13 Aug 2018

Aid map aims to improve transparency, dispel myths

From , 5:02 am on 13 August 2018

A new database from Australian think tank the Lowy Institute aims to improve the transparency of aid in the Pacific and hold donors and recipient countries to account.

Last week the Institute released its Pacific Aid Map, which covers close to 13,000 aid projects from 62 countries.

The director of Lowy's Pacific Islands Program, Jonathan Pryke, says he hopes the research will dispel some of the myths around China's aid being overly dominant in the region.

But he told Mackenzie Smith it has a broader utility for the Pacific as well.

The NZ Defence Force delivered 800 shelter kits, 800 tarpaulins, 200 mother-and-baby kits and five generators.

Photo: RNZ Pacific / Koroi Hawkins