Where the Money Goes
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide the overarching framework for Ireland’s international development policy. The policy document is A Better World and you can read it here: A Better World.
Ireland’s focus is on poverty reduction and delivering for the poorest and most vulnerable. We are prioritising gender equality, reducing humanitarian need, climate action and strengthening governance as key strategies for directing our development cooperation to the furthest behind first.A Better World, provides the framework for Ireland’s expanding development cooperation programme, in line with the Government’s commitment to reaching the UN target of allocating 0.7% of our GNI to official development assistance by 2030. It outlines Ireland’s vision of a more equal, peaceful and sustainable world. It charts a clear way forward to achieve this vision, shaping and protecting our stability, our prosperity, our shared interests and our common future.
St Joseph's Compound, a school that educates and teaches hearing impaired children in Makeni Town, Sierra Leone. Africa, 2019. Photo: Philip Behan/DFA
- Our spending in 2020
- How we spend our aid
How we spend our aid
The aim of Ireland’s aid programme is to reduce poverty and hunger, particularly among the poorest and most vulnerable. It supports long-term development and provides humanitarian assistance in over eighty of the world’s poorest countries.
Most of the funding is spent on agriculture and nutrition programmes, health and HIV, education services, and on providing much-needed humanitarian assistance in emergency situations.
Our programme is delivered by a variety of partners and organisations. We work closely with governments, local authorities and communities. We also work closely with a wide range of national and international Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to contribute to the eradication of poverty, hunger and human rights violations. Their reach into poor and marginalised communities and their capacity to respond, especially in humanitarian situations, makes them important partners.
We also give significant support through the UN and EU, which allows us to engage at a global level and provide assistance to areas outside our partner countries.
We channel our aid in a number of ways: through government systems in partner countries, through non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society organizations and through multilateral organisations including the UN agencies.
How we monitor our spending
We are accountable to the Oireachtas and other institutions for our expenditure on aid. Our programme is regularly examined and evaluated in order to ensure it achieves effectiveness and value for money. This is done by:
- auditors based in programme country offices;
- the evaluation and audit team at headquarters;
- international audit firms which Irish Aid commissions to carry out audits;
- the national audit offices of our partner Governments;
- the Audit Committee of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
In addition our aid is spending is monitored by and reported on by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation’s Development’s Development Assistance Committee (OECD DAC). The DAC performs an important function in monitoring aid commitments globally including with respect to the efficiency and effectiveness of the support provided.
In 2019 the DAC reviewed Ireland’s aid programme and their report will be available on their website.
Our ODA is Transparent
In our Annual Report each year, we provide detailed information in the form of text, tables and case studies that show how the Official Development Assistance (ODA) budget for that year is spent. A full analysis of Ireland’s ODA for each year, including ODA managed by other Government Departments, is available in the Annex section of each Annual Report : Ireland's Official Development Assistance Annual Reports
Ireland is an active member of the OECD and reports annually to its Development Assistance Committee on expenditure for the preceding year. Ireland also supports globally recognised transparency standards as the best means of delivering greater international aid transparency. Ireland publishes data on its aid expenditure through the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Standard, available through a number of sources including Ireland’s Open Data Portal, data.gov.ie and the EU Aid Explorer website. The data files are also published and registered on the IATI website. The format used is the required XML format.
The Department will continue to work to maintain and enhance the transparency of international development assistance, playing our part in the governance of the Initiative. Links to the sites are below:
Irish Aid is Transparent
In our Annual Report each year we provide detailed information in the form of text, tables and case studies that show how the Irish Aid budget for that year is spent. In addition, in line with our commitment to aid transparency, outlined in Ireland’s policy on Development Cooperation A Better World, Irish Aid publishes detailed information on its aid programme in the internationally agreed format. For more information on this format and other development actors publications, please visit the website of the International Aid Transparency Initiative.
The following data files are now published and registered on the IATI website. The format used is the required XML format.
- Organistation file 2021
- Organisation File 2020
- Irish Aid Activity File 2021
- Irish Aid Activity File 2020
- Irish Aid Activity File 2019
- Irish Aid Activity File 2018
- Irish Aid Activity File 2017
- Irish Aid Organisational File 2018
- Irish Aid Organisational File 2017
- Irish Aid Budget 2017
- Irish Aid Activity File 2016
- Irish Aid Activity File 2015
This data is registered to the IATI Registry. In accessing this data, users need to be aware of the following:
- A full analysis of Ireland’s ODA for 2016, including ODA managed by other Government Departments, is available in the statistical annexes to the Irish Aid Annual Report.
- Names of individuals and / or service providers are not published.
- The most recent expenditure data published has not been audited.
- Budget data for the current year is for planning purposes only and may be subject to change.
Tuarascálacha Bhliantúil Chúnamh Éireann 2002 – 2019
Sa chnuasach Tuarascálacha Bhliantúil Chúnamh Éireann seo, sonraítear na torthaí go léir a baineadh amach trí chlár cúnaimh na hÉireann, Cúnamh Éireann, inár dtíortha comhpháirtíochta agus níos faide i gcéin i rith na bliana.
Léigh a thuilleadh
De réir na hEagraíochta um Chomhar agus Fhorbairt Eacnamaíochta, in 2011, ba í Éire an seachtú deontóir ba fhlaithiúla san Aontas Eorpach per capita ó thaobh cúnamh oifigiúil forbartha mar chéatadán den ollioncam náisiúnta.