Development Partners

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5th Development Partners Meeting 2015



Rarotonga, Cook Islands 9 - 12 February 

Kia orana and welcome to the 5th Cook Islands Development Development Partners Meeting 2015 web page. 

In 2015 the Cook Islands are celebrating 50 years of Self governance,  in recognition of this, the meeting theme is "Journey to Development".This theme is intended to set the scene for weaving different stories about our past and future challenges, contributing to a greater understanding of the oportunities before the Cook Islands and increasing collective actions.

Some events to take note of, for the 2015 meeting, are:

The Venue

Due to the increase in participation and events, the 2015 meeting will be held at the National Auditorium and side events will be hosted in the surrounding hostels. The set up creates a sense of moving between the islands of the Cook Islands with the main auditorium representing Rarotonga and the hostels representing our Pa Enua. In the centre will be a Cook Islands marketplace set up providing arts, craft, food and information.  

The Meeting

The objective of the meeting is to create a focused space to share inclusive views on development, innovations for more effective develoopment and demonstrate credibility of Cook Islands national systems in a manner tha increases coordinated effort across organisations.

To see what is will be discussed, please refer to our meeting agenda.

The Development Awards

After getting off to a slow start the 2015 Development Awards to celebrate 50 years or development since self-government in 1965, attracted nearly 70 nomination forms covering over 110 nominations, some of them covering several decades.

The judging panel chaired by Parliament’s Speaker Nikki Rattle, congratulated all of the people who put forward nominations and commented on the high calibre and variety of nominations. Rattle said the panel was very apreciative of people who had taken the time to think about the person or organisation or project, they wanted to see recognised and honoured for the contribution they made for the betterment of the country over the last half-century.The judges are currently making their decisions and the award winners will be announced at an old-style awards dinner and dance to be held in the old packing shed at Titikaveka (Enua Manea), the evening of Tuesday 10th February.
Thirty-five development partner representatives and some regional leaders from other Pacific countries attending the fifth annual devekopment partners meeting will be at the dinner. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the dinner and inpidual tickets or tables of 10 are available for purchase.To see who was in the running for an award and to purchase tickets please visit our Development Awards page. 

Visit to the Pa Enua (outer lying Island)

Following in the success of the Atiu visit during the 4th Development Partners Meeting, we will again be holding a one day meeting and overnight visit on one of our sister islands. Giving our partners a chance to view the contrast between the economy, infrastructure and livelihoods of Rarotonga and the Pa enua as well as holding fruitful discussions.

A package deal is on offer for this event and details for booking can be viewed by visiting our Mitiaro meeting page

Side Events

For 2015, we will be holding a number of side events throughout the 4 days of the meeting. This will include a movie hall showing Cook Islands short films, presentations and panel discussions that focus on Women's rights, economy and politics, Social justice, Fisheries, Agriculture and more. 

So make sure you lock these dates into your calendar, 9th - 12th February 2015, and keep an eye on this page for more information.

Meitaki Maata, we look forward to seeing you at the 5th Cook Islands Development Partners Meeting 2015.

for up to date press releases from the Ministry of Finance visit our Press Release page. 

Reporting Templates

For improved efficiency and Development Effectiveness the Development Coordination Division request, partners providing development assistance i,e. technical assistance  and/or planning in country Missions complete and submit the following forms for each in country mission:

Completed forms can be sent through to the development Coordination Division 

Additonal Development Effectiveness forms

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

UNEP, established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment.

UNEP work encompasses:

  • Assessing global, regional and national environmental conditions and trends
  • Developing international and national environmental instruments
  • Strengthening institutions for the wise management of the environment

"To provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations."

"to be the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, that promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimensions of sustainable development within the United Nations system and that serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment"

Caption from UNEP website

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

The Participation Programme functions as a vital complement to UNESCO’s regular activities by analysing, evaluating and facilitating the implementation of national, sub-regional, inter-regional and regional projects submitted by Member States and NGOs directly related to the activities of the Organization.

Furthermore, it serves as a means employed by UNESCO to strengthen the partnership between the Organization and its Member States as well as between the Organization and Non-Governmental Organizations in official partnership with UNESCO. Thus the Participation Programme enhances the inclusive and generous spirit of UNESCO’s noble mission.

Caption from UNESCO website

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Since 1966 UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

World leaders have pledged to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, including the overarching goal of cutting poverty in half by 2015. UNDP's network links and coordinates global and national efforts to reach these Goals.
We focus on helping countries build and share solutions in four main areas:

In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.

The annual Human Development Report, commissioned by UNDP, focuses the global debate on key development issues, providing new measurement tools, innovative analysis and often controversial policy proposals. The global Report's analytical framework and inclusive approach carry over into regional, national and local Human Development Reports, also supported by UNDP.

In each country office, the UNDP Resident Representative normally also serves as the Resident Coordinator of development activities for the United Nations system as a whole. Through such coordination, UNDP seeks to ensure the most effective use of UN and international aid resources.

UNDP also administers the UN Capital Development Fund, which promotes microfinance in 48 least developed countries; and UN Volunteers, which fields over 7,300 volunteers from 160 countries in support of peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.

Caption from UNDP website

Opportunity Available for a National Biodiversity & Natural Resource Management Expert, check out the TOR here

Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre

The Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre (PFTAC) is an office of the International Monetary Fund that is responsible for providing technical assistance and training to Pacific Island Countries. It is a collaborative venture between the IMF, the recipient countries, and bilateral and multilateral donors. 

PFTAC's guiding objective is improved economic management and sustainable economic growth across the Pacific Island Countries. It achieves this through responding rapidly and flexibly to country demand for high-quality technical assistance (TA) and training in improving their macroeconomic management. 

PFTAC serves sixteen countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

For more information, check out their website


Development Partners and Cook Islands Government meetings

Climate Change Development and Resilience Roundtable - 14th, 15th March 2019 

 Pipeline Prioritisation 

Guidance Notes on Concept Ideas

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For the Past four years the Cook Islands Government have hosted an annual Meeting with the purpose of Cook Islands government, civil society and private sector development partners to meet with international development partners to dialogue with the aim of supporting development effectiveness focusing on development results, challenges and ways in which we aim to move forward as partners.

To learn more about the Development Partners Meeting, please access the link below

4th Development Partner Meeting February 2014

5th Development Partners Meeting 2015

The Government of India

The Cook Islands receives assistance from the Government of India through two different channels

1. India Grant Fund

An annual fund that is open for applications from both Government and Non-Government Groups, to fund community projects. For more information please access the following link.


 2. Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC)

A capacity building Programme that provides fully funded Training opportunities to Cook Islands Government Agencies. For more information Please access the following link.


Secretariat of the Pacific Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC)

Secretariat of the Pacific Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC)

The SPC Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC Division of SPC) is new, and began operation on 1 January 2011.

The goal of the Applied Geoscience and Technology Division is to apply geoscience and technology to realise new opportunities for improving the livelihoods of Pacific communities.

In the SOPAC context, geoscience means any science concerned with the Earth. This includes geological, physical, chemical and biological processes that occur at the earth's surface or in its interior. It includes the tools used in SOPAC to assess whether the use of resources is viable, and to study natural disasters and their impact on island communities.

The SPC Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC) has been established as an outcome of the regional institutional framework reform process called for by the Pacific Island Leaders Forum over recent years. Part of that process was to transfer and integrate the core work programme of the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) (SOPAC "The Commission") into the SPC.

The purpose of establishing SOPAC "The Division" is to ensure the preservation of the identity of the SOPAC work programme that has built up an excellent reputation, amongst both Members and donor partners over nearly 40 years.

SOPAC "The Commission" has come a long way since its establishment in 1972, first as a United Nations Development Programme Regional Project, then in 1990 as an independent inter-governmental organisation, and from 2011, to be a new Division in the SPC. Initially the work programme focused on the assessment of deep-sea minerals and hydrocarbon potential. Over the years, the work programme of SOPAC expanded to include the assessment of the potential of ocean and onshore mineral resources, coastal protection and management, and geohazard assessment. Over the past decade, its mandate broadened further to include water, wastewater, sanitation, energy, and disaster risk management.


The purpose of the SPC Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC) is to ensure the earth sciences are utilised fully in order to fulfill the SPC Mission.  In the island context the earth sciences comprise geology, geophysics, oceanography and hydrology.

To fulfill this, the division has three technical work programmes:

Ocean and Islands

Water and Sanitation

Disaster Reduction

These three programmes share common technical support services:

Natural Resource Economics

GIS and Remote Sensing

Technical Equipment and Services

Data Management

Publications and Library

The work programme is reviewed annually by a technical advisory group consisting of members, Secretariat representatives and a Science, Technology and Resources Network (STAR).

Caption from the SOPAC website

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

In the Cook Islands FAO's main in-country programmes are:

Regional Programme for Food Security (RPFS)

As a member of the Pacific Islands Forum, the Cook Islands were included in a three year RPFS under an Italian Trust Fund contribution of US$4.5 million (operational from May 2004 to April 2007). The programme had two main objectives:
• to enhance production and food security through income generating activities at the country level;
• to strengthen regional and national capacity on trade facilitation and agricultural policies.
Within component one, the Cook Islands implemented a sub-project on fruit tree development.
As a result, the project has introduced new fruit varieties for bulking and distribution aimed at increasing fruit production in replacement of imports. As result of the project, a domestic fruit market study has been completed and a series of awareness programmes have been diffused in the local media.

Expansion of the Pacific Regional Programme for Food Security (RPFS)

A stakeholder consultative workshop took place in Nadi, Fiji in September 2008 to further engage development partners in supporting the programme, which is now entitled Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods Programme in Pacific Island Countries (FSSLP). The goal of FSSLP is to contribute to the improvement of food security and sustainability of livelihoods of poor and vulnerable populations (especially for women and youth) in the programme countries.
Emergency Prevention System for Trans-boundary Animal and Plant Pests and Diseases (EMPRES) - Animal Health Component
The Cook Islands have never reported Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) / H5N1.
The Cook Islands are included in the activities of the Avian Influenza (AI) project regional coordination of AI control and prevention in Asia; the objectives of the project are to improve control of HPAI in infected countries and to enable rapid detection of the disease in countries at risk by strengthening diagnostic and surveillance activities and through a better understanding of the epidemiology of the disease.

National Medium Term Priority Framework (NMTPF)

The Cook Islands were one of 13 countries who prepared their NMTPFs as a group exercise, with the Caribbean the first region to undertake the preparation of NMTPF's as a group. The 13 participating countries presented and discussed the NMTPFs at a regional a meeting held in St Lucia in March 2006. At a subsequent regional meeting, held in Barbados in February 2007, countries worked on prioritising the actions requested by FAO. The NMTPF's have provided useful baseline documents for planning FAO's assistance Caribbean countries. Furthermore, common elements amongst the various NMTPF's provide the platform for the development of FAO's regional programme of assistance.
The NMPTFs identify the priority focus areas for FAO support and was endorsed by the Government of the Cook Islands in May 2009 at the 8th FAO South West Ministers for Agriculture Meeting in Niue.
The following four priority outcomes were identified:
• increased agricultural production (particularly on southern group of islands) for local consumption and to meet domestic market demands;
• increased income and employment opportunities (particularly in the outer islands), through further development of aquaculture and commercial inshore fisheries;
• enhanced capacity in food processing and value adding of agriculture and fisheries products;
• strengtening data collection and management systems.

FAO website

Food and Agriculture Documentation









United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

UNFPA is on the ground improving lives in about 150 countries that are home to 80 per cent of the world’s population. In these countries, the Fund is a catalyst for progress. Working with governments and through partnerships with other UN agencies, civil society and the private sector, we make a real difference in the lives of millions of people, especially those most vulnerable.

Our network of regional and sub-regional offices provides technical expertise and coordinates the efforts of our country offices that work on the front lines of development.

UNFPA anticipates and responds to tomorrow’s challenges today. We help countries use population data to assess and anticipate needs, and to monitor progress and gaps in delivering on our promises. We provide technical guidance, training and support to empower our partners and colleagues in the field. And we help ensure that the reproductive health and rights of women and young people remain at the very centre of development.

Caption from UNFPA website

World Health Organisation (WHO)

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

In the 21st century, health is a shared responsibility, involving equitable access to essential care and collective defence against transnational threats.
The Western Pacific Region, is one of the six regions of the World Health Organization, which is home to approximately 1.8 billion people, more than one-fourth of the world's population. It stretches over a vast area, from China in the north and west, to New Zealand in the south, and French Polynesia in the east. One of the most diverse of the WHO regions, the Western Pacific constitutes some of the world's least developed countries as well as the most rapidly emerging economies. It includes highly developed countries such as Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and Singapore; and fast growing economies such as China and Viet Nam.

The Cook Islands is 1 of 37 countries and areas the WHO Western Pacific Region provides support to.

For more information on WHO, Western Pacific Region please click here

For more information on WHO in the Cook Islands please click here



2014 Development Partner Outcomes

To view the outcomes, please click on the images below

2014 Outcomes - DAY 1
  2014 Outcomes - DAY 2

ODA Snapshot

Cook Islands Government Official Development Assistance Policy Implementation Plan

The Purpose of our ODA Policy which was developed in 2011 is to “ensure aid effectiveness in achieving national development outcomes”.  Our objectives centre around the following three objectives:

  1. 1.Strengthening governance and management of aid effectiveness at all levels
  2. 2.Strengthening partnerships in the coordination and delivery of aid
  3. 3.Ensuring accountability of aid to achieving sustainable development results

2013 has seen some significant progress in these areas which will be outlined to you during this session.  We will discuss Peer Review and PEFA in particular as well as seek dialogue on updating the Policy and Plan.

Peer Review

The Peer Review had a number of key findings (see more here).  A few very relevant findings in relation to ODA and partnerships included:

  • The Cook Islands receives sector budget support from New Zealand (and Australia through delegated cooperation) in the education and tourism sectors and will soon also receive budget support from the European Union. However, the fact that only 37% of ODA planned in 2012 was implemented indicates pressing capacity gaps within Government. These capacity gaps may unfortunately create concerns amongst development partners about the wisdom of moving towards budget support
  • Much ODA, particularly for infrastructure, remains in a project modality for these reasons.  This is a notable issue in Cook Islands that must be addressed in open dialogue with development partners so that common understanding and agreement is reached. It will continue to hamper the transition from a relationship based on financial and administrative discussions to that of bigger picture policy dialogue.
  • The Cook Islands has strong civil society, private sector, culture and media representatives and there is a clear opportunity for greater policy analysis capacity and dialogue across these groups;
  • Development Coordination Division (DCD) is also working with development partners and urging a move towards greater harmonisation and alignment and a move away from project based approaches and towards sector based or budget support type approaches;
  • While there has been notable progress on improving the effectiveness of engagement with the main bilateral donors, regional and thematic budget lines as well as various projects continue to represent significant transaction costs for Government. Greater information on regional flows, in particular, is essential. Coordination is hampered by a large proportion of development partners not having representation in country. Further analysis could be considered and/or communication with these development partners on how these transaction costs could be reduced (such as through clarifying different mandates of ministries and government structures while calling for joint analysis, missions and implementation/pooled funds).

PEFA Self Review

The Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) assessment evaluates the current status of the Public Financial Management (PFM) systems in the Cook Islands in terms of the main systemic strengths and weaknesses and in accordance with the PEFA framework.   A formal PEFA assessment is scheduled for July 2014.  However, to maintain progress towards our PFM Roadmap we partnered with PFTAC to conduct a self assessment in October/November 2013.

The report noted that overall, there have been significant improvements across a number of PEFA indicators between the 2011 and the 2013 assessments.  Noteworthy improvements have been made since 2011 in the following areas: credibility of budget estimates and arrears reporting; taxation awareness and registration programs; adherence to the budget preparation calendar; transparency of inter-governmental relations; guidance on budget submissions; debt sustainability analysis; publication of contract awards; bank reconciliation processes; quality of in-year reporting; and completeness and timeliness of estimates of project support by donors.

In addition, the team identified a number of areas where relatively little effort would be required for the Government to achieve a higher score. Suggestions for actions to be taken over the next six months and in the medium term are set out in the report (confidential copy available on request). 

for ODA


Making a Living in The Pa Enua

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Atiu – 12/13 February 2014

Day three of the Development Partners Meeting 2014 “Living in the Pa Enua” will take place on the Island of Atiu – Enuamanu (Island of the birds).  This will provide partners with the chance to view firsthand the realities of Life in the outer lying Islands of the Cook Islands (Pa Enua).

Attendees will fly out to Atiu the morning of the 12th of February and overnight there, returning to Rarotonga on the 13th of February.   Number of seats and accommodation for this part of the programme will be limited, so it is important that those wanting to take part register as early as possible to secure a place.

The Development Coordination Division has compiled a Participant’s Package inclusive of flights, accommodation, meals and transportation which will cost a total of $750NZD per person.

Please note that Accommodation and transportation options on the Island of Atiu are few and limited, it will not be possible for participants to select their own accommodation and transportation and in most instances they may have to share. 

Click here to register for the “Living in the Pa Enua” Session.

Click here for more information on the island of Atiu.

Click here for the draft program – Day 3

Items of necessity when travelling to Atiu include:

  • Mosquito repellant
  • Casual island attire
  • Comfortable walking shoes

It is important to take note that water is also limited in Atiu so it is recommend that you consider bringing bottled water along.  Each chartered plane (max 3) will carry 12 persons with up to 10kg of hand luggage.  This is domestic travel, there are no restrictions on liquids and aerosols.

If you are going to attend the Atiu Day, please ensure you notify your hotel booking to avoid being billed for the night of 12/13 February.

If you require more information please contact us on 



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development partner page

Supporting Documents
Related Links:
2014 Meeting Planner
Monday 10th February – COMING SOON

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In addition to the EU program, the French government provides opportunities for direct assistance to the Cook Islands.


The Pacific Fund (Fond Pacifique).

Created in 1985, the Pacific Fund of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote social, economic, scientific and cultural development and integration in the Pacific. The priorities of the Pacific Fund are the same as those defined by and for the Pacific region in ‘The Pacific Plan’:


The application form below is translated into English for information purposes only. Applications have to be submitted in French by email to the Cultural and Scientific Counsellor at the Embassy of France in Wellington: culture@ambafrance-nz.orgAdditional annexes in English or French may be attached but should be kept to a minimum. All Cook Islands governement applications must be approved by the NSDC.


Proposals should therefore have a strong Pacific component and either have benefits for Pacific countries or the region as a whole. They should also have active involvement from research institutes, cultural, sporting and development organisations etc. in the French territories in the Pacific (New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna). The partnership with one of these territory must be clearly indicated in an application.

Note the following recommendations:

At least 50 % of the total cost of the project should come from sources other than the Pacific Fund. The presentation of the draft budget may be a determining factor in the selection of projects:

  • Funding applied for through the Pacific Fund is not limited to international travel, but cannot include the purchase of equipment.
  • Co-funding may include salaries for time spent on the project, materials etc., keeping in mind that ‘contributions in kind’ should not exceed 20% of the total cost of the project.
  • The Pacific Fund will not take into consideration salary costs as part of its grant, unless they are one-off costs specifically linked to the project (professional fees, study costs, etc.)
  • Neither the Pacific Fund’s contribution nor the co-funding may include any project management costs      incurred by beneficiary organisations.

The purpose of the Pacific Fund grant is to put in place a specific project, not to contribute to the running costs of an organisation.

If a project involves more than one funding instalment over several years, a new proposal (and progress report) will need to be submitted for each instalment of the funding; Selection of a project does not imply automatic recurrent funding.

Ever greater importance is attached to larger scale projects involving co-funding from different sources, capable of actively contributing to regional integration, and whose implementation can be managed quickly and effectively (not exceeding 24 months). The potential economic benefits of a project for the Pacific are considered to be an important factor, along with the creation of enduring relationships, especially between francophone and non-francophone partners in the Pacific.

For additional information visit :

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 development partner page


Supporting Documents

Related Links:

2014 Development Partner Outcomes

2013 Roundtable Meeting 

Public  Financial Management Roadmap 

Development Partners 

2014 Meeting Planner 

National Sustainable Development Plan 

ADB Cook Islands 

Meeting Overview 

2014/2015 Budget Policy Statement    2013/2014 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update 

Busan Partnership 

Monday 10th February 

Peer Review 

Cook Islands Paris Declaration Evaluation 



Tuesday 11th February





Wednesday 12th February





Press releases from the 4th Development Partners Meeting 













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