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Irish Aid Annual Report 2022

In 2022, the Government of Ireland invested almost €2.3 billion in Official Development Assistance (ODA). This represents 0.63% of GNI. The figure includes eligible first-year costs of €880 million associated with the provision of services for Ukrainian refugees in Ireland. Excluding costs relating to Ukrainian refugees, the figure for Ireland’s 2022 ODA is €1.4 billion, representing 0.39% of GNI.

Irish Aid Annual Report 2022

Concern provided Hawanatu with supplies and training to help her community improve their food security through climate smart agricultural practices.

Official Development Assistance

Ireland continues to provide aid to support the world's most vulnerable communities. We strive to create permanent improvements in the lives of those furthest behind. To achieve this, we engage in partnerships with governments, civil society groups, international organisations, the private sector and international non-governmental organisations.

We fund programmes in more than 130 countries, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia.

Sustainable Development Goals

Ireland remains committed to the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for peace and prosperity for people and the planet.

A Better World: Ireland’s Policy for International Development (2019), guides our policy on development. In A Better World, we set out how our international development work can contribute to achieving the SDGs.

Ireland's development priorities are to:

  • reduce humanitarian need
  • promote gender equality
  • strengthen governance
  • support climate action.

Merina Julius, a beneficiary and member of Jifute Crab Fattening Group supported by IUCN through Irish Aid in Msaraza Village, Pangani District, Tanga Region.

Some key facts from 2022

  • 2022 saw record investment in Irish Aid. Excluding costs associated with hosting Ukrainian refugees, Ireland’s ODA in 2022 (€1.4bn) increased by approximately 40% from 2021 levels (€976m). The previous four highest ODA allocations were recorded in 2021 (€976m), 2008 (€921m), 2007 (€871m) and 2019 (€870m).
  • The five countries which received the highest amounts of bilateral ODA support from Ireland in 2022 were: Ukraine (€53m) Ethiopia (€41m) Mozambique (€27m) Tanzania (€25m) Uganda (€24m)
  • Including in-country refugee costs, Ireland’s ODA for 2022 represented 0.63% of GNI. Excluding the cost of hosting Ukrainian refugees, ODA levels represented 0.39% of GNI. This is the highest percentage spend in almost a decade.
  • Irish Aid is a whole-of-Government programme managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Contributions to Ireland’s ODA are made from a range of Departments. These include Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Finance, Department of Environment, Climate and Communications, Department of Health, and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

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