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Irish Aid

Irish Aid is the Irish Government’s official aid programme, working on behalf of Irish people to address poverty and hunger in some of the world’s poorest countries. We are a division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and our aid programme is an integral part of Ireland’s foreign policy.

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What we do

We engage in and support development and provide humanitarian assistance . Our work has a particular focus on reducing poverty and hunger in sub-Saharan Africa.

We have long-term partnerships with nine key partner countries in Africa and Asia where we support the efforts of governments and communities to own and lead their own development.

Who we work with

We work closely with a range of development partners to ensure that our aid makes a difference in the lives of poor people and communities. This includes governments, local authorities and communities in developing countries as well as local and international aid agencies. We also support the work of international organisations such as the European Union and the United Nations.

What we spend

Ireland allocated €637.10 million in Official Development Assistance (ODA) in 2013. This represents 0.46% of Gross National product (GNP).

Irish Aid funds are spent using a mix of funding approaches to support development programmes in our partner countries, the work of international organisations such as the UN or World Bank, and the work of Irish, national and international non governmental organisations. Irish Aid funding is also used to support emergency and humanitarian crises. 

You can find a detailed breakdown of Irish Aid’s spending in our Annual Reports.

How we are accountable

Firstly, we are accountable to the Irish people for how we manage and oversee Ireland’s official aid programme. The programme is also subject to the scrutiny of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee and the Public Accounts Committee.  And to ensure that funds are well managed and targeted, Irish Aid has strict audit and evaluation systems in place both in Ireland and in our key partner countries. Regular audits and evaluations of all programmes are carried out by the Evaluation and Audit Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

For more Information

Visit the Irish Aid website for more information on Ireland’s overseas aid programme.