1.1 Project Objectives: The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade commissioned IMC Worldwide to provide technical and research support in response to the need to increase the level of engagement of the private sector in the New Zealand Aid Programme. This support was required to assist the Aid Programme in identifying ways in which it may be able to encourage greater levels of engagement through innovative methods. The research was in two phases. In Phase 1, the key research question was: “Should the New Zealand Aid Programme form, and/or help partners to form, PPPs? If so, under what circumstances?” In Phase 2, the key research question was: “How and under what circumstances should the Aid Programme engage in PPPs?”
1.2 Research Approach: The research summarised in this report was completed via a mix of internet research, key stakeholder interviews, development of case studies, and discussions with other donor organisations. The emphasis of the research was to understand the perspectives of a range of groups, particularly with respect to the application of the principles of PPPs within the context of the New Zealand Aid Programme. Whilst the research covers all aspects of the Aid Programme, the conclusions are focussed on the Pacific Island countries, as these are the focus of much of the programme, and are where New Zealand is seen as having a competitive advantage over other donors.
1.3 This Report: This report analyses the central findings of the studies undertaken, providing a summary of the key conclusions and options for MFAT to increase the involvement of the private sector in the delivery of the Aid Programme.