Category Archives: New Zealand aid issues

The word on the street

I got stopped by some joker with a clipboard the other day, who asked if I wanted to become “a project partner” with the NGO he worked for. “Sure,” I said, and taking him at his literal word, began listing … Continue reading

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Development experts: The shocking truth revealed!

Anyone following current debates about our aid programme should remember the following rule of thumb for interpreting political discourse: once politicians and their ideological fellow travellers start attacking people who can’t fight back, it is a sure sign that they’ve … Continue reading

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Moral muddles and aiding the banks

Moral hazard sounds like the sort of thing a politician ought to worry about. And it is, although not in the way you might imagine. While the name ‘moral hazard’ suggests theology, it’s actually an insurance industry term used to … Continue reading

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Show me the money

One of the criticisms of the government’s ditching of the KOHA fund for the new Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) revolved around the lack of transparency around the processes involved and the lack of information given about successful bids, etc. Peter … Continue reading

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The Relevance of New Zealand

On the face of it, the development sector in Aotearoa New Zealand seems to have little to offer the world. We are small, distant and, for the most part, fiscally irrelevant. And kind of stupid – what other country celebrates … Continue reading

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