Development Co-operation Directorate

DAC member profile: Ireland


Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 1985.

Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2016

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See full profile in the Development Co-operation Report 2016.

In 2015,  Ireland provided USD 718 million in net ODA (preliminary data), which represented 0.36% of gross national income (GNI) and a 1.9% increase in real terms from 2014. Ireland is the 12th largest Development Assistance Committee ( DAC) in terms of ODA as a percentage of GNI, and the 19th largest in terms of volume. In its budget statement for 2016, the government increased, for the first time in seven years, the ODA budget. Ireland, like other EU member countries, made a new commitment to meeting the 0.7% ODA/GNI target by 2030. Its share of untied ODA (excluding administrative costs and in-donor refugee costs) was 98% in 2014 (down from 100% in 2013 and 2012), compared with the DAC average of 80.6%. The grant element of total ODA was 100% in 2014.

Peer review findings: 2014

Latest evaluation reports

Ireland is one of the best performing donors when it comes to directing its development aid to the world’s neediest countries, according to the latest peer review of Ireland. “Ireland’s efforts to help the world’s neediest people while going through a tough economic time itself are impressive. It sets an example with its focus on food security in the poorest and most vulnerable countries and with its commitment to high-quality development aid that is seen to have a real impact,” said DAC Chair Erik Solheim.

Access Ireland's latest evaluation reports on the DAC Evaluation Resource Centre (DEReC).

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