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The Council for International Development (CID) is the member body for New Zealand development organisations. CID conducts an annual survey of members around issues like how many employees we have, where we work, and what our funding sources are. This year’s report was published in July. Here is a summary of the key issues for our Banzaid readers.


  • CID organisations get 57% of income from public donations (same as previous year, although multiyear trend is declining); 21% from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) or other government funding sources; 11% from Multilateral organisations (UN or other international sources); and 11% from sales, services and investments.

  • Child sponsorship has been declining at about 8% per year for those organisations who use it as a funding source. There are also an increasing number of organisations that do not do child sponsorship. However across all CID members child sponsorship is still the biggest single source of donation funding at 37%.

  • Other than child sponsorship, 28% of public donations are in regular committed giving; 18% in one-off donations, and 4% in emergency appeals.

  • Development NGOs don’t get much in bequest funding (only 6% of donation funding). Funding from Foundations and large corporates is also 6%.

  • New Zealand is recognised as the third most charitable country in the world, with 68% of kiwis giving to charities regularly.

  • With crowdfunding and other direct funding campaigns are on the rise globally, research indicates that up to 16% of people giving to crowdfunding campaigns gave less to NGOs and charities as a result.


Localisation is a current buzz word in development. It means that international organisations are increasingly partnering with local organisations who do the work on the ground. As New Zealand Baptists we began doing it many years ago, when we handed over much of our institutional schools and medical work to the Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship (BBCF) in Bangladesh! The Banzaid TCDC and Village Education Projects were specifically established as projects of Baptist Aid-BBCF which they manage with our support. It is also the way that we worked in PNG. It does not apply to our partnership with Freeset for the Murshidabad Freedom Businesses operations, or to some of our other programmes.

The report notes that 80% of organisations now working in the Pacific are working with a Pacific partner.

What sort of projects are being done:



Where the Money is Spent

In line with the government’s Pacific Reset Policy, development organisations have increased their activity in the Pacific region. The country with the biggest amount of aid funding was South Sudan, with the humanitarian crisis there. Vanuatu also featured high on the list because of the issues around the Ambae volcanic eruption, and the evacuation of people from the region. Increases in South East Asia reflect the needs of the least developed countries in the region, including Myanmar, Cambodia and Timor Leste.2


Download the full report from the CID website


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