Irish Aid is the Government of Ireland’s programme for overseas development. The programme is managed by the Development Cooperation Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is an integral part of Ireland’s wider foreign policy.
The main aim of the Irish Aid programme is to reduce poverty and hunger around the world, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
The media play a crucial role in promoting public understanding of global issues. The Simon Cumbers Media Fund was established by Irish Aid in 2005 in memory of the late Irish journalist and cameraman, Simon Cumbers. Irish Aid supports the Fund to help create a space for broader and deeper coverage of global development issues in Irish media. The Fund is intended to bring stories of contemporary life in developing countries to an Irish audience, by facilitating coverage which presents a balanced and realistic picture of the challenges – and also the opportunities – that communities in developing countries face.
Full details of the work of Irish Aid – including its partner countries and priority issues – are available at www.irishaid.ie.
Please Note: The views and opinions expressed in articles funded under the Simon Cumbers Media Fund are those of the journalist and / or their interviewees. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Irish Aid, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or the Irish Government.
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