About the Collective Resilience Plan

The Collective Resilience Plan is a roadmap for building a strong global community through New Zealand’s overseas aid and climate action.
In May 2021, the government will announce a new three-year funding cycle for overseas aid climate action. Within that, the Collective Resilience Plan calls for:

·      a 20% boost to the overseas aid budget

o   focusing aid spending on healthcare, social protection and resilience

o   including a budget line for upfront, multi-year humanitarian funding for the world’s worst protracted crises.

·       a doubling of finance for climate action overseas

o   sourced from new and additional funds in order to get us closer to delivering our fair share of support for our Pacific neighbours and other frontline countries tackling climate change, including our Pacific neighbours

o   a commitment for at least 50% to be spent on adaptation measures.

·       a timeline for getting overall international development spending to 0.7% of New Zealand’s gross national income by 2030

Frequently asked questions

The coronavirus is accelerating its attack on humanity across the world. Without action there is the potential for up to 40 million people to die – that's the population of New Zealand eight times over.


Decades of progress to end global poverty and discrimination are being unravelled. The United Nations University estimates that as many as half a billion more people could fall back into poverty because of the coronavirus pandemic and the economic recession it has caused.


Before the coronavirus hit, the climate crisis was already harming people. If we’re unable to keep global heating below 1.5°C, poverty and discrimination will expand further. Right now, over 2 billion people do not have enough food each day to meet their nutrition needs. This will only get worse.

All of us. The problems that confront our world today are bigger than any one person or community or country. The coronavirus, economic recession and climate breakdown are problems that impact on us all, wherever we are.  


However, it is the people who already endure the indignity of poverty and discrimination who are being hurt the most. Over 700 million people live on less than US$1.90 a day – the official global extreme poverty line. Millions more live on less than US$5 a day. These are the mums and dads who cannot get their sick children to a doctor or nurse, and who do not get sick pay or wage subsidies during lockdowns.


To solve these problems, we need every single person on the planet to be able to offer their unique contribution. And that means every person needs to get decent health care to survive the coronavirus and other illnesses, an education so they can gain skills and knowledge, and support when things go wrong and they can’t work to pay the bills.  

New Zealand’s aid and climate finance helps to build a thriving global community. In places where poverty and discrimination lock down people’s potential, our support opens critical pathways towards people’s well-being, allowing them to offer their unique contribution to the world. In times of need, New Zealand’s aid and climate finance nurtures buoyant communities across the world, supporting our neighbours to adapt in the face of adversity and join with others to solve the problems affecting us all.


New Zealand’s overseas aid and climate action includes support for

  • strong healthcare systems that can get us all through global pandemics
  • social safety nets, in places without them, for when people lose their income
  • renewable energy and adaptive farming on the frontlines of the climate crisis
  • humanitarian support for when disaster strikes. 

To get through the coronavirus pandemic and economic recession, the United Nations has called for a US$2.5 trillion emergency package to assist developing countries, including shoring up failing health systems and providing social protection measures worth US$500bn – a quarter of the last decade’s missing Offical development assistance (ODA). This would be the equivalent of all developed countries giving 0.7% of their GNI as ODA – something they have pledged for decades but only a handful have achieved. Oxfam calculates New Zealand’s fair share of this amount as $3 billion.


On top of this, at least $157 billion a year is needed for climate finance.

In response to our earlier call for immediate humanitarian funding to stop the coronavirus the government pledged $7 million to help people living in refugee camps and war zones. The government also gave $7 million to support vaccines, including for the coronavirus vaccine. $50 million was allocated to several Pacific Island Countries, to help them prepare for the pandemic and economic challenges.  


None of this was new money. It doesn’t make sense to take money from ongoing work to build functioning health systems, to provide emergency support to stop the coronavirus. We must do both. New Zealand can do more. 

Like most wealthy governments, in the 1970s New Zealand committed to provide 0.7% of its Gross National Income to overseas aid. But New Zealand has never come close to reaching this target.


We are currently providing 0.3% of GNI in overseas aid. New Zealand allocates its aid budget in three-year blocks. From 2018 to 2021 New Zealand’s aid allocation is $2.2 billion dollars. This year, aid is about $870 million, which is less than one dollar for every one hundred dollars our government spends.

While our collective voice and action is moving successive governments in the right direction, New Zealand is still at the back of the pack in terms of its contribution to stopping poverty and discrimination.  Now is our opportunity to deliver on past promises. 


New Zealand Global Aid


OECD DAC Donors Aid as a Percent of GNI, 2018 

Source: Data extracted on 02 Mar 2020 00:26 UTC (GMT) from OECD.Stat: https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?datasetcode=TABLE1

Along with other wealthy countries, New Zealand is obligated under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to provide support to help countries that are poor to reduce emissions and adapt to global heating (called climate finance). New Zealand has committed to helping mobilise a total $151 billion a year of climate finance under the Paris Agreement. Oxfam estimates New Zealand’s fair share of this to be between $423 million and $797 million per year.
In 2018, New Zealand gave $63.7 million in ‘climate-specific’ finance. Or using the government’s definition of ‘climate-related finance’, New Zealand gave $150 million in 2018.

New Zealand was ranked 19th out of 23 OECD countries for its climate finance contributions, at $11 dollars per person provided in 2016. Only Canada, Italy, Portugal and Greece contribute less per person. The highest per capita contributions come from Luxembourg, with $363 per person and Germany with $169 per person. New Zealand is not a generous climate finance donor. That’s why we’re asking for $500 million in new and additional funding for global climate action over the next three years (2021-24).


Climate Finance


What we’re asking for is a combined $1 billion extra over three years, or approximately $333 million a year. To put this into perspective, this is less than 40 cents for every 100 dollars the government spends a year – or about 0.40%. By comparison, the government announced a $50 billion COVID-19 Response and Recovery Funding (CRRF) focused on the domestic response to coronavirus in its 2020 Budget.


It can feel hard to believe, but New Zealand is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. We can afford to share our resources with people in countries that aren’t as well-off as New Zealand. It is a question of priorities. We have enough resources to address our social and environmental problems in New Zealand, while also helping people locked in poverty and discrimination in countries that are poor. What we need to do is share our resources better to make sure all families have safe water to drink, a warm home to live in, and enough nutritious food each day. 

About the Big Hearts, Connected World campaign

The Big Hearts, Connected World campaign is coordinated by Oxfam New Zealand, working closely with World Vision, Christian World Service and The Anglican Diocese of Wellington. 

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