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First Secretary Richard Dirks from the New Zealand High Commission in Suva took visiting New Zealand Aid Programme officials Gareth Smith and Leonard Chan to see the Rotahomes Koroipita Project recently. Officials met with the Project Manager, Peter Drysdale and his staff for an update on progress and said they left feeling confident New Zealand’s money was being well spent.
The Government of Solomon Islands and its development partners, New Zealand, Asia Development Bank (ADB), AusAID, and the European Union opened the West Guadalcanal road last week, which will boost connectivity between West Guadalcanal and Honiara and link communities to clinics, markets and schools.
Co-financed by the New Zealand Aid Programme and Japan through the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and further supported by the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG), a community-based project will expand to deliver electricity to remote communities in PNG.
A new irrigation system in Cao Bang Province, Vietnam has transformed once dry fields into lush crops of maize and rice; a significant achievement in a place where people can go hungry for much of the year.
Former New Zealand Prime Minister and current United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark gave a series of talks when she visited New Zealand this month, also calling on John Allen and Amanda Ellis (pictured) and other members of the Senior Leadership team at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
A year since the initiative began, Sistas Savve (which in pidgin translates as Girls Know and Girls Can), a project seeking to improve the health, economic and social status of young women in Honiara, is starting to see sustainable results in the lives of the young women.