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December 2019: MFAT and World Vision in Solomon Islands
The MFAT Partnerships team was fortunate to join World Vision NZ recently in the Solomon Islands. We participated in the Negotiated Partnership programme design workshop, sharing views on supporting communities in remote regions to realise economic and social benefits. We discussed the benefits of adaptive management and what that means for on-the-ground staff. We welcome engaging with our partners on the ground, and seeking to live-up to our organisational value of manaakitanga – respect.
October 2019: MFAT - NGO Hui
On 22 October 2019, around 120 participants attended the Annual Manatū Aorere/MFAT NGO Hui at the Tiakiwai Conference Centre in the National Library. Under the theme of "Partnerships", the hui focused on engaging meaningfully with the domestic international development NGO sector to advance New Zealand Aid Programme priorities. MFAT's Chief Executive Chris Seed reflected in his opening sppech on the way in which MFAT's values and the Pacific Reset principles influence the way we work. A copy of his speech is available here [DOCX, 37 KB]. He spoke too about MFAT's Partnering for Impact programme, which seeks to better leverage the relationships, resources, and technical expertise available within MFAT and NZ.
The hui was attended by Hon Jenny Salesa, Minister of Building and Construction, Ethnic Communities and Customs, who delivered the keynote address. Minister Salesa focused in her comments on her personal experience in creating synergies between the Government's domestic and international efforts to partner with and uplift Pacific peoples.
A panel of PDG senior leaders also took to the stage to outline key programme priorities in their respective areas, including opportunities for NGOs to work with MFAT.
In line with feedback from NGO partners ahead of the hui, the day also included a wānanga on Effective Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning for Better Development Outcomes.
We were very happy with the hui, and have also received positive feedback from the development sector. Thank you to everyone who made this a special and successful hui.