New Zealand Partnerships for International Development Fund

Our development investment should make a very real and positive difference for people in need, their families and communities in developing countries. We want to show measurable, positive changes to their quality of life. The Partnerships Fund has been established to harness the expertise and innovation of New Zealand charitable, other not-for-profit, private sector and state sector organisations in the delivery of aid activities in developing countries.

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The Partnerships Fund is:

  • a multi-sector contestable fund
  • focused on sustainable economic development in a developing country
  • constructed around forming partnerships with New Zealand organisations who work with local in-country partners on aid activities.
  • available to fund activities which align with the strategic focus and sector priorities of the New Zealand Aid Programme.

How do Partnerships Fund rounds work?

The Partnerships Fund application process

  • Accreditation
  • Submission of Concept applications
  • Concept application appraisal
  • Decision making by External Panel
  • Developing the Activity Design Document if successful
  • Activity Design Document appraisal and decision
  • Contracting and implementation


All non-government and private sector applicants must be accredited to apply to the Partnerships Fund. The accreditation application form is available here.  Applicants should allow up to four weeks for their accreditation application to be processed.

Partnership Fund Guidelines

Before making a decision to apply to the Partnerships Fund, please read the full Partnerships Fund guidelines. The guidelines provide detailed information about who may apply to the fund, the scope and priorities of the fund, and the application process. 

Changes to the Fund confirmed April 2015

Following a period of stakeholder consultation changes to the Partnerships Fund eligibility criteria are confirmed.

From round 7 (16 September 2015), the Fund will invite applications aligned to the geographic and thematic focus of the New Zealand Aid Programme Strategic Plan (2015/16 - 2018/19). The Strategic Plan will be available in August.

The thematic/sector focus for each country is identified in the following diagram (PDF 221KB). More detailed information on the focal areas of each sector is available here (PDF 372KB).

Partnerships Fund guidelines and forms will be revised to reflect the new eligibility criteria and will be available shortly. All questions regarding the eligibility criteria or the Fund more broadly can be emailed to 

Partnerships Fund workshops 2015

The Partnerships Workshops 2015 were hosted by the Partnerships and Funds team at MFAT in Auckland on 23 April and Wellington on 1 May. These workshops occur once a year and provide networking opportunity for new and existing partners to engage with the work of the New Zealand Aid Programme. Information on the workshop programme, attendees and copies of presentations and handout material are provided in the following links.  

Design workshop

A Partnerships Fund Round Five Design workshop was held in Wellington on 4 February 2015 to support partners with developing activity design documents. The following presentations were given at the workshop.

Support in applying to the Partnerships Fund

We encourage organisations considering applying to the fund to get in touch with the Partnerships and Funds Team at an early stage to discuss their proposed concept.  Please email us via . Organisations should also utilise their own New Zealand and in-country networks to identify and discuss the concept with relevant stakeholders.

We are also able to review draft concept applications and provide high level feedback. Drafts should be in close to final stage format, including a completed high level budget section. Please submit a draft to us as early as possible – by midday 17 August 2015 for applications to Round 7 of the fund. Please note that decisions are made by the independent IDASP panel and this support will not necessarily lead to an application’s success.

Important dates 2015

3 August, midday close-off date for receipt of accreditation applications prior to round 7

17 August, midday close-off date for receipt of draft concept applications for feedback prior to round 7

16 September, midday close-off date for round 7 Partnerships Fund applications


For any queries please contact the Partnerships and Funds team on