Tánaiste to launch the 2017 Irish Aid Annual Report
Press release01 October 2018
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, T.D., will launch the 2017 Irish Aid Annual Report on Tuesday, 2nd October 2018 at 17:30 in the CHQ Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1.
Speaking in advance of this launch, the Tánaiste said that Ireland’s aid programme has been recognised as one of the best such programmes in the world:
“The quality and effectiveness of Ireland’s international development programme ensures that millions of vulnerable people are assisted out of poverty and conflict every year. In 2017 we reached people in over 130 countries worldwide and we are now looking to the public to help shape how Ireland will continue this work into the future. Your insights and ideas will help to guide this process and your voice is vital in shaping this new policy. By continuing and building on this work, Ireland’s voice at the United Nations and other international bodies will be amplified. This good reputation will assist Ireland in our tough race to win a UN Security Council seat for 2021 and 2022.”
The Annual Report sets out the results achieved by Ireland’s international development programme, Irish Aid, in 2017, when Ireland’s total overseas development assistance amounted to €743 million reaching over 130 countries. Ireland maintains its traditional strong focus on specific countries in Africa and on least-developed, fragile and conflict affected states.
€181 million was provided in humanitarian assistance in 2017 in response to the increasing levels of humanitarian need worldwide.
The report also highlights the work that Ireland’s development assistance is doing, on behalf of the Irish people, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Tánaiste added:
“The SDGs remind us that those furthest behind are not always to be found in places where Ireland has traditionally worked. It is therefore vital that as we look to double the scope and impact of Ireland’s global footprint, we also recommit to helping the world’s most vulnerable and this is something which will remain as one of the key priorities of our new international development policy.”
2 October 2018