New Zealand - DAC Peer Review of Development Co-operation 2015
New Zealand in a good position to raise development aid ambitions, OECD says
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, according to the OECD’s latest Peer Review of New Zealand.
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.
New Zealand and disasters: a good practice example
New Zealand’s experience as a disaster-prone nation has given rise to a strong commitment to boosting resilience in partner countries, especially to disaster and climate change risks. Important lessons from domestic disasters, most recently the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, are actively shared with multilateral partners, who are in turn urged to better integrate disaster risk reduction aspects across their programmes. In the bilateral programme, the focus is on developing national and regional response capacity, using both humanitarian and development funding, and capitalising on expertise across government. Bilateral resilience programmes usually incorporate a long term perspective, including promoting partner country government prioritisation of, and budget allocations for, risk reduction. Other donors could clearly learn from New Zealand’s approach to risk reduction programming.