Ireland reaffirms commitment to ODA

2024 will see an increase in Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs' development cooperation budget.

11 October 2023
Tánaiste Micheál Martin speaking at a Budget 2024 press conference

More people impacted by food shortages and climate change will benefit from an increase to the Department of Foreign Affairs' development and humanitarian budget.

Almost 350 million people across the world are now facing hunger and malnutrition due to broken food systems – that’s double the number since 2020.

The €60 million hike announced for Budget 2024 reaffirms Ireland's commitment to development assistance and will bring the total figure to €776.5 million.

Tánaiste Micheál Martin said: “With the world facing ever greater challenges from the impact of climate change, conflict and food insecurity, I welcome the increase in Budget 2024 of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ development assistance budget.

“This increase will allow Ireland to reach more people, particularly those impacted by climate change and humanitarian crisis.

“The provision of an additional €42.5 million in climate finance ensures that we are on schedule to meet our commitment to provide at least €225 million per year in climate finance by 2025.”

Minister for International Development and Diaspora, Sean Fleming, added: “This increased commitment to development assistance will allow us to further strengthen Ireland’s response to hunger and malnutrition around the world.”

Based on current estimates, total Official Development Assistance (ODA) from across Government for 2024 will amount to €2 billion.


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