Collaboration Award 2022 Entries

The CID Collaboration Award recognises and celebrates the importance of effective relationships, partnership, and collaboration within and across the sector to tackle global challenges.

Thank you to everyone who entered this year! It's been inspiring to see all the great mahi from our members and partners.

The winner will be announced at the Banquet Hall in Parliament on day two of the conference.

1. Reemi New Zealand

Improving menstrual hygiene

"Reemi is a social enterprise and nonprofit that exists to provide menstrual education and sustainable products that work for people in every culture. Our project funded by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (by Elrha) was to address a humanitarian problem with an innovative approach. In our work, we didn’t just use design-thinking to co-create solutions but we sought to find the answers through a demand-driven approach.  

We collaborated with NZ brand AS Colour and alongside garment manufacturer Hop Lun in Bangladesh to provide zero waste menstrual hygiene management products and education to 724 female garment workers within their factories. Researchers from the University of Munich worked alongside Reemi to collect and analyse data about stigmas and taboos associated with menstruation from the pilot studies within these factories. We co-designed solutions with local partners; iDE Bangladesh, icddr,b and input from Change Associates and Hop Lun. "

Organisations involved:

  • Reemi (NZ, Lead Organisation) 
  • Change Associates (Bangladesh, Education Partner) 
  • iDE Bangladesh (Bangladesh, Designer Partner) 
  • University of Munich (Germany, Research Partner) 
  • icddr,b (Bangladesh, Research Partner) 
  • Hop Lun (Bangladesh) and AS Colour NZ (Corporate & Production Partners) 
  • Funded by Elrha (UK), Hop Lun and AS Colour 


 2. World Vision NZ 

Amending the 2022 Special Ukraine Policy

"World Vision NZ Advocacy has been working in strong partnership with NZ Ukrainian organisation Mahi for Ukraine, advocating for the millions of families fleeing the devastating crisis in Ukraine. Mahi for Ukraine bring to the partnership a strong connection to and knowledge of the NZ Ukrainian community, while WVNZ bring their capacity and resources to foster a small, community-led organisation.

In March 2022, WVNZ and Mahi for Ukraine sent an open letter to the Prime Minister and Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, signed by the NZ NGO Sector and Ukrainian Associations. The letter called for increased humanitarian assistance, visas and support for Ukrainians to come to NZ, and a direct line of contact with NZ Ukrainians to feed into Ukraine-related policy decisions.

We were encouraged that the government responded by directly engaging with Mahi for Ukraine, increasing humanitarian aid, and establishing the 2022 Special Ukraine Policy (Ukraine Policy) to allow Kiwi Ukrainians to sponsor family to NZ.

Despite the Ukraine Policy allowing 4,000 Ukrainians to enter NZ, very few Ukrainians arrived in Aotearoa via the Visa. In April, WVNZ and Mahi for Ukraine jointly released The Special Ukraine Policy Survey (Survey) to understand barriers to Ukrainians accessing the Policy. Almost 200 kiwi Ukrainians."

Organisations involved:

  • World Vision NZ
  • Mahi for Ukraine

3. SurfAid

A Fair Shot 

"COVID-19 had a devastating impact across Indonesia. At the time of the project, 4.3 million Indonesians had tested positive for the virus, 143,000 had died and eight million people had fallen back into poverty as a result of the pandemic.  

In partnership with the Indonesian government, SurfAid set sail to run walk-in vaccination clinics in seven isolated communities across the remote islands of Nias and Telo. At the time, 26 per cent of Indonesias were fully vaccinated. Urban areas like Jakarta were seeing increased access and supply of vaccines, however rural and remote areas were disproportionately impacted and lagging behind.  

To address this disparity SurfAid supported the local governments to administer 1,550 doses of the Moderna and Sinovac vaccine to people in remote communities. This consisted of two week-long expeditions working alongside the surf charter industry. SurfAid’s staff headed out with the team from the Sumatran Surfariis surf charter boat to bring vaccines to the people of Nias and Telo. "

Organisations involved:

  • SurfAid 
  • Indonesian Government 
  • Sumatran Surfariis 


4. The Fred Hollows Foundation

Gender analysis of eye care services in Papua New Guinea 

"Access to eye health care is limited in Papua New Guinea (PNG) due to factors such as low literacy, transport difficulty and distance to services, lack of awareness of the services available of treatment for eye care, the high cost associated with services, especially spectacles, and underlying beliefs related to sorcery and eye problems. These factors unequally impact women and the 2017 Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness highlighted that the prevalence of blindness is significantly higher in women than men. 

The purpose of this research was to better understand the current gendered context around access to eye health services to strengthen eye health care in PNG. An initial desktop review was conducted to provide a review of the current published information on gendered access to eye health care. Next, the tools for the qualitative fieldwork were developed based on findings and gaps identified in the review. A total of 151 people from Goroka, Madang and Port Moresby participated in this study. Findings highlighted that gender inequity is a significant barrier to women accessing timely eye health services. These inequities were exacerbated by inadequate resourcing and eye health facilities, long distances, security and safety of women, and COVID-19. 

The Foundation partnered with CARE International in PNG to deliver this research project. It was crucial for the organisation that this project was locally developed and led to ensure culturally appropriate approaches to the research given the nature of the topic being investigated. A local researcher allowed for rapport to be built quickly and for participants to be at ease when disclosing sensitive information. Further to this, the project was in line with The Foundation’s principle of strengthening local capacity and using evidence to inform programmatic decisions. This was the first time the lead researcher had conducted large-scale national research making this collaboration successful on many fronts for all parties involved. "

Organisations involved:

  • The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ 
  • Care International in PNG 
  • The Fred Hollows Foundation PNG 
  • The Fred Hollows Foundation 

5. Anglican Missions

Tonga Eruption Response and Recovery 2022 

"On 15 January 2022, the underwater Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted. Significant ashfalls covered much of Tonga and tsunami waves 5-10 metres in height reached up to 400 metres inland. The disaster caused 4 deaths. Over 80% of the population was affected. The event cut access to essential goods and services, destroyed crops, and contaminated water supplies. However, existing emergency preparations of Anglican communities combatted the disaster’s immediate impact.  Anglican Mission’s project builds on these existing strengths.  

Relief supplies were immediately distributed from four pre-positioned facilities in Nuku’alofa. Meanwhile, six 20’ shipping containers were dispatched from Suva and Auckland, bringing in fresh water, non-perishable food, industrial cleaning and construction equipment, sanitation packs, COVID protection and student supplies. In Nuku’alofa, 40 volunteers (mainly Anglican youth) distributed supplies according to each community’s needs. The containers have now been transported to multiple sites and recommissioned as pre-positioned facilities ready for future emergencies.  

The initial response was fast and effective thanks to excellent coordination within the Diocese of Polynesia and its extensive in-country partnerships, including with the National Emergency Management Office. The second project phase (underway) focusses on building resilience. Strategies include workshops on resilient agricultural (such as use of climate-resistant crops); traditional storage techniques; repairs to water tanks and gutters, provision of new 10 and 20,000 litre water tanks and establishing community committees to manage water supplies; psychosocial support training and services targeting children; and repairing key community and church buildings to be disaster ready (noting church halls function as de-facto evacuation centres).   

The Tonga emergency appeal is the largest in Anglican Mission’s history, raising NZ$527,135, over half a million dollars. This extraordinary sum enables not just temporary aid, but proactive strengthening of local capacity to tackle future events.  A monitoring and evaluation visit is scheduled for the first week of October. "

Organisations involved:

  • Anglican Missions 
  • Tearfund New Zealand 

6. UNICEF Aotearoa

KICKATHON - DC10 Fund in partnership with UNICEF Aotearoa 

"In March 2022, rugby legend and UNICEF Aotearoa Ambassador Dan Carter launched the DC10 Fund, in partnership with UNICEF Aotearoa.  Vision of the DC10 Fund: 

To enrich the lives of children so they can unleash their dreams. 

To launch the DC10 Fund, Dan Carter returned to Eden Park on 7-8 April to kick for 24-hours straight, raising over $500,000 to support UNICEF’s work to provide essential clean water and sanitation for children in the Pacific. 

Across the Pacific, water and sanitation-related diseases are one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of five. UNICEF is working in some of the most remote and challenging areas to deliver clean water and sanitation to 134,000 children in Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. "

 Organisations involved:

  • UNICEF Aotearoa
  • DC10 Fund
  • UNICEF global
  • UNICEF Pacific
  • Media partners
  • Celebrities (NZ and global) 
  • Corporate sponsors

7. World Vision NZ

#SubmitToSupport – Getting modern slavery legislation across the line

"In April 2022, the government launched a public consultation process calling for feedback on what should be included in proposed modern slavery legislation.  

This public consultation period followed a sustained advocacy campaign by World Vision and Trade Aid calling on the government to introduce legislation to address modern slavery. This included an open letter signed by more than 100 businesses and a public petition signed by more than 35,000 New Zealanders.  

Harnessing the power of collaboration, World Vision, Trade Aid and Tearfund partnered to encourage participation in the Government’s public consultation process through a range of media, social media, digital and other activities to engage supporters and customers around this topic. 

By sending a strong message to Government that New Zealanders care about this topic, we hope the Government progresses this legislation with urgency. " 

Organisations involved:

  • World Vision
  • Trade Aid
  • Tearfund

8. Habitat for Humanity NZ

Collaborating in Samoa with Negotiated Partnerships

Habitat for Humanity's Negotiated Partnership to Build Back Safer and Participatory Approach to Safe Shelter Awareness.


Judging criteria

Your application 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.
  • Creativity - how the story is presented for your entry

How to enter

This year we are encouraging creativity and would like entrants to submit their stories as either a PowerPoint presentation or a short 2 minute video, accompanied with your application form.

Deadline for entries is now closed

Eligibility criteria

Entrants must:

  • be a CID Full Member or Affiliate Member;
  • complete the application form and submit a PowerPoint or video (max 2 mins);
  • understand that "project", "campaign" and "partnership" refer to the work for which you are submitting an entry – this could be a campaign, a collaboration, an innovation etc;
  • submit their full entry before the deadline (5.30pm 10 October 2022);
  • give consent for the information they provide to be uploaded onto the CID website and CID’s social media channels;
  • give consent for potential media coverage of their organisation's project;
  • understand that the intentions for this initiative are to celebrate, share and publicly recognise the inspiring work of the CID membership; and
  • understand that entries must relate to projects that have been initiated within the last two years and either have finished within the last 12 months or be current and operational at the time of entry.