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 2015

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See full profile in the Development Co-operation Report 2015.

In 2014, New Zealand provided USD 502 million in net ODA (preliminary data), which represented 0.27% of gross national income (GNI) and an increase of 6.8% in real terms from 2013, driven mainly by an increase in bilateral grants, primarily to least developed countries (LDCs). New Zealand is the 13th largest Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donor in terms of ODA as a percentage of GNI, and the 20th largest donor by volume. The outlook for growth in the ODA budget is positive since in 2014 New Zealand announced an overall increase in ODA of nearly NZD 220 million for the three-year period starting 2015/16. The grant element of total ODA was 100% in 2013.

Peer review findings: 2015

Latest evaluation reports

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.

Access New Zealand's latest evaluation reports on the DAC Evaluation Resource Centre (DEReC).

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