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2014 Irish Aid Annual Report

Budget/funding, Hunger, Poverty, News/feature, Ireland, 2015
2014 Irish Aid annual report

The 2014 Irish Aid Annual Report details the many results delivered through Ireland’s aid programme, Irish Aid.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, and Minister of State for Development, Seán Sherlock launched the Irish Aid Annual Report 2014‌ in Iveagh House on July 8th.

The Report details the many results delivered through Ireland’s aid programme, Irish Aid, across our partner countries and beyond in 2014.

There was particularly impressive progress in Irish Aid’s key partner countries. In Ethiopia, for example, Irish Aid’s support for maternal health services for poor rural women has contributed to a 70% reduction in maternal mortality.  In Zambia, our support for social cash transfers has contributed to a doubling of the number of female-headed households covered by a basic level of social protection. In Tanzania, our support for nutrition programmes has contributed to an 8% drop in chronic malnutrition rates.

Ireland’s response to humanitarian crises in 2014 is also outlined, with some €85 million provided to assist vulnerable people in countries such as Syria, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  269 tonnes of essential supplies were provided to vulnerable populations under our Rapid Response Initiative.  In addition, almost €18 million was provided in Sierra Leone and Liberia to respond to the Ebola crisis.

Figures from the Annual Report show that 20% of Irish Aid expenditure was directed to tackling hunger, with 16% spent on health programmes, and 10% on human rights and governance. Ireland’s humanitarian assistance accounted for 17% of ODA expenditure. Regarding the channel of delivery, 49% was channelled through multilateral organisations such as the UN, EU and the development banks, with 27% channelled through NGOs, and 12% through our partner governments.

Figures from the Annual Report show that 20% of Irish Aid expenditure was directed to tackling hunger, with 16% spent on health programmes, and 10% on human rights and governance.

In addition to programme results, there were very significant policy developments in 2014. Irish Aid’s Framework for Action was launched in September, which together with Ireland’s international development policy, One World, One Future, will guide policy and programming decisions of the aid programme until 2017. 

2014 also saw a peer review of our aid programme by the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee. The Peer Review commended the Irish Aid programme for its focus on the poorest countries, and for reaching those most in need.  It recognised that Ireland has a clear overall vision for development cooperation, which is integral to its foreign policy.

For more details on Irish Aid results and expenditure, download the full Irish Aid Annual Report 2014‌ now.

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Irish Aid Annual Report 2014

Irish Aid's 2014 Annual Report details the many results delivered through Ireland’s aid programme, Irish Aid, across our partner countries and beyond in 2014. It includes key policy developments, and details of Irish Aid expenditure across the world.Download PDF (4,216KB)