New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Murray McCully hopes to see more of the country’s aid delivered through partnerships with non-governmental organizations.
During a speech on Tuesday (April 5) at the New Zealand Institute for International Affairs, McCully noted the high costs of administering the country’s aid budget of 500 million New Zealand dollars ($384 million), The New Zealand Herald reports. He further revealed that the government is developing a model that will facilitate greater participation of New Zealanders in the government’s development initiatives.
The proposal for a new aid delivery approach is the latest effort to reform New Zealand’s development cooperation program. In 2009, the management of the country’s development assistance was reintegrated into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, a move that drew praise in a peer review of aid policies by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee last year.
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