What we do
Irish Aid is the Government of Ireland’s development cooperation programme. The programme works with partners around the world to tackle poverty, hunger and humanitarian need in over 130 countries.
Ireland believes in creating a more equal, peaceful and sustainable world. We support long-term development programmes to help bring about positive change in the lives of people around the world. We also fund humanitarian relief to provide targeted aid to people experiencing crisis.
Our work contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is focused on reaching those furthest behind first. The work of Irish Aid is guided by A Better World, Ireland’s policy for international development.
Furthest behind first
Ireland’s development programme has long been recognised for its focus on “the poorest of the poor”. We believe development is sustainable only if it is inclusive.
Ireland believes in a world with universal respect for human rights. We know this can be achieved only through gender equality. That is why gender equality is at the heart of Ireland’s development cooperation.
Climate change affects everyone, but not equally. We work to support some of the most vulnerable people in the world to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Reducing humanitarian need
Providing life-saving assistance and protection to people in need of humanitarian aid is a priority for Ireland.
Civil society space is central to democracy. Ireland works across its development, political and diplomatic engagement, to promote civic space.
Food and nutrition
The right to food and adequate nutrition is one of the most fundamental of all human rights. The fight against hunger is central to all Irish Aid’s work.
Health is a fundamental human right. Ireland believes that investing in good health is essential for reducing poverty.
Education is a human right. It is fundamental to individual wellbeing, to sustainable development and to social cohesion.
Social protection provides income support, employment and other services to vulnerable people.
Peace and stability
Ireland’s engagement in conflict resolution and peacebuilding is grounded in our own experience.
Global citizenship education
Irish Aid provides Global Citizenship Education (GCE) through a range of programmes and supports.
Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a roadmap for creating a better world. They address the many causes of poverty, injustice and damage to our planet.