Our aid in Africa matches the development challenges faced by this continent with the strengths New Zealand has to offer, particularly in agriculture and geothermal energy.

Image showing total aid for Africa 2013/4

Total aid to Africa is made up of programme funding for country-specific activities, as well as other funding which can include scholarships, regional initiatives, activities supported through the Partnerships Fund, and humanitarian response.

What we're supporting

In Africa we partner with African governments, the private and non-profit sectors and international agencies to deliver aid activities. 

Priority Country Activities and outcomes

Energy 
Expand access to affordable, reliable and clean energy

Comoros

Providing funding and technical assistance to the Comoros Government for geothermal power exploration.

Agriculture 
Increase economic and food security benefits from agriculture

Rwanda and Ethiopia Working with the Clinton Health Access Initiative to reduce malnutrition and help farmers to improve production methods and post-harvest systems, and to increase their incomes.
Kenya 

Improving avocado production by partnering New Zealand businesses and scientists with the local industry. We aim to improve the incomes of 2,000 avocado farmers by 94% by 2023.

Botswana

Providing vocational training and extension services in Botswana’s beef sector. New Zealand experts are training herdsman, farmers and extension officers, and providing on-the-job coaching to the newly trained extension officers - this activity will reach 8,640 cattle farmers. 

Education 
Improve knowledge, skills and basic education

 
26 French or Portuguese speaking countries English language training for African officials. We’re funding short-term English language courses in New Zealand so officials are better able to represent their countries at international forums.
28 countries 82 African students are currently studying in New Zealand on aid programme scholarships. Scholarships available to African citizens are at post-graduate level and priority is given to study in agriculture and renewable energy.
Humanitarian
Respond to humanitarian emergencies
  New Zealand contributes to humanitarian responses in Africa, usually through agencies working on the ground. 

Find out more about the aid programme activities in Africa [PDF, 314 KB]

Recent achievements

Priority Country    Achievement

Energy 
Expand access to affordable, reliable and clean energy

Comoros  Supported the Government of Comoros in its successful application to the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility for surface exploration co-funding, and managed the implementation of this work. Surface exploration will help Comoros to find out whether it has a viable geothermal resource to meet its electricity requirements.
Agriculture 
Increase economic and food security benefits from agriculture 
Rwanda In 2014, more than 12,000 farmers (5,000 women, 7,000 men) received training on improved agricultural techniques; entered into contracts with international buyers and were linked with lending institutions.
South Africa From 2011-2014, 1,178 shearers received training to improve their shearing and wool handling. This has contributed to a 34% increase in the wool price per kilogram, helping to improve incomes among sheep farmers.

Education 
Improve knowledge, skills and basic education 

25 countries  58 African foreign affairs officials from 25 countries participated in English language training courses in New Zealand.
28 countries During 2014, 20 African scholars completed their studies in New Zealand.

Humanitarian 
Respond to humanitarian emergencies

Various New Zealand has responded to major humanitarian crises in South Sudan and Central Africa Republic, and to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.