ODA 2012-2015 budget and projections published

In line with the Cook Islands Official Development Assistance (ODA) Policy 2011, this year's budget presentation is intended to improve the ability of stakeholders (particularly Parliament and the public) to scrutinise the outcomes and become aware of forward plans for the use ODA. The ODA programme has performed well this year and estimated expenditure for 2012/13 is expected to reach $29 million continuing an upward trend from 2009/10 - $7.7 million and 2010/11 - $17 million. Note the 2009 and 2010 actual figures under estimate ODA as they do not include grants in kind (China) and funds not channelled through MFEM (ADB grants) bank account.

The 2011/12 Supplementary Budget allocation for ODA was $44,931,637. There is a difference of approximately $15 million between the budget allocation and estimated expenditure.  Most of the unspent ODA funds will be re-appropriated into the 2012/13 budget thus giving a higher than usual budget appropriation of $47,498,150. The main programmes that will be carrying forward allocations are;

  • China Grant funds allocated $14 million in 2011/12 with estimated expenditure of $780,000. $13.2 million has been re-allocated to 2012/13;
  • Japan Pacific Environment Community Funds for Renewable Energy allocated $2.2 million in 2011/12 with estimated expenditure of $200,000. $2 million has been carried forward into 2012/13;
  • AUSAID Climate Change Funds (PASAP) allocated $765,000 with estimated $100,000 expenditure. $645,000 to be carried forward into 2012/13;
  • AUSAID Climate Change funds for Northern Group Community tanks allocated $650,000 in 2011/12 with no expenditure as project re-programmed for 2012/13. $650,000 to be carried forward into 2012/13;
  • Adaptation Fund (SRIC) 2011/12 allocation of $1,126,100 with estimated $448,440 expenditure. Balance and full grant re-allocated 2012 to 2015;
  • New Zealand Aid Programme renewable energy programme allocated $2 million in 2011/12 with $1 million estimated expenditure; and
  • New Zealand Aid programme Cook Islands Technical Assistance Fund allocated $800,000 in 2011/12 with estimated expenditure of $400,000. Unspent fund carried over to 2012/13

There are also some projects that were allocated funds in the 2011/12 supplementary budget that were later not approved by the development partner.  Notable among these were;

  • Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods project was allocated $1,126,100 and $603,590 for Ministry of Marine Resources was in 2011/12 put on hold due to lack of funding from the FAO;
  • European Union $470,000 funding for Mitiaro water programme was declined.  This has been reprogrammed in 2012/13.

Details of the individual programmes and projects are provided in the ODA budget chapter.  A summary by National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) goal is followed by relative contribution by development partner and then a full list of activities.  Details of significant programs not reported in the capital initiatives book then complete this chapter. These budget details are available for download using the link below:

http://www.mfem.gov.ck/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=141&Itemid=72