Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD-DAC)

DAC member profile: New Zealand


Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 1973.

Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2014

DCR 2014 New Zealand

See full profile in the Development Co-operation Report 2014.

In 2013, New Zealand provided USD 461 million ODA (preliminary data), which represented 0.26% of gross national income (GNI) and a fall of 1% in real terms from 2012. This is a reverse on the increases in ODA seen since 2010. New Zealand’s share of untied ODA (excluding administrative costs and in-donor refugee costs) was 84% in 2012, compared with the DAC average of 81%. The grant element of total ODA was 100% in 2012.

Peer review findings

Latest evaluation report

New Zealand is a valued development partner for its small island neighbours, delivering aid effectively and using its experience of natural disasters to help manage risks in the region. It complements its development assistance by using liberal trade and employment systems to support poor countries.

However in terms of the amount of aid provided, New Zealand lags other donors in the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC). The Review recommends the country use its economic recovery as an opportunity to raise its ambitions and set a time frame for lifting its aid budget towards an internationally agreed target for donor countries of 0.7% of gross national income.

The evaluation of the Cook Islands Education Sector Partnership found that the Education Master Plan is relevant to training and education priorities in the Cook Islands and to current national, regional and international mandates. While progress can be sustained through on-going implementation of existing initiatives, attention is required to provide systematic interventions and resources to address the constraints identified through the evaluation.

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