Our development activities in Africa focus on areas that African developing country partners have prioritised and where New Zealand’s expertise is most valued, such as geothermal energy, agriculture, and knowledge and skills.

 

 Total aid to Africa comprises programme funding for country-specific activities, as well as other funding which can include scholarships, regional initiatives, Partnerships Fund supported activities, and humanitarian response.

What we're supporting

We partner with African governments, international, regional, private and non-profit organisations to deliver aid activities.

Priority Country Activities and outcomes

Energy
Expand access to affordable, reliable and clean energy

East Africa

 

Providing New Zealand technical assistance and training for geothermal energy development in East Africa in partnership with the African Union.

Agriculture 
Increase economic and food security benefits from agriculture

Rwanda and Ethiopia Working with the Clinton Health Access Initiative to reduce malnutrition and help farmers to improve production methods and post-harvest systems, and to increase their incomes.
Kenya 

Improving avocado production by partnering New Zealand Plant and Food Research, Olivado and with the local industry. We aim to improve the incomes of 2,000 avocado farmers by 94% by 2023

Botswana

 Providing beef sector vocational and extension training to 403 herders and farmers and to 105 extension officers, and providing on-the-job coaching to the newly trained extension officers

Education 
Improve knowledge, skills and basic education

 

29 countries

 Providing 32 short-term English language scholarships in New Zealand each year so officials can better represent their countries at international fora.
27 countries

Providing 38 post-graduate scholarships in agriculture, renewable energy and public sector management. Eighty two scholars are currently studying in New Zealand.

Humanitarian
Respond to humanitarian emergencies
  New Zealand contributes to humanitarian responses in Africa, usually through agencies working on the ground. 

Find out more about the aid programme activities in Africa [PDF, 314 KB]

Recent achievements

Priority Country    Achievement

Energy 
Expand access to affordable, reliable and clean energy

Comoros  Supported the Government of Comoros in its successful application to the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility for surface exploration co-funding, and managed the implementation of this work. Surface exploration will help Comoros to find out whether it has a viable geothermal resource to meet its electricity requirements.
Agriculture 
Increase economic and food security benefits from agriculture 
Rwanda Approximately 35,517 children and 21,250 pregnant and lactating women in Rwanda received nutritious fortified blended food every month in the first quarter of 2017.
Kenya In 2017, 1,279 farmers have been trained in sustainable avocado sustainable production systems developed and delivered by Olivado’s extension team.

Education 
Improve knowledge, skills and basic education 

29 countries  Since 2013, 136 African foreign affairs officials from 29 countries have received in English language training scholarships in New Zealand.
27 countries During 2016, 20 African scholars completed their studies in New Zealand.

Humanitarian 
Respond to humanitarian emergencies

Various

In 2017 we provided humanitarian support for famine prevention and food security activities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan.