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Minister McHugh Launches Irish Aid Annual Report 2015

MoS Joe McHugh, Irish Aid, Press Releases, Ireland, 2016

- €647.5 Million Delivered in Official Development Assistance
- €142 Million Extended in Emergency Humanitarian Support

The Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh T.D., has launched Irish Aid’s Annual Report for 2015 at an event held this evening in Dublin Castle, attended by many of Ireland’s civil society organisations working in overseas development, and the heads of Ireland’s diplomatic missions abroad.

The Report confirms that the Government provided €647.51 million in Official Development Assistance (ODA) during 2015. €142 million of Ireland’s total ODA contribution was spent on emergency humanitarian support in conflict and natural disaster situations. The top five recipient countries of humanitarian support in 2015 were Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Central Africa Republic.

The Report also recalls the key role played by Ireland in helping to broker agreement on the new UN Sustainable Development Goals as adopted by world leaders at a summit held in New York in September 2015.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Mc Hugh said:

“2015 was a year that was once more marked by appalling levels of human suffering as a result of conflict and natural disasters. But it was also a year, that all Irish citizens can be proud of. In a year of celebration of the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s admission to the UN, that we, together with Kenya, were elected by the President of the UN General Assembly to facilitate the brokering of a global agreement to replace the Millennium Development Goals, is testament to our internationalism and our role in the world.”

Commenting on the work of Irish Aid in response to humanitarian disasters in 2015, Minister Mc Hugh said: “Irish Aid allocated €142 million which was used to provide shelter, food and essential services to thousands of communities across the world.”

Minister Mc Hugh emphasized the important role played by Civil Society organisations, who work alongside Irish Aid to respond to humanitarian crises and implement longer term development programmes.

ENDS
Press Office
29 August 2016

Notes for Editors

  • Irish Aid is the Government’s programme for overseas development. It is managed by the Development Cooperation Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
  • Mozambique, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi were the top five recipient countries of Ireland’s bilateral ODA in 2015.
  • Achievements as a result of Ireland’s work in its key partner countries during the year included:

- In Ethiopia, 28,157 poor and marginalised victims of violence, 71% of whom were female, received free legal aid.
- By the end of the year, an estimated 382,000 households were using improved fuel-efficient cook stoves in Malawi as part of Irish Aid’s work in adapting to the effects of climate change.
- Ireland’s leading role in improving health in Mozambique continued to yield dividends with an ongoing surge in the numbers of supervised births in the country, a major step towards reducing maternal mortality. At just 62% in 2010, the proportion reached 75% in 2015.
- In 2015, Ireland led on the development a recovery plan for Sierra Leone, declared Ebola-free by the WHO in November. Ireland’s role in responding to the crisis, was widely acknowledged: €18.5 million was provided and Ireland played a coordinating role to bring the outbreak under control.

  • Irish Aid’s work with multilateral and NGO partners to extend its reach and tap into the technical expertise of niche organisations also provided encouraging results:

- successful peace negotiations in Colombia supported
- hundreds of local groups and individuals in Central and South America assisted with securing their human rights.
- schools in targeted districts in Afghanistan assisted to achieve 100% retention rates for girls.
- conflict-affected states in Africa received help to rebuild their economies.