Manaaki is a NZ $5 million fund for NZ NGOs working with in-country partners to support the most vulnerable and marginalised.

Information on Manaaki

Manaaki is the New Zealand Aid Programme’s streamlined contestable fund, which was launched in late March 2019 for registered New Zealand non-governmental organisations (NZ NGOs) seeking co-investment for smaller scale development activities.

The name Manaaki reflects the fund’s focus on “uplifting mana through listening to, supporting and empowering” vulnerable, marginalised and hard to reach communities.

Manaaki currently has one funding round each year, with approved activities receiving MFAT co-investment of between NZ$100,000 and NZ$1 million. Up to NZ$5 million of MFAT co-investment is available per annum. Applications must target priority developing countries that reach the most vulnerable and marginalised, and demonstrate how proposed activities will deliver impact that aligns with, or complements, New Zealand Aid Programme priorities.

Applications for round closed in May. Applications for Manaaki round two will open early 2020.

Manaaki Round One: Outcome

The first round of Manaaki resulted in nine applications, requesting just over $5million. We were impressed with calibre of the concept notes received.

External assessors appraised the concept notes against four key criteria: the relevance and effectiveness of the strategic investment, local engagement, management feasibility and value for money. Consideration was also given to the alignment of concepts with New Zealand Aid Programme priorities.

Concept notes were then shared with relevant MFAT bilateral teams, sectoral/ thematic teams, posts and the Partnerships Team for consultation and feedback. The concept notes recommended for funding (conditional on meeting due diligence requirements), were then presented to the internal Partnerships and Civil Society Governance Group for approval. 

Five NZNGOs were successful in securing funding under round one of Manaaki. All of the activities focus on the Pacific (Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Vanuatu), with a portfolio spanning education for children and people living with disabilities, health, disaster risk resilience, water, sanitation and hygiene, and human rights. More information on the successful applicants’ activities can be found HERE [PDF, 165 KB]. The successful applicants will be invited to attend a design workshop to be hosted in September (date to be confirmed).  

Manaaki Round Two: Next steps

The Partnerships Team is committed to learning and adapting throughout the pilot phase of Manaaki to ensure the fund is as impactful as possible. We will be reviewing the guidelines, criteria and templates ahead of round two, which will open for applications early in 2020. 

Revisions will take into account lessons learned from round one, feedback from the NZ NGO sector and an assessment of how the fund’s efficiency and effectiveness can be improved.

We will formally seek feedback soon.  If you have any feedback you would like to contribute ahead of then, please send this to

Please find below the current Manaaki Outcome Round One information, Manaaki Guidelines, Application Form and Assessment Framework, and the Partnering for Impact Frequently Asked Questions. Please note these will be reviewed and will likely be revised prior to round two.

Manaaki Outcome Round One August 2019

Partnering for Impact Frequently Asked Questions August 2019 [PDF, 634 KB]

Manaaki Guidelines [PDF, 1 MB]

Manaaki Application Form [DOCX, 1 MB]

Manaaki Assessment Framework [PDF, 464 KB]

If you have any issues accessing the application links, please contact