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Ireland - DAC Peer Review of Development Co-operation, 2009

 

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 6th among DAC members in 2007 in terms of ODA as a percentage of GNI. In 2009, however, as a result of the global economic crisis the Irish Government reduced Ireland’s budget for overseas development by EUR 95 million. The DAC strongly urges the Irish Government to continue working toward meeting its 0.7% ODA/GNI target in 2012.

Ireland is a champion in making aid more effective. Poverty reduction is the overarching goal of Irish Aid, and reflecting this, its programme is well concentrated on a limited number of very poor African countries. Ireland is a predictable and flexible donor, and its attention to local priorities is appreciated by the developing country partners with whom it works.

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Irish Aid’s Multi-Annual Programme Scheme (MAPS)

Irish Aid’s  Multi-Annual  Programme  Scheme are particularly innovative, providing multi-annual strategic programmatic support to organisations with a proven capacity to operate with clear policy guidelines. Agencies receiving funding are expected to establish strong partnerships with Southern civil society organisations. This allows the Southern partner to influence priorities and programme design and gradually take greater ownership and a more significant role in implementation. MAPS partners are also encouraged to co-ordinate with each other and with Irish Aid, particularly when present in the same country. Joint learning forums, joint research initiatives and country-level

MAPS partner meetings are contributing to coherence. Through MAPS, development assistance reaches a wide range of sectors in more than 40 countries. MAPS partners are expected to generate 30% of their total income as voluntary funds raised from the public in Ireland, while institutional funding, including Irish Aid grants, should not be greater than 70% of an organisation’s annual income.

The MAPS provide an opportunity for coherence between the international development agenda, Irish Aid’s agenda and the NGOs’ strategic priorities. The monitoring and evaluation system has shifted away from input-output measures towards impact and outcome measurement; indicators are now agreed by each NGO and Irish Aid at the start of each funding cycle. Overall, the MAPS provide an important opportunity for learning on both sides.

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