission – Dr Murray Sheard 022 675 0942
·      Habitat for Humanity  -  Alan Thorp 021 747 183. 
·      ADRA – Mark Collyns – 021 490279

The New Zealand government has announced $1.6 million to support the recovery. $1.5m for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies emergency appeal; and a further $100,000 to allow the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta to respond to other immediate needs.

Additional funding to support the response efforts of  New Zealand NGOs is likely.
+ MFAT's new funding approach welcomed by CID members

MFAT is meeting with sector staff and leaders, as well as business partners and other stakeholders, to brief us all on the new funding arrangements. Reactions have been generally positive and there was a sense that MFAT had listened to the sector and come up with an approach that responded to many of our concerns. Some issues were raised, and members will continue to feed back to MFAT as the final shape of the new approach is decided.

MFAT's Deb Collins and Phil Hewitt presented ‘A Tailored Approach to Partnering for Impact’. This has been developed as an outcome of the evaluation of the current situation which many of you have been involved in.

MFAT wants to better leverage NGO partners, ensure sustainability of impact, and efficiently deliver Pacific Reset and other aid priorities. The new Partnership Approach essentially has three levels of funding:
  • Negotiated Partnerships – supporting multi-year, multi-country programmes that deliver sustained development outcomes
  • Contestable Fund – supporting initiatives that achieve localised impact
  • Organisational Strengthening – to coordinate and deliver in-country capacity development and organisational strengthening.
The priority geographical areas are 60% Pacific and 40% SE Asia (the priority countries being Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Timor-Leste), the rest of Asia, and Africa.

The priority sectors are Climate Change; Economic Resilience; Human Rights’ Human Development; Inclusive Development and Governance and Democracy.

The briefing involved a presentation followed by small group discussions on each of the three levels with an opportunity to discuss concerns and opportunities for each. The next steps will be:
  • An analysis of the issues raised in the briefing
  • Establishment of a Reference Group to inform the design work with MFAT to establish the criteria and process for the negotiated partnerships, the contestable funding, and the organisational strengthening of local in-country partners.
  • Presentation of initial guidance by end 2018
  • Presentation of final guidance presented by Feb 2019.
We will keep everyone updated on developments as they evolve.
+ Post safeguarding workshops

Thank you to everyone who attended CID's Safeguarding workshops last week in Auckland and Wellington. 

We will be following up with a full report. And please fill in the survey to help us establish what was most useful and where we can improve.

We will also look at taking some of the key actions forward, and the survey will help us to identify what is a priority. These could include cookie-cutter policies, online training, and further study groups online to support the sector to prevent or know how to deal with safeguarding issues in the future 
+ Direct Impact partner with CID on newsletter 

We're very excited to announce that longtime CID supporter, and now Associate Member, Direct Impact Group has entered into a sponsorship agreement for the CID newsletter.  

This will help us to keep providing a quality weekly update online for members and partners and to make sure we can cover topical issues relevant to those working in the international development and humanitarian sector.
In the words of Darren Ward, Managing Partner of the Direct Impact Group, “Our work with the international development community here in New Zealand and globally has clearly identified the importance of increased collaboration and information sharing.  CID plays an important role in supporting this in New Zealand and sponsoring the newsletter is a great way for us to be able to support them and their members in this work”.  
Josie Pagani, Executive Director of CID welcomed the sponsorship saying that “It was great to be partnering with an organisation that shared CID’s passion for development work and seeing an increased social impact.  With the increasing challenges and opportunities facing NGO’s and business engaged in development work, the partnership with the Direct Impact Group will provide not only financial support but also a link to insights from their work with organisations in New Zealand and around the world”.  

"Darren has already done a CID talk on his experience at the Nairobi-based 'Scanning the Horizons' conference on future trends in development. He'll be giving another talk in Auckland on November 21st." 
As part of the sponsorship, Direct Impact Group will offer CID members a 15% discount on standard full consulting fees and also provide a 10% contribution to CID from any assignment with a CID member (who states CID membership at the time of engagement). 
The Direct Impact Group is an international consulting and advisory firm that supports organisations to maximise their social impact through organisational development, facilitating partnerships and leveraging funding, technology, systems, and human resources to accelerate impact.   
Ph: +64 21592020
+ Post New York - Education, TB, Trump and Yemen

Devex analyse what just happened in New York, and what it means for those of us working in development. 

"As the dust settles from the whirlwind of one of the global development’s busiest weeks, it is a time to figure out what might have a lasting impact.

Some issues rose to more prominence than expected, while others fell short. Education seems to have emerged as a winner, whereas TB’s moment in the spotlight failed to bring expected commitments. 

Headlines announced the world’s laughter in response to United States President Donald Trump, but what will the few words he said about development mean for U.S. aid moving forward? How will the development community find ways to harness new technologies while protecting the world’s most vulnerable from potential downsides? And will the growing number of finance companies present result in more investment in critical development challenges?"

" On one hand, U.S. officials and lawmakers championed new tools and approaches designed to bring America's engagement in developing countries into a more modern era."

"At the same time, President Trump's speech to the General Assembly rehashed old visions of development assistance as a political tool for extracting reciprocal favors. "Moving forward, we are only going to give foreign aid to those who respect us and, frankly, are our friends,” Trump said."

Meanwhile, the harsh reality of the rise in humanitarian crises across the world wasn't forgotten amidst the glamour and cocktail parties.

"The situation in Yemen — often called the world's worst humanitarian crisis — continues to deteriorate, U.N. experts said in a meeting chaired by U.N. Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock."

Interestingly, more than in years past, private financial companies were present in discussions both inside and outside the U.N.

+ Is New Zealand really the worlds best donor?

Terence Wood analyses the Center for Global Development - Commitment to Development Index report that claims New Zealand is ranked first in the world for the quality of its aid.  
+ CID is growing

We are delighted to welcome four new Associate Members this week to the CID whanau:

Coffey Services (NZ) Limited
Coffey creates practical, sustainable, climate-friendly and environmentally responsible solutions to address the region’s most complex challenges for clients such as the MFAT, DFAT, the European Union, DFID, and USAID.

Direct Impact Group

Direct Impact Group is an independent international consultancy,
specialised in creating and delivering the change needed to maximise social impact. 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

LDS Charities is the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our purpose is to relieve suffering, foster self-reliance and provide opportunities for service. Sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LDS Charities follows the admonition of Jesus Christ to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, take in the stranger, clothe the naked and visit the sick and afflicted.

International Development Young Professionals (IDYP) NZ

The IDYP network is a reliable leader in the community through which IDYPs can build their networks, skills, and knowledge in order to contribute to the continued strength of NZ’s ID community.


Emergency Management New Zealand