29 Jan 2013

NZ to name contestable aid fund applicants soon

7:09 pm on 29 January 2013

The New Zealand foreign ministry says it will shortly name the applicants which succeeded to secure contestable funds under the government's new aid delivery policy.

The ministry says it is awaiting the receipt of final paperwork from some of the 17 organisations applying to the so-called New Zealand Partnerships for International Development Fund.

It says 12 are NGO-led, four are state sector-led and one is from the private sector, with about 60 percent of projects planned for the Pacific.

It says 12.7 million US dollars has been allocated, which is about half the sum set aside for the year and is in line with the ministry's expectation.

A second funding round is planned this financial year, but no date has been set.