Vanuatu participates in New Zealand regional programmes estimated to bring an extra $7 million worth of development support.
The New Zealand Aid Programme activities in Vanuatu are based on the overall aid programme mandate of economic development, education, and governance (including law and justice).
The New Zealand and Vanuatu governments have recently signed the Joint Commitment for Development(PDF 128KB) which establishes a shared vision for achieving long-term outcomes.
Economic development is a key focus of New Zealand’s country strategy in Vanuatu. Both the New Zealand and Vanuatu governments agree that the private sector plays an important role in leading the economic development of the country. New Zealand is increasing support in this area, particularly to improve the benefits of tourism to Ni-Vanuatu people.
The New Zealand Aid Programme currently supports:
Improving access to, and the quality of, basic education and workforce training are priorities to help Vanuatu achieve its goal of a quality education for all. The New Zealand Aid Programme, AusAID and UNICEF are helping build the ability of the Ministry of Education to better deliver education services under the Vanuatu Education Road Map (VERM).
To assist Vanuatu in meeting its human resource needs, the New Zealand Aid Programme funds scholarships for study at New Zealand and Pacific tertiary institutions. The scholarships programme is supplemented by a Short-Term Award Scheme to cater for professional training or attachment to a New Zealand organisation to gain hands-on experience.
The New Zealand Government recognises that effective governance is essential for reducing poverty and creating sustainable development.
New Zealand has a well established and long-term commitment to help the Vanuatu Government improve law and order through the new Vanuatu Corrections Service.
The Department of Corrections is responsible for the prison operations and establishing a new probation service. New Zealand Aid Programme-funded in-country advisers work alongside local staff as part of an institutional strengthening programme.
The Judiciary is also supported through the placement of a New Zealand judge who sits on the Vanuatu Supreme Court.
It also recognises the need for increased participation by civil society in policy formulation and decision-making, and community provision of social development.
The New Zealand Aid Programme funds: