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.
Responding to the Tϋrkiye-Syria earthquake
When the devastating earthquake hit Tϋrkiye and Syria in February, Ireland provided vital humanitarian help to survivors.
Ireland's impact around the world
Ireland invested €976 m in supporting communities around the world in 2021.
Grants up to €250,000 available
The Africa Agri-Food Development Programme (AADP) supports Irish agri-food businesses in Africa.
A Better World
Global Ireland, the Government’s strategy for doubling the scope and impact of Ireland’s global footprint and influence by 2025, recognises that international development cooperation amplifies and sustains Ireland’s place in an interconnected world.
It is at the heart of Ireland’s contribution to a more equal, peaceful and sustainable world.
A Better World is Ireland’s policy for international development.