The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) commissioned Adam Smith International to conduct an independent evaluation of its country programmes in the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau. The evaluation assessed the quality of New Zealand’s aid delivery, the results of its programme of assistance, and suggested ways New Zealand could better support the above countries.
The Key Evaluation Question is:
“How, and to what extent, has New Zealand’s development cooperation contributed to sustainable economic and human development in the target countries (Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau) and what lessons can be learnt from this to improve country programme assistance in the future?”
Three Secondary Evaluation Questions (SEQs) were developed to explore the issues raised in the Key Evaluation Question further:
1. To what extent is New Zealand’s aid delivery to the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau of a high quality?
2. What are the results of New Zealand’s country programme in the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau and how sustainable are these results?
3. How can New Zealand better meet its obligations to the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau?