Review of the White Paper on Irish Aid

The White Paper on Irish Aid was published in September 2006. A statement of Government policy, the White Paper places the fight against world poverty at the heart of Ireland’s foreign policy and sets out the guiding principles of the aid programme.

A Review of the White Paper on Irish Aid was announced in June 2011, following a commitment set down in the Programme for Government. This Review is looking at the progress made by Irish Aid, and the changing national and international context. It will help to shape the policy direction for the coming years.

The Review is being led by the Minister of State for Trade and Development, Mr. Joe Costello, T.D. at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Independent oversight is being provided by the Irish Aid Expert Advisory Group. It will consist of broad consultation with all key stakeholders including the general public, civil society, partner countries, the private sector and the Oireachtas.

Get Involved

The consultation period is from 1 February - 25 April, with four public consultations as follows:

  • The Strand Hotel Limerick, 7-9pm, 06 February 2012
  • Clarion Hotel Cork, 7-9pm, 5 March
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin, 3-5.30 pm, 26 March
  • Glasshouse Hotel Sligo, 7-9pm, 16 April

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade NGO Forum on Human Rights on February 17 will also have the White Paper Review as its focus. Find out more here.

Download key documents

Contact Irish Aid:


Tel: 01-4082000


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