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OECD Development Co‑operation Peer Reviews: New Zealand 2023

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The OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts peer reviews of individual members once every five to six years. Reviews seek to improve the quality and effectiveness of members’ development co-operation, highlighting good practices and recommending improvements. New Zealand is a valued partner in the Pacific where most of its official development assistance (ODA) is delivered. Led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, its commitment to national and regional ownership, efforts to draw on indigenous knowledge and values, and scaled-up climate finance commitments attest to New Zealand’s engagement and relevance. This peer review provides recommendations for New Zealand to make the most of the closer integration of foreign and development policy in the Pacific, reinforce human resources, enable efficient and effective decision making, strengthen transparency, build public understanding of development, foster the linkages between climate-related investments and other priorities, and establish a plan for increasing ODA to deliver on New Zealand’s strategic goals.

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Findings and recommendations

This report presents the findings and recommendations of the 2023 peer review of New Zealand’s development co-operation. In accordance with the 2021 peer review methodology, the report focuses on select areas that were identified in consultation with the New Zealand government and its partners. After an overview of the current economic and political context, the report analyses New Zealand’s development co-operation in four areas: the extent to which the co-operation system is fit-for-purpose; how New Zealand ensures quality and results; New Zealand’s approach to partner-led development and empowering local stakeholders; and the opportunities and challenges associated with substantially scaled-up climate finance. For each of these areas, the report identifies the elements enabling achievements, and opportunities and risks that lie ahead.

English Also available in: French

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