Australian aid increased but only because of debt relief to
This falls well behind averages for OECD members of .42 per cent, approaching half a percent.
NZAID funding is even further behind global targets of 0.7 per cent, about two thirds of one percent, with “no change” in 2006 putting additional pressure on government to meet the 2010 target.
Part of the problem is that
NZAID appears to have forgotten or is ignoring an OECD review from 2005 that suggests
“But we believe that
NZAID was encouraged to reduce the number of its core bilateral partner countries, particularly in Asia where “
DAC recommended New Zealand maintain focus on the Pacific where it has an “especially important role and impact,” said Manning, noting its input to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands was of “particular interest,” with the Kiwi role in RAMSI mission being “successful and innovative.”
Two years later, and
NZAID just last month released a draft strategy for spending in
Earlier, in late February, Foreign Affairs minister Winston Peters announced the “disestablishment” of IDAC, the International Development Advisory Committee.
“Government has not adopted a medium-term expenditure framework that would enable progress,” towards 2010 funding goals, notes the 2005 report, linked to on the NZAID site.
The same site makes no mention of DAC criticisms, nor any long term plans for increasing funding.
As close as NZAID comes is by referring to DAC “Principles for the Evaluation of Development Assistance” as being used as the “foundation” for developing new NZAID “evaluation policy and guidelines.”