One of the criteria that the Simon Cumbers Media Fund judging panel consider when deciding to grant funding is the relevance of the application to Irish Aid’s Priority Areas for Action and the potential to increase public understanding of global development issues.
The priority areas of Irish Aid reflect a strong mandate from the Irish public for Ireland to continue to lead in the fight against global poverty and hunger.
Reduced hunger, stronger resilience
Ireland’s top priority continues to be reducing hunger and vulnerability, and building people’s resilience to natural and other disasters. Under this goal, Irish Aid seeks to ensure that the links between hunger and other development challenges, such as environmental protection and gender inequality, are better understood and acted upon with the urgency that they require.
This enables Irish Aid to focus more on countries that are facing humanitarian crises, those in situations of fragility and those recovering from conflict.
Goal 2: Inclusive and sustainable economic growth
To achieve a sustainable solution to poverty, countries need to generate their own revenues through sustained and equitable economic growth leading to employment, revenue growth, trade, investment, and enhanced human wellbeing. Under this goal, Irish Aid seeks to work strategically in countries to advance pro-poor economic growth and sustainable development, supporting efforts that respond effectively to climate change.
Goal 3: Better governance, human rights and accountability
Stronger governance, the pursuit of human rights – including gender equality – and better accountability are powerful drivers to ensuring the reduction of hunger, the building of resilience, and the promotion of inclusive and sustainable growth. Under this goal, Irish Aid supports the building of better governance and accountability, and the protection and promotion of human rights, throughout all of our work.
Priority areas for action
In order to deliver on these goals, seven priority areas for action will guide Irish Aid’s aid spending and its policy engagement