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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:


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