Act Now 2015 Latest Update

The latest update regarding the budget for Ireland’s aid programme, and the Governments commitment on the provision of Official Development Assistance (ODA) is as follows;

The Government is strongly committed to Ireland’s overseas development programme, which is central to our foreign policy. It is internationally recognised as one of the best development aid programmes in the world. It is clearly focused on the fight against extreme poverty and hunger, and is concentrated in some of the poorest countries of sub-Saharan Africa. Ireland’s aid programme has a rigorous focus on achieving real and sustainable results and provides strong international leadership in making aid more effective, for the ultimate benefit of the world’s poorest people.

This Government was elected to restore growth to the Irish economy and rebuild Ireland’s international reputation. We face huge challenges in ensuring that our public finances are put back on a sound and sustainable footing. Despite our current difficulties we are not willing to turn our backs on the worlds poor and marginalised.

The Programme for Government underlines our commitment to Ireland’s development programme and to the UN ODA target of 0.7% of Gross National Product (GNP). As recently as late last month at the UN General Assembly the Tánaiste clearly stated that we remain committed to this 0.7% target and will continue to work to achieve it.

Decisions on the annual allocations for the aid programme in the coming years will have to be taken within the overall budgetary framework and the fiscal constraints facing the Government. We are currently engaged in the Estimates process and, while the final budget allocation for next year will be a matter for decision by Government, I can assure you that, as Minister with responsibility for trade and development, I will make the strongest possible case for funding for development cooperation.

Jan O’Sullivan T.D.
Minister of State