Irish Aid

Irish Aid is the Government of Ireland’s programme on overseas development cooperation.

Ireland has had an official development assistance programme since 1974. It has grown steadily over the years from modest beginnings to its current size (total Official Development Assistance in 2010 was estimated to be €671.4 million) and is on track to meet the UN target of 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) by 2015.

Constructive partnerships

Ireland’s development cooperation policy and programmes reflect a longstanding commitment to human rights and fairness in international relations. Irish Aid has a constructive partnership with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in many areas of development work and in its emergency and recovery work. Irish Aid works in cooperation with development NGOs such as VSO as part of the global effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, as agreed by the UN.

VSO and Irish Aid

A more systematic and structured working relationship has evolved between VSO and Irish Aid in recent years and VSO Ireland is now a Block Grant partner of Irish Aid since 2008. VSO receives Irish Aid support for the RAISA programme which tackles HIV and AIDS in the following countries:

  • Malawi

  • Mozambique

  • South Africa

  • Zimbabwe

  • Zambia

Irish Aid is strongly committed to ensuring aid effectiveness, based on the principles of partnership, support for locally owned strategies, better donor coordination and policy coherence. As an organisation, Irish Aid makes continuous efforts to improve reporting and monitoring and to promote a results-based culture.

Visit the Irish Aid website.

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