Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 1973.
After the ODA decreases of 2009-10, in 2012 New Zealand continued the ODA growth trend initiated in 2011, reaching a net ODA volume of USD 455 million, up from USD 424 million in the previous year. In real terms, New Zealand’s ODA increased by 3% between 2011 and 2012, reflecting the commitment to reach the ODA target of USD 600 million.
The ODA/GNI ratio remained stable at 0.28% compared to 2011, a slight increase from the 0.26% reached in 2010.
Key Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2013 (DCR)
New Zealand’s official development assistance fell by 4% in 2009 to USD 313 million, but the country plans a sharp increase over the coming years. Prior to last year’s decline in spending, New Zealand’s development aid was on a sharp upward trajectory, peaking at USD 348 million in 2008. The fluctuation in 2009 is attributed to New Zealand’s multi-year appropriations process for development assistance, which sets budgets annually but disburses funds over a July 1 to June 30 fiscal year. New Zealand has pledged to raise aid levels to USD 416 million by 2012/13, despite strong pressures on public spending, and recognises it must do more if it is to meet the international target of giving 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) in aid. In 2009, New Zealand allocated 0.28% of GNI to aid.
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.