Irish Aid

Ireland’s support for communities around the world is a reflection of Irish values of fairness, equality and solidarity.

Ireland has a long tradition of standing in solidarity with people facing poverty, inequality and injustice around the world.

We believe in creating a better world for everyone. For almost 50 years, Irish Aid, the Irish Government’s official development assistance (ODA) programme, has worked to make that a reality.

Working on behalf of the Irish people, Irish Aid helps to build better futures by supporting long-term development and providing humanitarian assistance.

International development priorities

Ireland has four key international development priorities:

  • Reducing humanitarian need
  • Climate action
  • Gender equality
  • Strengthening governance.

We focus on areas where Ireland has proven expertise and can make a real difference. These include conflict prevention and resolution, humanitarian action, agriculture and nutrition, health, social protection and education.

In 2023, Ireland will invest an unprecedented €1.2bn in supporting development and humanitarian assistance around the world. This is the most Ireland has ever invested in global development – a sign of Ireland’s commitment to standing in solidarity with people around the world.

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Responding to the Tϋrkiye-Syria earthquake

When the devastating earthquake hit Tϋrkiye and Syria in February, Ireland provided vital humanitarian help to survivors.

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Ireland's impact around the world

Ireland invested €976 m in supporting communities around the world in 2021.

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Grants up to €250,000 available

The Africa Agri-Food Development Programme (AADP) supports Irish agri-food businesses in Africa.

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Africa Day 2023

Africa Day is Ireland’s annual celebration of the cultural, trade and people-to-people links between our small island and the vast continent of Africa.