New Zealand's development assistance

Our geographic focus is the Pacific. This is New Zealand's neighbourhood, and is where we have a strong foundation of partnerships, cultural and historical links, and knowledge. 

We also provide support to Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. We seek to apply New Zealand's areas of knowledge and expertise in targeted support in these regions.

 

We also support development efforts worldwide through our support for multilateral, regional and non-government organisations.

New Zealand's aid expenditure in relation to national income

The Official Development Assistance (ODA) that New Zealand provides to developing countries each year is reported internationally and monitored by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). This monitoring includes international comparison of New Zealand’s ODA expenditure as a proportion of our Gross National Income (GNI) and relative to the United Nations target for developed country ODA of 0.7% GNI.

ODA includes both expenditure controlled directly by the New Zealand Aid Programme and expenditure made by other government departments which falls within the OECD definition of ODA such as some contributions to multilateral organisations made by various government departments and humanitarian activities undertaken by the Ministry of Defence.

New Zealand’s ODA has increased in dollar terms over the period since 2011 but due to growth in the New Zealand economy, the ODA:GNI ratio has fallen from 0.28% in 2011 to 0.23% in 2017.

NZ ODA and ODA/GNI 2011-17
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
NZ ODA $m 537.14 554.60 558.06 605.65 633.54 641.90 613.64
ODA-GNI % 0.28 0.28 0.26 0.27 0.27 0.25 0.23

Find out more about ODA around the world on the OECD website (external link)