Overseas Development Assistance

Irish Aid is the Government of Ireland’s programme of assistance to developing countries and an integral part of Ireland’s wider foreign policy.

Poverty reduction, to reduce vulnerability and increase opportunity, is the overarching objective of Irish Aid. To this end, we support development programmes in over 90 countries around the world, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

Irish Aid have a dedicated website which is a comprehensive guide to Ireland’s overseas assistance programme.

Ireland has had an official development assistance programme since 1974. It has grown steadily over the years from modest beginnings to its current size. The total allocation for Official Development Assistance in 2010 will be €671.4 million. On current projections, this will represent 0.52% of GNP. Ireland is committed to reaching the EU target of spending 0.7% of GNP on overseas development assistance by 2015.

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