Irish Aid

Irish Aid ( Irish : Cúnamh Éireann ) [5] is the Government of Ireland’s official agency for international development. Irish Aid is a division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade(DFA) and is managed by its Development Co-Operation Division ( DCD ). The Irish Government allocated € 651 million to official development assistance (ODA) in 2017, mainly focused on poverty and hunger, and to improve education, healthcare and governance in Africa , Asia , the Middle East and Latin America. Irish Aid is an integral part of Ireland’s foreign policy . [6]

Priority areas of work

Ireland works towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals as set by the United Nations . Accordingly, Irish Aid’s priority areas are; Enduring Poverty, Hunger, Gender Equality, Environment and Climate Change, Health, HIV / AIDS , Governance and Human Rights, Education, Trade and Economic Growth, Agriculture, Water and Sanitation. [7]

Irish Aid also responds to humanitarian crisis around the world, with the help of humanitarian assistance and support for non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The Irish Aid Rapid Response Corps (RRC) is a team of highly qualified and experienced professionals working in the humanitarian field, working with the UNHCR , WFP , OCHA and UNICEF to identify and fill specific skills gaps. emergencies.

Ireland sits on the OECD’s 30-member Development Assistance Committee (DAC). [8]

Partner countries

The main focus of Irish Aid is on Sub-Saharan Africa . Key Partner Countries, these are;

  •  Ethiopia
  •  Lesotho
  •  Malawi
  •  mozambique
  •  Sierra Leone
  •  tanzania
  •  uganda
  •  Vietnam
  •  zambia

Irish Aid also works in a number of other countries affected by conflict, including; Liberia , Palestine , South Africa , Timor Leste and Zimbabwe . [9]

In 2014, more than 80 countries benefited from Irish bilateral aid. [10]

Irish Aid operates through the network of Ireland’s overseas diplomatic missions .

Organizational structure

  • Director General
  • Multilateral Unit
  • Humanitarian Unit
  • Civil Society & Development Education
  • Planning & Performance Unit
  • Bilateral Cooperation Unit West & East Africa
  • Bilateral Cooperation Unit Southern Africa, Asia & Palestine
  • Evaluation & Audit
  • Policy Coherence & Research Unit [4]


Irish Aid permanent staff under contract with the Department of Foreign Affairs. Permanent staff are considered civil servants ( diplomats ). To work for Irish Aid, is a graduate student , and can enter the organization through the Junior Professional Internship (JPI) scheme. Irish Aid Employees has a wide range of specialist staff, such as Senior Development Specialists and Agricultural Advisors. There are 145 permanent posts attached to Irish Aid’s Domestic Headquarters in Dublin and Limerick in the Republic of Ireland. [1]There are 39 permanent posts (excluding locally recruited staff) within the Irish Aid missions in nine programs and a further 290 locally recruited overseas staff across all missions. This is the agency’s total number of employees to 474. [2]


Ireland allocated € 651 million in official development assistance (ODA) in 2017. [11] This represents 0.36% of gross national income (GNI).

  • € 486 million managed by Irish Aid
  • € 165 million Accounted for through other Government departments and the European Union (EU) International Cooperation and Development budget [3]

Since the beginning of the millennium there has been a rapid expansion in the scale and scope of Ireland’s development assistance program from € 255 million in 2000 to € 914 million in 2008, more than a three and a half fold increase in less than a decade. [2] [12]

In terms of GNI, Ireland is the 12th highest overall contributor of ODA as a percentage of GNI and the highest international contributor overall (2015 figures). The government HAS set a target of reaching the UN Millennium Development Goal of 0.7% of GNI in foreign aid, [13] a target qui is projected to Exceed € 1.5 trillion is based current Economic Growth Achieved yew.


Irish Ivygh House, 80 St Stephen ‘s Green, Dublin 2 and Riverstone House, 23-27 Henry Street , Limerick . Irish Aid has permanent offices in Irish embassies in; Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia.

See also

  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Ireland)
  • Foreign relations of the Republic of Ireland


  1. ^ Jump up to:b “Department of Foreign Affairs Decentralization Program” . . Retrieved 15 January 2016 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:c “Management Review – Final Report” (PDF) . Irish Aid / Department of Foreign Affairs . Retrieved 17 January 2016 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:b “Minister Flanagan & McHugh MoS announce € 10m in additional funding for ODA in 2017” . Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade . Retrieved 24 December 2016 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:b “Organizational Structure” . Irish Aid . Retrieved 15 January 2016 .
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  8. Jump up^ “DAC member profile: Ireland” . Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development . Retrieved 4 January 2017 .
  9. Jump up^ ” ‘ Countries Where We Work ‘ ” . Irish Aid . Retrieved 15 January2016 .
  10. Jump up^ “Where the Money Goes” . Irish Aid . Retrieved 16 January 2016 .
  11. Jump up^ Mac Cormaic, Ruadhán (11 October 2016). “Budget 2017: State to increase overseas aid to € 651m” . The Irish Times . Retrieved 24 December 2016 .
  12. Jump up^ “DFA Departmental Staff” . Minister for Foreign Affairs . Retrieved 15 January 2016 .
  13. Jump up^ McEnroe, Juno (27 September 2015). “Enda Kenny promises 0.7% of GNP for overseas aid” . Irish Examiner . Retrieved 5 January 2017 .

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