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

 

Total aid to ASEAN 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.

The ASEAN programme reaches six South East Asian countries - Cambodia, Lao, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, and Viet Nam. The programme is moving towards a greater focus on the least developed countries, particularly Myanmar, Cambodia and Lao.  

Our development programme in ASEAN is guided by:

What we're supporting

We're working closely with ASEAN and individual country governments and agencies on many aid activities in the region.

Priority Country Activities and outcomes

Agriculture 
Increase economic and food security benefits from agriculture

Philippines

Improving cow nutrition and milk production through a dairy partnership with the Philippines National Dairy Authority. The five year $5 million project is expected to increase incomes and employment for approximately 2,500 dairy farmers.

Assisting recovery and improving resilience in agriculture, fisheries and forestry in regions vulnerable to extreme weather. We’re working in partnership with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on this four year $3.4 million project.

Viet Nam

Developing new high-value dragon fruit varieties, including the most efficient ways to produce, pack and sell the fruit. This is a five year $5.7 million project in partnership with Vietnamese agricultural institutes. 

Cambodia

Increasing farmer’s incomes by creating and strengthening high value, horticultural cash crops. The five year $6 million project aims to develop niche crops, improve access to technology, facilitate private sector microfinance partnerships, and in turn, improve food security. 

Resilience 
Strengthen resilience

 

 

 

Viet Nam

Building resilience to disasters and climate change in Southern Vietnam through improving disaster risk management and water sanitation and hygiene, and finding ways to adapt livelihoods when affected by a variable climate.

All ASEAN Improving the way natural disasters are managed within and across borders by providing technical support to the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Centre in Jakarta. This will include training visits to New Zealand by up to 75 young ASEAN disaster management officials hosted by the University of Canterbury.
Philippines Improving the response capacity of the Philippines Red Cross through strengthening warehouses and improved logistics management. This will mean 26,000 vulnerable houses will receive more help faster, when disaster strikes. 

Find out more about New Zealand Aid Programme activities in ASEAN countries.

Recent achievements

Priority Country Activities and outcomes

Agriculture 
Increase economic and food security benefits from agriculture

Philippines

Restored agriculture and fisheries based livelihoods for 21,600 households in the conflict-affected Maguindanao Province. Over the three years to 2014, incomes of rice farmers increased by 28%, duck raisers by 133% and vegetable growers’ yields increased by 28% and income by 500%.

Viet Nam

Helped Viet Nam to grow exports of dragon fruit. This was achieved through improving disease management, developing new varieties, and training technical staff and farmers. In 2014/15 we provided training in breeding, production or marketing for more than 50 horticulture institute employees and 1,000 farmers. 

Laos

Contributed to clearing land of unexploded weapons (eg cluster bombs and land mines) through supporting the Lao National Unexploded Ordinance Programme. More than 3,000 hectares was released in 2014 allowing nearly a million people to live on and use the formerly contaminated land. 

Resilience
Strengthen resilience

 

 

 

Viet Nam

Facilitated training in Community Based Disaster Risk Management for 389 provincial, district, and commune officials and leaders of hamlets. Provided 15 communes with Early Warning Systems, and 1,077 households with secure access to clean water.

All ASEAN Trained 50 ASEAN disaster management officials at the University of Canterbury’s Risk, Resilience and Renewal Centre in disaster risk management and response.

Education 
Improve knowledge, skills and basic education

 
All ASEAN

Provided English language training to more than 1,220 officials since 1991. 

Provided training aimed at increasing cross-border agricultural trade and investment, and developing small and medium sized enterprises in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam. This involved courses in small business policy, good agricultural practice, and free trade agreements. Agricultural training and workshops were attended by 406 people.