In June 2005, the Official Development Assistance (ODA) Contestable Fund was established by NZAID. The purpose of the fund was to enable New Zealand (NZ) government agencies access to funds to work in partnership with their in-country counterparts in their areas of expertise. In 2007, the fund was renamed the Government Agencies Fund (GAF). The purpose and guidelines for the fund were redeveloped to focus more on achieving development outcomes.
The purpose of the review was threefold, specifically to examine whether:
1. The GAF remains in line with its original mandate and objectives
2. Systems and processes to manage the fund are effective, relevant and appropriate
3. The GAF is the most appropriate mechanism for NZ government agencies engaging in delivery of ODA and for meeting New Zealand Whole of Government (WhoG) objectives, while contributing to development outcomes.