April 2012 Development stories

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State sector leaders focus on international development

On April 4, International Development Deputy Secretary Amanda Ellis hosted a meeting of State sector CEOs, aimed at promoting opportunities for wider state sector engagement in New Zealand’s international development effort.

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Multi donor agricultural initiative to enhance Bamyan farmers’ economic opportunities

A new multi donor programme in Bamyan, Afghanistan will transform the livelihoods of over 50,000 farmers by giving them access to cutting-edge agricultural techniques and business support.

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Sistas Savve: Supporting women in the Solomons

Sistas Savve is an informal education programme that aims to empower women in Solomon Islands to reimagine their futures. It provides around 120 young women the opportunity to develop skills to enable them to earn livelihoods and acquire leadership, reproductive health, and parenting skills.

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Improving oceans, and results, among World Bank themes

The private sector’s role in development, improving results, and enhancing our oceans were key themes discussed at the IMF-World Bank Spring meeting in Washington in April. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was represented by Development Manager Sue Lancaster, who reports on the trip here.

New Zealand pilots Hospitality Training for Samoa Tourism

The New Zealand Aid Programme, in partnership with the ACCOR Hotels chain and Manukau Institute of Technology, has announced five new awards will be made available for training in advanced cookery, culinary practice and hospitality management, beginning in 2012. Formal training for a New Zealand certificate or diploma qualification will be offered in conjunction with high quality on-the job training and supervision within one of the ACCOR Hotels in New Zealand.

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Conference builds on empowering women in business

Gender is a ‘cross cutting’ issue for the New Zealand Aid programme. This means gender issues are taken into account when designing, implementing and evaluating aid initiatives. The New Zealand Aid Programme considers gender equality and women’s empowerment essential for achieving sustainable, equitable development. The New Zealand Aid programme currently provides $2.5 million in core funding annually to the United Nations agency, UN Women.

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New Zealand responds to Horn of Africa drought

In 2011 the worst drought for 60 years across the Horn of Africa destroyed crops and left people and livestock dead. Across Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti, millions of people needed immediate assistance. In response, the New Zealand Government provided a package of assistance totalling almost $6 million to the World Food Programme, the International Committee of the Red Cross and four New Zealand non-government organisations.

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Improving livelihoods in Tay Ninh Province

Tay Ninh is one of the poorest provinces in Viet Nam. With New Zealand Aid Programme funding of approximately $620,000 over three years, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, (ADRA) is working to address poverty in Tay Ninh.

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