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A survey of political parties looking at how much New Zealand should spend on Official Development Assistance (ODA) shows the overwhelming majority of parties are committed to raising the bar according to the Council for International Development (CID). (See survey here)
CID, the umbrella organisation for the majority of the organisations working in the aid sector, put five questions to the 14 parties registered (as of June 2014) for the election. Of the 11 who responded seven said they are committed to reaching the internationally agreed target of 0.7% of GNI which would more than double the present aid budget. This included National, Labour and the Greens.
"Our aid budget has been too low for too long while the problems facing those living in extreme poverty are becoming more complex with issues around climate change and political instability. This result shows most of our political parties recognise New Zealand must be a credible part of a global push to alleviate poverty as part of working towards sustainable development,” says Dr Wren Green, CID Director.
Kiwis applauded for their generosity on World Humanitarian Day
New Zealand aid organisations who work in disaster relief and emergency management thanked New Zealanders for their generosity towards humanitarian work around the globe on World Humanitarian Day (19th August, 2014).
Chair of the NGO Disaster Relief Forum, Ian McInnes said “Over recent months, the humanitarian landscape has become more complex. Scenes from Iraq and Gaza have regularly featured on our televisions and websites”.
APBAid UPDATE ON RESPONSE TO HAIYAN DISASTER IN PHILIPPINES
PERIOD COVERED: MARCH-APRIL 2014
The months of March and April saw a dawning of hope for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Even though signs of devastation still remain in the scenery, the strong spirit of resilience ushered in new and challenging opportunities of building partnerships for early recovery effort in the affected areas. For the APBF member-Conventions significant progress has been made in terms of building shelters, recovery of livelihood and trauma care.