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More than €743m in overseas development assistance provided by Ireland in 2017

Irish Aid’s Annual Report 2017 gives an overview of the work the Irish government is supporting in over 130 countries around the world. The report, which was recently launched by the Tánaiste, highlights Irish Aid’s support for the international response to the Syrian refugee crisis, assistance to those affected by the ongoing conflict in Yemen and help to countries in the Horn of Africa coping with drought and conflict.

In 2017, 128 million people were in need of humanitarian assistance worldwide due to conflict, natural disaster and enforced migration.  More than €180 million in humanitarian assistance was provided in response to high profile emergencies, as well as more protracted crises such as in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo. €25 million in assistance was provided to the humanitarian crisis in Syria, helping those who remain there as well as the vast number of Syrian refugees throughout the region. Ireland strengthened its partnerships with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), as well as the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to ensure Ireland remains on track to achieving its commitments under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Speaking about the results highlighted in the report, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney said: “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.”

The report also highlights the work Irish Aid is doing, on behalf of the Irish people, in Ireland’s key partner countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Irish Aid works directly in a number of countries including Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia.

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.”

Ireland was recently recognised by the Overseas Development Institute as the most efficient donor among countries which target extreme poverty. 

Applicants to the Simon Cumbers Media Fund are encouraged to read Irish Aid’s Annual Report 2017 to grow their understanding of development issues, learn about the work Irish Aid is doing and gain inspiration for potential project ideas.

The Simon Cumbers Media Fund is supported by Irish Aid.