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Ireland ranks No.1 in how it spends foreign aid

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a leading global development think tank, has ranked Ireland as the number one donor in delivering principled aid in their ‘Principled Aid Index 2020’.  ODI has found Ireland to be the most principled aid donor since its ranking began in 2013.

Welcoming ODI’s finding, Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Colm Brophy, T.D. said:

“I am proud of the world class work of Irish Aid.  It is great to see others, like the Overseas Development Institute, recognise that work, finding Ireland to be the leading donor in delivering principled aid.  It is fitting that this finding comes on the day I launched Irish Aid’s annual report for 2019, which describes just that principled, values-based approach.”

The Minister continued:

“Looking forward, Ireland will continue to champion the needs of those furthest behind. I am determined that Irish Aid will deepen its engagement on climate change, on strengthening global health systems, and responding to the needs of those in crisis and conflict as a priority.  This ODI report comes as Ireland prepares to take our seat on the UN Security Council, where we will work with our partners in the international community to promote our shared values of peace, justice and human rights. We will also continue to champion the role of the multilateral system, in a time when global cooperation is increasingly under threat”.




10 NOVEMBER 2020

Notes for Editors

  • The ODI’s Principled Aid Index is a ranking of bilateral OECD Development Assistance Committee donors by how they use their Official Development Assistance to pursue their long-term national interests in a safer, sustainable and more prosperous world. Further details of the Index are available here:
  • Ireland’s development and humanitarian assistance reaches more than 130 countries worldwide. 

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