Issue No. 86
NewZAID 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 advance the reach and impact of New Zealand’s development effort.
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An innovative renewable energy project is set to transform Tokelau, and lead the world in transitioning from dependence on fossil-fuels to renewable energy.
The Head of UNAIDS, Mr Michel Sidibé and Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), visited New Zealand in early March to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.
Along with the Governments of Samoa and Australia, New Zealand is playing a big part in supporting change in Samoa’s Ministry of Revenue.
The Pacific Business Mentoring programme, run by Business Mentors New Zealand, encourages Kiwi volunteers to use their business acumen and experience to help small and medium-sized businesses grow in the Pacific.
Salamasina-Tausala o Samoa is a Capability Building programme focused on empowering Samoan women who have received little formal education. The initiative builds on the skills and knowledge women already possess and are applying to everyday tasks (for example housekeeping, cooking, childcare and basic safety) and enables to them to deliver professional domestic services for which they can get paid.
In March the regional Vice Presidents from the World Bank and the Asia Development Bank (ADB) visited Wellington to meet with Ministry staff working on the New Zealand Aid Programme, and Government Ministers.
Setting up an organisation specifically to support Tongan women in business was “a challenging and exciting journey culminating in the establishment of Women in Sustainable Enterprises (WISE),” President Robina Nakao told the first Annual General Meeting of WISE Tonga Inc. in March.
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