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Parliamentary Question re: Overseas Aid

Question No. 211

Parliamentary Question – Oireachtas

To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will provide, in tabular form, the countries in receipt of overseas development aid from the Irish Government; if he will indicate, in each case, whether the funding goes to a Government and / or State or to a non-governmental organisation or to both; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
– Anthony Lawlor.
For ORAL answer on Tuesday, 21st April, 2015.
Ref No: 15284/15

REPLY

(Minister of State, Mr. Seán Sherlock, T.D.)

Last year, the Government provided a total of €607 million in Official Development Assistance (ODA). €474 million of this was managed by Irish Aid in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade under Vote 27 – International Cooperation. The remaining € 133 million was accounted for by ODA-eligible contributions made through other Government Departments and Ireland’s share of the EU Development Cooperation Budget.

Ireland provides development assistance to over eighty of the world’s least developed countries. However we focus in particular on nine key partner countries, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa. These are Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho, Sierra Leone and Vietnam. Our engagement with our key partner countries is at a strategic level, and we provide support for their long-term development, especially in the areas of health, nutrition, education, gender equality and governance.

The Government’s aid programme is delivered through a wide range of partners and channels, including through government systems, Irish and international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and missionary organisations, and UN and other multilateral agencies and organisations. Approximately one quarter of Ireland’s total ODA is delivered through NGOs. In 2013, a total of some €88 million was delivered through partner country systems.

My Department publishes detailed analysis of expenditure under Ireland’s aid programme in the statistical annexes to the Irish Aid Annual Report, including an analysis of support to all recipient countries in excess of €1 million across various funding mechanisms. The Department is currently finalising the details of 2014 expenditure, which will be published in the Irish Aid Annual Report in mid-year and will be available at www.irishaid.ie. The expenditure details for the years2007 to 2013 are already available on the website.