Aid partnership with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Our aid in ASEAN countries is about using New Zealand’s expertise in agriculture, knowledge and skills, governance, and disaster risk management to support sustainable development.

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

The ASEAN programme primarily reaches six South East Asian countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, and Viet Nam.

The programme is moving towards a greater focus on the least developed countries, particularly Myanmar, Cambodia and Lao PDR. Specific activities, for example tertiary scholarships. also encompass Thailand and Malaysia, while non-aid funds support scholarships for Brunei and Singapore.

Our ASEAN programme is guided by:

  • Joint ASEAN-NZ Leaders' Statement on the 40th Anniversary of ASEAN-NZ Dialogue Relations: Advancing our Strategic Partnership towards greater mutual benefit and prosperity
    Kuala Lumpur, 22 November 2015
  • Plan of Action to Implement the Joint Statement for ASEAN-NZ Strategic Partnership 2016
    Kuala Lumpur, 22 November 2015


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