New Zealand Embassy Manila, The Philippines

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

New Zealand’s aid to the Philippines

New Zealand Aid Programme activities in the Philippines are based on the overall aid programme mandate and the specific development challenges in the Philippines.  New Zealand’s development support for the Philippines for 2012/13 is NZ$4 million.

New Zealand’s aid activities in the Philippines are guided by New Zealand’s international development policy statement.  There is a particular focus on complementing ASEAN’s community-building goals through the agreed flagship areas of scholarships, agriculture, disaster risk management, and fostering young business leaders.

Current activities include:

Philippines New Zealand Dairy Project: Development of a profitable, equitable and sustainable dairy industry in the Calabarzon and Northern Mindanao regions of the Philippines.

Strengthening Response Capacity of the Philippine Red Cross: Pre-positioning of 28,000 non-food-item family kits as well as upgrading warehouses and training staff in logistics and warehouse management.

Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation: Supporting the UNDP to integrate disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into local development planning and decision-making processes, by undertaking the necessary vulnerability and adaptation assessments and the production of multi hazard/risk maps at the provincial level.

Restoring Agricultural Livelihoods in Conflict-affected Areas: Supporting the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) in restoring agricultural-based livelihoods of internally-displaced people in Maguindanao province.

Restoring Agricultural Livelihoods in Typhoon-affected Areas: Supporting the FAO to assist Typhoon Haiyan-affected coconut farmers in Leyte province through coconut intercropping and integration of poultry and livestock.

Project ReBUILD: Resilience capacity building for cities and municipalities to reduce disaster risks from climate change and natural hazards. Production of community based and managed early warning systems and the formulation of risk-based regulatory and development planning guidelines. See

Camiguin Coastal Resource Management Project: Strengthening national and local government capacity to manage coastal resources, and developing capacity in sustainable coastal and marine economic enterprises. See

FASTRAC: Technical assistance programme managed by World Bank and UNDP that will assist the MILF and the Government of the Philippines in building capacity to address key issues for the Bangsamoro by providing on-demand access to a pool of experts, training, policy advice, research and international exchanges.

Mindanao Trust Fund: A multi-donor funded community based development program that assists in the social and economic recovery of conflicted affected communities in Mindanao.

New Zealand-ASEAN Scholars Awards: A regional scholarships initiative providing post-graduate study awards in agreed sector interests.

Young Business Leader Initiative: Consolidation and expansion of the ASEAN-NZ business relationship through a series of tailored visitor/study programmes catering to the differing needs of ASEAN participants.

Sustainable Development Fund (SDF)/Partnership Fund: Additional funding is provided to the –
Christian Blind Mission: Education and skills training to deaf people in Bohol and Leyte
• Adventist Development and relief Agency (ADRA): Rice production improvement with disaster risk reduction integration to enhance community resilience in Mercedes, Camarines Norte
HOPE NZ: Improvement of agricultural production and sustainable water source development for indigenous peoples in remote communities

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