23 Dec 2016

Big business plays increasing role in Pacific aid delivery

From , 4:02 pm on 23 December 2016

The way aid is being delivered in developing countries is changing, with donor nations taking more a back seat to large multinational companies.

Earlier this year the United Nations Development Programme praised the role of foreign businesses in the response to the Papua New Guinea's severe drought.

Meanwhile the aid programmes of New Zealand and Australia have moved away from their previous emphasis on poverty alleviation.

One local NGO that had relied on aid from Australia and New Zealand is Appropriate Technology which is involved in myriad areas including in improving water and sanitation services for remote communities.

Don Wiseman asked AT's Steve Layton if the loss of this government aid had hurt them.