- 1 Education
- 2 Career
- 3 Clarke against Compulsory Military Training
- 4 Involvement with NZUSA
- 5 Support for Communist China
- 6 Support for Marxist Latin American regimes
- 7 Important figure in leftist aid agency
- 8 Keen interest in communist S.E. Asia regimes
- 9 Producer of left-wing journal
- 10 Goodbye CORSO, hello OXFAM
- 11 Clarke invovement with Council for International Development
- 12 Involvement with leftist BOOF organisation
- 13 Heavyweight in Commonwealth Foundation
- 14 Clarke attends CHOGM
- 15 Clarke's work with MFAT
- 16 references
Don Clarke is a New Zealand public servant and activist. International Development Consultant, Monash University, Wellington & Wairarapa, New Zealand.
- Studied International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington
- Went to Kaikorai Valley College
- Former Director, Strategy and Programme Management at UN ESCAP
- Former Chief: Partnerships & Resource Mobilisation at UN Economic and Social Development Commission for Asia and the Pacific
- Former Chief: Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment at UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
- Former Director, Global Programmes at New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID)
Clarke against Compulsory Military Training
In 1971-76, Don Clarke was the Dunedin contact for the Organisation to Halt Military Service.
Involvement with NZUSA
In 1972, Clarke was the New Zealand University Students Association Welfare officer.
Support for Communist China
On April 5 1975, it was agreed, at an NZUSA meeting, that Clarke, a Dunedin Council of Organisations for the Relief Services Overseas (CORSO) activist, would be chairman for a 1975 Communist China trip selection panel.
CORSO was dominated by the left.
In 1987, Clarke had become Vice-President of the Auckland branch of the New Zealand-China Friendship Society.
Support for Marxist Latin American regimes
It was reported in Socialist Action, the newspaper of the Trotskyist Socialist Action League, that on November 4 1983, Clarke, as part of CORSO, addressed a demonstration in Wellington, at the cenotaph, in which he condemned the U.S. invasion of Grenada, which saw the overthrow of the Marxist Revolutionary regime there.
In January 1988, Clarke took part in another Nicaragua Work Brigade.
In 1987, the student newspaper Salient Number 4, carried an article on Nicaragua, by Carol Stevenson. It noted that for more information contact Don Clarke at CORSO or Gordon Campbell of the Latin America Committee.
The Latin America Committee was Marxist dominated.
"Peace and justice" in Central America
In 1987, from July 18-19, Clarke spoke in Wellington at the South Pacific Conference for Peace and Justice in Central America.
Important figure in leftist aid agency
Clake had been involved with CORSO since atleast 1975, but by 1988, he had become their International Programmes Officer.
Keen interest in communist S.E. Asia regimes
Clarke and Vietnam
Around 1989, Clarke was on a list of names for the Vietnam Action and Information Network -(VAIN).
By 1990, Clarke was the VAIN spokesman.
Support for Cambodia also
Clarke adds Laos to the list
Around 1994, Don Clarke produced, along with Bob Kerr and C.Kelly, the September issue of Vietnam Incorporating Cambodia And Laos Support Network News - (VICALSN).
Producer of left-wing journal
Goodbye CORSO, hello OXFAM
Clarke invovement with Council for International Development
From 1992-94, Clarke was the National co-ordinator of the Council for International Development.
By 1995, he was the executive officer of the CID.
Involvement with leftist BOOF organisation
Heavyweight in Commonwealth Foundation
In 1994, Clarke, by now age 42, was appointed as Deputy director of the Commonwealth Foundation, London. It is government funded to support unofficial Commonwealth organisations, Non-Government Organisations, Cultural and Voluntary organisations and so-on.
Clarke attends CHOGM
By 1995, Clarke was by now considered sufficiently influential that he was able to attend the Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting (CHOGM) conference in Auckland.
Clarke's work with MFAT
In 2002, Clarke was, under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, involved in a Non-Government Organisation programme.
Clarke an International Development specialist
In 2002, Clarke was by now an International Development specialist, the goals of which were "Civil Society, Human Rights, Social Impact and Development Research" under the Ministry of foreign Affairs and Trade.
Development research in NZAID
In the same year, Clarke was responsible for development research in the New Zealand Agency for International Development; a semi-autonimous agency of MFAT and had the task of developing the country's $230 million Overseas Aid programme which supports projects in the Pacific, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
In 2004, Clarke was still working as an International Development Specialist, (under the "Civil Society" goal), once again under MFAT. (Indeed he was a former member of the Working Party).
Director of Global Group
In 2005, Clarke was becoming evermore influential in international development; he was now the director of the Global Group of NZAID.