Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 1985.
Ireland’s ODA in 2012 was USD 809 million, a 5.8% decrease in real terms from 2011. Although Ireland increased its ODA in 2007 and 2008 (by 6% and 8% respectively), it had to cut ODA by 18% in 2009 due to the onset of the economic crisis in 2008; ODA has continued to decrease since then.
Ireland’s ODA/GNI ratio stood at 0.48% in 2012, continuing the downward trend that started after the 0.59% peak in 2008. Ireland remains committed to achieving the target of 0.7% of its gross national income (GNI) as ODA. Recognising the present economic difficulties, Ireland will endeavour to maintain ODA expenditure at current levels, while moving towards the 0.7% target when the economy improves.
Key Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2013 (DCR)
Ireland’s net official development assistance (ODA) was USD 1.3 billion in 2008, a 90% increase over 2003 in real terms. Ireland’s aid grew from 0.39% of gross national income in 2003 to 0.58% in 2008 during a period of exceptional national economic growth. Ireland ranked sixth among DAC members in 2007 in terms of ODA as a percentage of GNI. As a result of the global economic crisis, the Irish Government, however, reduced Ireland’s budget for overseas development by EUR 95 million in 2009. The DAC strongly urges the Irish Government to continue working toward meeting its 0.7% ODA/GNI target in 2012.
The evaluation of Irish Aid's Zambia Country Strategy 2007-10 indicates that Irish Aid has made a range of contributions to the reduction of poverty and inequality in Zambia. The evaluation found that the programme was also closely aligned with the Government of Zambia's plans and strategies and Irish Aid's corporate priorities.