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Irish Aid Annual Report 2021

Irish Aid Annual Report 2021 (English)

Rialtas Na hEireann Cúnamh Oifigiúil Forbartha Tuarascáil Bhliantúil 2021 (Gaeilge)

In 2021, the Government of Ireland invested more than €976 million in Official Development Assistance. The majority of this funding (€569 million) was overseen and managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs through the government’s international development programme.

Ireland priorities are to:

• Reduce humanitarian need
• Support climate action
• Promote gender equality
• Strengthen governance

We provide aid to support the most vulnerable communities, and strive to create lasting improvements in the lives of those living in poverty. To these ends, we form partnerships with governments, international organisations, civil society groups, private sector organisations and international nongovernmental organisations. We believe that global problems can be tackled most effectively through collective action.

The theme for the 2021 Irish Aid Annual report was Climate Action, one of Ireland’s key ODA priorities. The Department of Foreign Affairs Climate Unit has refined our climate priorities into three main areas of work: Adaptation and building resilience to climate change, Sustainable oceans and the blue economy and, Climate and security.

Some Key Facts 2021:

  • The top ten partner countries to receive Irish Aid support in 2021
  • Ireland is consistently ranked by the OECD DAC among the member countries with the highest gender equality focus in ODA. In the latest validated data from the OECD, Ireland ranked third on gender equality spending.
  • Ireland is a steadfast supporter of humanitarian aid and a vital advocate for gender-sensitive humanitarian action. As a top supporter of the UN humanitarian pooled funds, Ireland helps the world’s most vulnerable people get life-saving assistance.