Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 1985.
Ireland’s ODA in 2011 was USD 904 million, a reduction from 2010 levels of a little over 3% in real terms. After increasing its ODA in 2007 and 2008 (by 6% and 8% respectively), Ireland started to cut ODA in 2009 (by 18%) and continued to do so in 2010 (by 4%).
Ireland’s ODA as a share of its gross national income stood at 0.52% in both 2010 and 2011, down from 0.54% in 2009. Ireland remains committed to achieving the EU target of giving 0.7% of its gross national income (GNI) as ODA by 2015.
Key Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2012 (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.