The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs has revealed the successful bidders for aid funding under its new International Development Fund Partnerships.
The partnerships throw a portion of the country's aid spending open to business operators for the first time.
Don Wiseman has more:
"Non-government organisations, educational institutions, church groups and government agencies can also apply for the funds. In the first allocation, 17 organisations get just under 13 million US dollars. In the Pacific they include the Youth Cultures and Community Trust which has been funded to set up youth development projects across the Pacific. The University of Auckland is to run a programme called 'Pacific science for health literacy' in the Cook Islands and Tonga. Landcare Research will undertake work on invasive weeds in the Cook Islands while International Needs New Zealand is to run a programme empowering solo mothers in Fiji's squatter settlements. Others receiving money for Pacific projects include the Manukau Institute of Technology, Rotary New Zealand, the Salvation Army, UNICEF and a company called Sandalwood Futures Ltd."