8 Nov 2017

CID expects refocus of NZ aid effort

8:22 pm on 8 November 2017

The director of New Zealand's Council for International Development says the country's development sector is hoping for a more balanced approach to aid from the new New Zealand government.

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Under the previous National government, the NZAID organisation was folded into the foreign ministry and spending focused on economic development instead of poverty alleviation.

But during the election campaign, Labour pledged to swing focus back to poverty alleviation.

The director of the council, which is an umbrella group for development NGOs, Josie Pagani said a return would be welcome.

"The indications are this new government will continue to see economic development as a key part of reducing poverty, but there will, I think, be a greater focus on poverty reduction as the over-arching goal and I think that's a good thing."

She said there was no need for another dramatic restructure, instead it was about striving for a balance.

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