New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia

Development cooperation

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade manages the New Zealand Aid Programme and provides policy advice to the New Zealand Government on international development issues.

The New Zealand Aid Programme’s mission is to support sustainable development in developing countries in order to reduce poverty and to contribute to a more secure, equitable, and prosperous world. Over time this approach will allow developing countries to fund their own social services (for example health and education services) and further development activities.

New Zealand's development assistance is focused on the Pacific region, but also supports programmes in Asia, southern Africa and Latin America. New Zealand also works with multilateral agencies to address poverty, conflict, governance issues, and humanitarian crises worldwide.

New Zealand is committed to providing effective aid, as agreed by the international community. This includes support for the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action

For more information visit the New Zealand Aid Programme website

The New Zealand Aid Programme is the vehicle by which the New Zealand Government's official development assistance (ODA) programs are implemented. Its main aim is:

  • Sustainable growth and economic development through improved governance for a peaceful, just and prosperous Indonesia’.

In Indonesia, the New Zealand Aid Programme currently focuses on three integrated priority areas: (i) Sustainable growth and development - to promote broad based economic growth to strengthen resilience and improve well-being; (ii) Human resource development - Investing in people through education, training and skills development for improved service end delivery, and (iii) Stability in growth - To build peace and stability in communities.

The New Zealand Aid Programme prioritises the eastern islands of Indonesia in particular with its aid programmes.

Indonesia receives New Zealand's largest bilateral aid allocation in the Asian region. The figure for the bilateral program extended to Indonesia, which reaches NZ$14 million for 2010, will increase to around NZ$20 million within the next two years.

Kirk Yates, New Zealand Aid Programme's manager in Jakarta explains New Zealand works closely with the Indonesian Government to ensure its programmes are aligned with national and local government development priorities and strategies as well as to other key donor programmes.

At present the New Zealand Aid Programme has around 28 programmes and activities including, under the Human Resource Development focus, a joint UNESCO and UNICEF project called Creating Learning Communities for Children in collaboration with the Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Religious Affairs. This has proved critically important in raising the quality of primary education and in creating child-friendly learning environments at the school and community level. An increase in school achievement levels with schools involved in this programme has been the result. The Ministry of Education now wantsto implement the programme to 90% of primary schools in Indonesia by 2014.
Study awards for young and bright Indonesians through New Zealand Development Scholarships are also available under the New Zealand Aid Programme’s Human Resources Development focus. The scholarships are available for post graduate study, with priority given to candidates from the eastern part of Indonesia.

To support economic development and good governance initiatives, New Zealand has contributed to a program in Papua and West Papua provinces called the People-Centered Development Program. This UNDP-led program aims to assist local level governments and civil society to implement community based public works and local infrastructure, and through this improve their access to government and non-government services in Papua.

New Zealand has also been involved in providing assistance following natural disasters in Aceh, Nias, Yogyakarta and most recently West Sumatra.

We provided NZ$1.3 following the Padang earthquake in September 2009 targeted at front-line emergency relief supplies and assistance through two agencies operating on the ground in Padang: a New Zealand NGO, SurfAid International and the Indonesia Red Cross (via the Federation of Red Cross).

We went on to support UNDP with technical support in structural engineering for building assessment. New Zealand, which is no stranger to natural disasters, has realized that there is a need for society as a whole to focus on the ability to manage and minimize the impact of disastrous events,” said Yates.

In the field of promoting peace and security at community level, the New Zealand Police were funded through a New Zealand Aid Programme to support community policing and conflict prevention workshops in Papua and Maluku. The Indonesian National Police were also involved in the workshops and similar community policing programmes have also been carried out in Aceh and Java. 

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