Essay on The On Foreign Aid : The Amount Of Money New Zealand

1331 Words Jun 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
Critical Awareness Essay
Passage 1: Overseas Aid

The amount of money New Zealand spends on foreign aid is lagging behind other countries. The total percentage of gross national income (GNI) spent on Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) is around 0.30 and has remained between 0.25 and 0.35 over the last ten years. New Zealand’s contributing to ODA puts it at 13th out of 34 OECD countries and New Zealand is the 20th largest donor by volume (OECD, 2015). Britain in 2015, enshrined into law the target of maintaining a 0.7% GNI as the ODA spend annually, and this target has become the new international standard. The New Zealand government has committed an additional 200 million over three years from 2015/16. Therefore, as it stands, compared to other OECD nations, New Zealanders are seemingly less generous and the conclusion New Zealand spends too much taxpayer money on ODA is weak.
The idea that aid is misused and abused by recipient governments has become far less an issue as processes, checks and balances have been introduced and constantly reviewed to target the best use of aid. The New Zealand Aid Programme Triennium Report 2012-15 states: “It [New Zealand Aid Report] reports a selection of results that can be measured and aggregated in spite of the diverse contexts in which they are produced. Our management for results approach enables us to show the links between our activities and strategic goals. We continue to develop and refine our monitoring system so that we can…

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