In the Middle East and Asia we focus on sustainable development to improve conditions for peace and prosperity.

What we're supporting

We partner with governments, international, regional, private and non-profit organisations to deliver aid activities.

Priority Country  Activities and outcomes 
Energy
Expand access to affordable, reliable and clean energy
Afghanistan Providing New Zealand technical assistance and training for solar energy development in Bamyan province through Infratec Ltd.
  Occupied Palestinian Territories Providing a New Zealand energy adviser to work with the Office of the Quartet on sustainable energy solutions.
Agriculture
Increase economic and food security benefits from agriculture
Sri Lanka Supporting Sri Lanka’s dairy development in conjunction with FCG ANZDEC, Massey University, and Tearfund NZ.
  Afghanistan Improving incomes and productivity for Bamyan farmers by providing training, technical expertise and equipment through Prime International.
Education
Improve knowledge, skills and basic education
Bhutan, Mongolia, Jordan, Nepal, China Providing twenty three post-graduate scholarships in agriculture, renewable energy, private sector development and disaster risk management. Thirty six scholars are currently studying in New Zealand (including Bangladesh, India and Pakistan Commonwealth Scholarship holders).
  Occupied Palestinian Territory Providing two English language for officials scholarships in New Zealand each year.
Humanitarian
Respond to humanitarian emergencies
Various Contributing to humanitarian responses usually through international agencies working on the ground.
  Iraq and Afghanistan Funding the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Fund for the Stabilisation of Iraq, demining in Afghanistan through the United Nations Mine Action Service, and the Afghan National Security Force through UNDP.

Recent achievements

Priority Country  Achievement 
Energy
Expand access to affordable, reliable and clean energy
Afghanistan Between 2014-2017, we provided affordable, reliable solar electricity to an estimated 27,783 people in Bamyan.
Agriculture
Increase economic and food security benefits from agriculture
Sri Lanka In 2016 2,745 farmers received dairy farming training which resulted in more than 10,000 household members benefiting from increased incomes, consuming and selling/giving away more milk locally and improved local nutrition.  In 2017, we provided dairy extension training to 88 people (44 livestock development instructors and 39 veterinarians).
  Afghanistan  In 2016 1,119 people received training on wheat and potato growing, and 4,500 animals were vaccinated against seasonal diseases.  Women’s beekeeping cooperatives were established with 140 women operating 264 hives, and generating an annual income of 8,626AFN (NZ$185). 
Education
Improve knowledge, skills and basic education
5 countries During 2016, 12 scholars from the Middle East and Asia completed post-graduate studies in New Zealand.
  Nepal Funding to the Hillary Himalayan Trust provides education materials to 65 schools, scholarships to up to 150 students and training for teachers at 33 schools, including English language training for 100 teachers.
Humanitarian
Respond to humanitarian emergencies
Various In 2017 we provided humanitarian support for post-conflict stabilisation and refugee support services in Iraq, Syria and Jordan, as well as flood response funding to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
  Occupied Palestinian Territory In 2017 we completed demining 130,957m² of priority land over four minefields, and handed the land back to civilian Palestinian landowners.