In September 2004, the New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID) released its Asia Strategy to provide a framework for New Zealand’s Official Development Assistance (NZ ODA) in Asia (2004 - 2015).
At that time NZAID was a newly established semi-autonomous body, with a range of existing programmes spread across Asia, and a mission of eliminating poverty through development partnerships in developing countries. At the time of its development, it was envisaged that there would be a Mid-term Review (MTR) of the ten year Strategy. Given the changes in the region, in the international development agenda, and in New Zealand since 2004, NZAID commissioned this MTR of the Strategy in late 2009.
The objectives of this MTR are to consider the extent to which the Strategy has remained relevant and appropriate; how effective or useful the Strategy had been in guiding NZ ODA; and the efficiency of the Strategy in terms of the balance of programmes, management and resourcing, and facilitation of coordination and linkages.