2005: A momentous year for development
Statement by Conor Lenihan T.D., Minister
of State on the work of Ireland's official aid programme
2005 has been a momentous year for development
Here at home, a key decision has been
taken. The Government has set itself the ambitious, but achievable, goal
of reaching the UN target of 0.7% of GNP to be spent on aid. We have also
set out a number of benchmarks against which our progress towards achieving
the target can be measured.
As a first step, our aid spending in
2006 will be more than €675 million, its highest ever level.