Now more than ever we need to ensure that every cent of overseas aid results in changes for the better in the lives of poor people and poor communities. Irish Aid works hard alongside partners to ensure that we work in ways that are effective and, most importantly, deliver results.
Striving for better results
To help us make sure our aid is working well, we manage it carefully and judge its success on the impact it has on the lives of poor people. Evidence emerged in the 1990s that although the international community could identify some successes in relation to the impact of aid, a lot of the development expected in poor countries had not been achieved.
In doing so, we are guided by a number of key international agreements aimed at improving the quality of aid.
And we use our membership of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) to discuss policy and identify good practices on aid effectiveness. This means that our aid is well managed, transparent, accountable and, most importantly, produces results.
A world class aid programme
We take our domestic and international accountability obligations seriously. And because we do, our aid programme has been consistently ranked as world class.
We are internationally recognised for promoting good practice on aid effectiveness. This is reflected in the 2009 OECD DAC Peer Review of Ireland's development co-operation, which described Irish Aid as a ‘champion in making aid more effective.’
Our approach in practice
In practice, this means that we have developed, and are implementing, at every stage of the planning and implementation process, an approach to our own work and to that of our partners that focuses on results and effecting changes in the lives of poor people.
To help us in working in this way, we have developed a framework for planning strategically, for managing risk, for monitoring progress, for measuring performance and for evaluating results.
In parallel, we have ensured that our staff and others are trained and that our oversight systems support this focus on results.
Working with partners at country level
This approach, implemented in our partner countries, is set out in our Results-based Management Approach to Country Strategy Papers.
Working with multilateral partners
We work primarily through the governance structures of relevant international bodies and networks to improve the way multilateral aid achieves results.
In addition we work closely with our partner countries and with the following donor networks:
- the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD
- the Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN)
- the Rubens Group, which looks at the results of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
- the Utstein Group, which looks at improving the work of the UN, including the wider UN reforms
The DAC Annual Report on Multilateral Aid 2012 version presents a comprehensive analysis of the latest trends in DAC members’ funding of the multilateral system.
Working with our civil society partners
We work closely with our civil society partners to strengthen the focus on development effectiveness and results. The new Programme Grant provides long-term development funding to NGO partners with adequate organisational capacity and a record of sound grant management. Funding allocations to these partners are made on the basis of a Resource Allocation Model which factors in criteria assessing NGOs’ ability to manage their programmes in order to produce results for the poorest and most vulnerable communities.
The focus on results has also been extended to other civil society funding streams, i.e. the Civil Society Fund, Development Education and other partnerships. This focus will continue to be embedded and strengthened in the period ahead, particularly through an increased emphasis on monitoring of NGO partners.
Want to find out more?
Every four years the OECD DAC undertakes a peer review of its' members aid programme. Read the latest Peer Review Report to find out what they had to say about Ireland's aid programme.