by Jan Logie
It would seem this Government thinks so.
|This week the Government announced the newly appointed International Development Advisory and Selection Panel
Mr McCully established this $21 million fund to redirect aid towards sustainable economic development to replace the previous system which was founded on much much broader development principles. These changes are in danger of being perceived as furthering NZ’s political and economic goals instead of meeting the needs of Pacific communities.
Under the old system, the allocation committee was made up of NGO and NZAid representatives and had an independent chair.
While Labour has pointed out the bumping of John Hayes from the committee and the addition of Gill Greer is an improvement, the composition and purpose of this panel is still highly questionable, and the changes are probably more a result symptom of the Government having to pull back from its excesses rather than any indication they’ve been up-skilling their development thinking.
While I absolutely respect the work Gill Greer has done in new Zealand and internationally I’m really not confident that a lawyer, agri-businessman, investment banker, and event manager will compliment her knowledge base.