The Pacific is a developing region with many funding opportunities. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) provides funding opportunities for NZ businesses and individuals. Other donor organisations also provide funding for initiatives.

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MFAT’s Partnerships Fund supports partnerships led by NZ-based organisations to develop and deliver locally owned responses to development challenges in countries as identified in the NZ Aid Programme Strategic Plan. It has a core focus on sustainable economic development in the Pacific. The Pacific Private Sector Window (PPSW) is a specific window within the Partnerships Fund available to NZ businesses. The Akina Foundation is working with MFAT to find NZ businesses that want to invest in Pacific Island Countries.

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Department of Foreign Affairs

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) purpose is to help make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous by promoting and protecting our interests internationally and contributing to global stability and economic growth. DFAT is currently inviting the private sector to work with it on social and economic development challenges in the region. Read about private sector partnerships HERE. Its Business Partnership Platform (BPP) is helping to accelerate Australia’s collaboration with business in addressing development challenges in our region. Read about BPP opportunities HERE.

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UN Development Programme

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. It helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. UNDP has supported the Grow Pacific Project and online training for women in business around the Pacific.

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European Union

The EU combines different types of support to countries in need. It provides funding in the form of grants to support projects and organisations furthering its development objectives. It also offers public contracts and provides budget and sector support.Grants are direct financial contributions provided to organisations, or to projects carried out by them. Most of the time, the Commission attributes them through calls for proposals. Contracts are awarded through tendering procedures to purchase services, supplies or works.

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The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA’s mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management in ACP countries, and central to achieving its mission is its valued partnerships with ACP national and regional bodies. It also works with a wide network of ACP-EU public and private sector bodies as well as international organisations around the world.

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IFAD is dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries. Seventy-five per cent of the world's poorest people - 1.4 billion women, children and men - live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihoods.

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The World Bank

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. It is not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development. The World Bank Group comprises five institutions managed by its member countries.

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Asia Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank aims for an Asia and Pacific free from poverty. Its mission is to help developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people. Despite the region's many successes, it remains home to a large share of the world's poor: 330 million living on less than $1.90 a day and 1.2 billion on less than $3.10 a day.

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