The New Zealand Aid Programme is administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The mission of the New Zealand Aid Programme is to support sustainable development in developing countries, in order to reduce poverty and to contribute to a more secure, equitable, and prosperous world.
The Programme has a core focus on sustainable economic development and on the Pacific. While progress has been made in improving the lives of people in developing countries, much more needs to be done, particularly in the Pacific. New Zealand is committed to forging new partnerships and to using innovative approaches to bring about a tangible positive difference in peoples’ lives today, and to ensure sustainable development into the future. New Zealand is committed to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
The New Zealand Aid Programme supports the statistical capacity building activities of its Pacific neighbours, either directly through its country programmes or through regional institutions such as the Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre which provides advice and capacity building to 15 Pacific Island countries in four key areas: tax and customs policy; public financial management; financial sector supervision and regulation; and economic and financial statistics.
Bilateral support can take the form of mentoring, with the support of Statistics New Zealand, or direct support for activities such as DHS surveys or more fundamental activities such as building skills in poverty analysis, statistical reporting and pro-poor planning at the national, sectoral or local government levels.
Received September 2010