• 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6

The Council for International Development (CID) is the umbrella organisation for New Zealand development agencies. CID’s annual Member Survey provides a snap shot of the international NGO sector in New Zealand.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) remains the key government partner for most members, but a growing number are forging working relationships with other government agencies. Forty per cent of government or public partnerships (excluding MFAT) are now with Crown Research Institutes (CRIs), academic institutes, New Zealand local government, overseas governments, or government departments other than MFAT.

Fifty per cent of CID members now collaborate with each other on the delivery of aid and development, while seventy per cent partner with the private sector.

Financial support to CID members increased from $182 million last year to $215 million. But despite this, uncertainty is on the rise about what new business models are best suited to reflect the changing patterns of donating in New Zealand. This includes the long term decline in public donations, although the public remain the driving force behind CID member’s development assistance, providing fifty-five per cent of the funding.

“Expect to see more ‘soft-mergers’ between NGOs as CID members deepen their collaborations, and an increase in partnerships with the ‘unlike minded’ as much as the ‘like-minded’ as NGOs partner with a much broader range of organisations,” says Josie Pagani, Director of the Council for International Development (CID), the umbrella organisation for international NGOs.

Snapshot of New Zealand’s international NGO sector:

• $215 million generated to reduce poverty and response to emergencies around the world

• 55% of funding comes from the New Zealand public, 18% from government, 16% from self- generated income (sales of goods and services), and 11% from multilateral organisations

• Revenues from child sponsorship declined for the fifth-consecutive year, while support for emergency appeals increased

• NGO investment balanced across all regions of the world; (Africa (35%), Central Asia and Middle East (12%), South and South East Asia (26%), Americas (7%) and the Pacific (20%).

• NZ agencies are active in over 70 countries (up from 60 last year)

• 50% work with another NGO, and 70% reported at least one partnership with the private sector

• Health and education remain the top priorities, followed by children and youth (an increased focused compared to 2016), decent work and economic development, and humanitarian interventions

• For the first time Fiji is in CID member’s top ten countries, reflecting the continuing need in Fiji post Cyclone Winston and the pressure on Fiji as Pacific communities relocate there as a result of climate change.

Link to the CID Members Survey:


Tearfund sent this email out to subscribers to their Ethical Fashion newsletter. We liked it so much we got permission to republish it on our website: If you’ve ever read ‘Little House on the Prairie’ , you’ll know how minimalistic Christmas shopping was in the Ingalls household. I can still...
Ella Martin is a student studying development at Victoria University. Through 2018 she has been volunteering as an intern with Banzaid, so see some practical examples of how development works. Here she reflects on Banzaid’s Freedom Businesses project with Freeset in Kolkata. Freeset is a freedom...
When Lalpanliana graduated from Tripura Theological College run by Tripura Baptist Christian Union (TBCU) he became pastor of Gangarai Baptist Church. With 850 members it is a huge task for a new minister but he also has responsibility for another 22 churches in his Association. However he also...