NewZAID April 2012

Issue No. 87  

Welcome to the April edition of NewZAID. This monthly e-zine showcases the New Zealand Aid Programme’s development initiatives in the Pacific and around the world. Our stories also show how our partnerships with other governments, NGOs and private sector agencies advances the reach and impact of New Zealand’s development effort. Subscribe to future editons of NewZAID.

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 initiative to enhance economic opportunities in Bamyan

Agriculture is the main source of income in Bamyan, Afghanistan and is crucial to the region’s economic development. New Zealand is contributing to an initiative to ensure farmers have access to equipment, training and business support that will make long-term, sustainable improvements to their livelihoods.

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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.

NZ pilots Hospitality Training for Samoa Tourism

Five new awards will be available for training in advanced cookery, culinary practice and hospitality management, for Samoa from 2012. The awards are supported by the New Zealand Aid Programme, in partnership with the ACCOR Hotels chain and Manukau Institute of Technology. Formal training for a certificate or diploma will be offered in conjunction with quality on-the job training and supervision in an ACCOR Hotels in New Zealand.

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International Development Advisory and Selection Panel (IDASP) meet

The IDASP had its inaugural meeting on 26 April. The IDASP comprises five members with broad skills and experience, who will make recommendations on development fund applications and provide advice on development policy and strategy. The meeting further familiarised the panel with the New Zealand Aid Programme's strategic direction, priorities and way of working.

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NZ Partnerships for International Development fund consultation

Consultation closes 4 May for the proposed NZ Partnerships for International Development Fund. The International Development Fund will replace the Sustainable Development Fund, supporting NZ-based NGO, state and private sector agencies to deliver development activities with partners in developing countries. MFAT has received useful feedback from stakeholders at various consultation meetings. We encourage further written feedback by the closing date. The Ministry will then review the Fund model in light of the themes and finalise the parameters of the Fund with the agreement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The first call for applications is planned for July.

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