DAC member profile: Ireland


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

Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2014

DCR 2014 Ireland

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In 2013, Ireland provided USD 822 million ODA (preliminary data), which represented 0.45% of gross national income (GNI) and a 1.9% decrease in real terms from 2012. This decrease compares favourably to the 2010-12 threeyear average decrease of 4.4% and the 18.4% decrease in 2009. At 0.45%, Ireland’s ratio of ODA to GNI ranked 10th among DAC donors in 2013. Ireland is committed to meeting the 0.7% ODA/GNI target as soon as economic circumstances permit. All of its ODA (excluding administrative costs and in-donor refugee costs) was untied in 2012. The grant element of total ODA was 100% in 2012.

Peer review findings

Latest evaluation report

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.

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