2021 Conference Details

Posted on 13 July 2021

The theme of the 2021 Conference is New Ways to Work; Stronger Relationships and Resilience


Location: in person conference, Tiakiwai Conference Centre, National Library, Wellington

Date: 26-27th October 2021 (CID Conference 26th and MFAT/NGO Hui 27th)

Dinner: 26th October, The Banquet Hall, Parliament, Wellington


CID and New Zealand’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) have created this overarching theme to connect the annual CID Conference and MFAT/NGO Hui. The theme will weave the two days together and explore the ‘why, what and how’ of our work towards stronger relationships, resilience and results in dynamic development work environments in the Pacific and beyond.

Taking this further – how will development evolve past 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 into a new normal. How can these positive changes to the way we work become business as usual? How can we ensure resilience, with our partners, and also internally in our own organisations?

The 2021 CID Conference and MFAT/NGO Hui will bring together the Aotearoa New Zealand international development sector after a tumultuous year to reflect, and to regroup on aid and development into the future.



More details to come in September.

What is on the CID Conference programme on day one?

The CID conference will include keynote speeches, some guest speakers from across the world and our region, panels, workshops, a photo competition, dinner and the presentation of the CID Collaboration Award.

This year, CID will again be hosting a discussion panel, with representatives from the sector. The event also includes the annual Photo Competition, a CID Collaboration Award (based on the UK Bond awards to recognise outstanding performance in the sector for partnership and collaboration), and an evening dinner event at Parliament with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta.  

We also welcome expressions of interest for CID Conference workshop sessions.

What is the MFAT/NGO Hui on day two?

The MFAT/NGO Hui is an annual event hosted by MFAT and attended by NZNGOs working in the international development and humanitarian sectors. The Hui has usually been held around the same time as the CID Conference but not usually at the same venue or with a common theme.  This year, we’re bringing the two events closer together with the CID Conference on the 26th and the MFAT/NGO Hui on the 27th of October. 

The Hui will connect to discussions from the previous day on the theme of relationships, resilience and results. The Hui is an opportunity for MFAT and NGO partners to connect through workshops and panel presentations, discuss challenges, trends and forecasting for the year ahead.

Registrations will open soon!



2021 Conference