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Banzaid has been a member of the New Zealand Council for International Development (CID) since 1997. This year CID celebrates 30 years as the umbrella organisation providing coordination of activity and a united voice on common issues for New Zealand's international aid and development community. CID represents over 50 member NGO's based in Aotearoa and is linked to counterpart organisations in Australia (ACFID) and the Pacific (PIANGO). CID exists to support effective high quality aid and development programmes, with the vision of achieving a sustainable world free from poverty and injustice.
The CID member organisations have traditionally been unified by a Code of Ethics agreement. This was 9 guiding principles that formed a standard for good practice. The code of ethics has been succeeded by the new CID Code of Conduct launched at the end of 2014. The Code of Conduct is a more comprehensive set of principles and obligations designed to enhance accountability within the sector and bring the transparency of New Zealand NGOs in sync with international standards.
‘We say men and women were created in the image of God. I refuse to imagine a God who is miserable, poor, ignorant, superstitious, fearful, oppressed and wretched…’
Julius K. Nyerere
At the heart of why NZBMS exists is a rock-solid belief that people matter to God. We believe that God is deeply concerned with the wellbeing of people in the here and now.
If we truly believe that human beings have been created with an inherent God-given dignity - if we are in agreement with David the Psalmist when he asks ‘why do you care about us humans? Why are you concerned for us weaklings,’ – then we should be compelled to act when we see our brothers and sisters poor, wretched, and oppressed.
This is why Banzaid has such an important role to play within the mission of NZBMS. The projects we are delivering through Banzaid are bringing real-time solutions into broken, hurting communities. Through Banzaid we are tangibly responding to issues of poverty and exploitation because we believe that “mission” is about wanting God’s best for others, no strings attached.
Thank you for taking time to read this report. We hope you are encouraged by the impact our projects are having in the lives of the poor and disadvantaged.
General Director, NZBMS
We like giving and like useful gifts that encourage positive change! This Father's Day we invite you to send a gift of life.
- Education for children in Bangladesh
- A 'smoke-free' stove for a family in Bangladesh
- Coffee seedlings for farmers in Papua New Guinea
These are gifts that will support Banzaid's goal of restoring life for communities in the countries where we work.