Development News

Belt and Road Initiative 

The Government of the Cook Islands and the Government of the People’s Republic of China sign the Belt and Road Initiative Memorandum of Understanding in which both countries agree to promote between themselves policy coordination, facilitate connectivity, trade, financial cooperation and people to people relations

Belt and Road Memorandum of Understanding  

Development News

Call for Environment Project Funding Proposals for GEF - Small Grant Programme

The GEF SGP National Steering Committee is calling for environment project funding proposals of up to USD 50,000 from Civil Society, Community Based and Non-Government Organisations in the Cook Islands.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP): Believes local solutions to global environmental problems exist; supports community-based initiatives and action, and aims for the process of implementation to also lead to poverty reduction and local empowerment.

To this end GEF SGP provides contestable funds administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and financed through the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) The Cook Islands Red Cross Society serves as the National Hosting Institution (NHI), and a National Coordinator is appointed to facilitate applications by civil society for consideration by the 10 member National Steering Committee comprising NGO and Agency representatives. 

Funds of up to USD $50,000, as well as planning grants of up to USD $5000 are available for CSOs, CBOs and NGOs in the Pa Enua as well as in Rarotonga, for projects related to one or more of the five GEF Focal Areas (Biodiversity, Climate Change, Land degradation, Chemicals, and International Waters). 

In the current GEF Operational Programme 6 (2015-2019) the Cook Islands GEF SGP Programme would like to promote projects that develop the capacity of local and national civil society stakeholders, in any of the environmental focal areas, especially projects that achieve measurable impacts in Waste Management addressing both ‘Local to Global Chemical Management Coalitions’ and ‘Community Landscape & Seascape Conservation’. There is a proportion of funding available for Climate Change Community Based Adaptation Projects that support solutions identified through participatory vulnerability assessments. 

Government agencies are not eligible for the Cook Islands GEF Small Grants, however, local government bodies (such as Island Councils) that include non-government community representatives are eligible.

For further information and to obtain an application form please contact the GEF SGP Cook Islands National Coordinator Pasha Carruthers via email, or ph 22598 at the Red Cross Society Centre.

Applications close Tuesday December 6th 2016 @ 4pm. 

CCCI - Website Development Internship

Open: Website Development Internship - Climate Change Cook Islands

Are you a young vibrant, energetic person interested in a career in ICT, are you willing to learn, can you follow instructions!?

Have you completed the media and ICT courses offered at Secondary school? Do you have an understanding of websites and their development, be able to research and collect data, and be able to develop narratives for the website?

Climate Change Cook Islands (CCCI) has an Internship available for a young college or university student on Rarotonga.

It requires 15 hours of work per week, for a period of three months.

Interact with the CCCI, ICT staff, and the website developer to build a dedicated website for the CCCI.

Any young person wanting to learn more about the Internship, email Ewan Cameron on

Or follow the link for the details about the Internship

To apply, submit through a cover letter that describes:

1. Why you would like to be an Intern;

2. What is your future aspiration?

3. And a profile photo with background information about yourself attached with the cover letter

Letters should be in be emailed to Ewan Cameron on email by closing date 23 November

SRIC-CC: Request for National Consultant(s)


Request for National Consultant(s)

The SRIC-CC Programme seeks a professional individual or individuals to develop a full project proposal to upscale Phase 1 of the existing SRIC-CC Programme based on the existing project concept document. This assignment will include consultation with relevant Ministries, Civil Society, UNDP and key stakeholders in the Pa Enua.This task will also include a desktop review of recent and relevant assessment reports of Pa Enua, National plans and the current SRIC-CC Programme document. 

The scope of work includes the development of a project proposal to upscale SRIC-CC Programme for submission to the Adaptation Fund in 2017.

Those interested in submitting an application for this assignment shall first contact the undersigned and request for the Terms of Reference to this assignment. 

All applications must include the following;

  • An updated curriculum vitae (CV), if submitting as a team/ company – the updated CV’s of all team members must be included in the application.
  • The names and contact details of two references
  • A covering letter
  • An inception report containing the following:
    • An outline of the methodology that will be used to complete this assignment and their expected outputs
    • A financial submission outlining the breakdown and full costs for services

    All soft copy applications must be marked in the subject line Re: SRIC-CC Upscale Assignment and emailed to;

    Applications close at 3:00pm on Monday 14th November.

    Late applications will not be accepted.