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09 Jan 2017 description
infographic Government of Ireland

At the beginning of 2017, approximately 65 million people worldwide are displaced from their homes and 130 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of ongoing violence, conflict and natural disaster.

Ireland is responding to these people’s urgent needs through our humanitarian assistance programme, managed by Irish Aid.

16 Jun 2016 description

On Monday 13 June, Irish Aid airlifted 23 tonnes of emergency relief items to families displaced by recent flooding in Ethiopia.

The El Niño weather event, one of the strongest ever measured, has caused unpredictable and severe weather conditions in Ethiopia. The country has experienced its worst drought in decades. Food production has declined dramatically, and the food and nutrition security situation in many parts of Ethiopia has deteriorated significantly. Over 10 million people are in need of assistance.

29 Jan 2016 description

Minister Charles Flanagan, MoS Sean Sherlock, Irish Aid, Press Releases, Africa, 2016,

- Ireland has now contributed €9.1 million emergency humanitarian relief for Ethiopian crisis

- Ministers acknowledge the scale of the humanitarian crisis and the leadership role played by the Ethiopian Government

05 Jan 2016 description

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan TD, and the Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock TD, have announced that Ireland is providing €11.75 million in humanitarian assistance through the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund to strengthen the UN’s response to the unprecedented level of humanitarian crisis worldwide. This will bring the total amount of humanitarian assistance provided by Ireland through the Government’s aid programme to €100 million in 2015.

Minister Flanagan stated:

21 Nov 2015 description

The Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation Seán Sherlock has announced that the Irish Government will contribute an additional €2 million to the international response to the drought in Ethiopia.

13 Nov 2015 description

“As world leaders discuss climate change at the UN Climate Conference in Paris, we bring you stories of Irish Aid’s work to help poor communities tackle the effects of climate change”

Lake Hawassa and its surrounding area in southern Ethiopia has suffered from environmental damage and climate change, with its soil, water and forest resources damaged by the expansion of agricultural land. An Irish Aid supported programme is helping to restore damaged land, to the benefit of over 40,000 locals, including small farmers and landless youth.

08 Oct 2015 description

MoS Sean Sherlock, Minister Charles Flanagan, Irish Aid, Press Releases, Ireland, 2015,

Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Mr. Charlie Flanagan T.D, & Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Mr. Seán Sherlock, T.D., Announce Additional €3 million Humanitarian Assistance Funding for South Sudan, Nigeria and Burundi.

10 Feb 2015 description

Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, announced today that the Government is to contribute €3 million to provide food, medicines, education and vital supplies to thousands of families in South Sudan who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of conflict.

Widespread violence from the civil war in South Sudan has forced almost 2 million people to flee their homes, the majority of whom have been displaced within South Sudan, while almost half a million people have taken refuge in neighbouring countries.

23 Dec 2014 description

23/12/14 MoS Sean Sherlock, Irish Aid, Press Releases, Africa, 2014,

The Government is to provide funding of €2 million to aid agencies responding to the worsening crisis in South Sudan, Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, announced today. The funding will be used to provide clean water and to tackle hunger among vulnerable communities in South Sudan and in refugee camps across the border, in Ethiopia.

05 Nov 2014 description

The Government is to provide €2 million to aid agencies responding to the deepening crisis in South Sudan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, and Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, have announced.

16 May 2012 description

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, TD, today announced €8 million in funding to tackle child under-nutrition and support cutting-edge research to boost agricultural productivity in the developing world.

The Tánaiste also announced that Ireland has met the target of investing 20% of the Irish Aid budget in targeted and effective programmes to tackle global hunger. The target was set following publication of the Hunger Task Force Report of 2008.

23 Jan 2012 description

The Minister of State for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., begins a five-day visit to Ethiopia on Monday (23 January) to see the impact of Ireland’s development programme.

Minister Costello will visit schools, health centres and agriculture projects which are supported by Ireland and targeted at the poorest communities in Ethiopia.

14 Dec 2011 description

The Minister of State for Trade and Development, Jan O’Sullivan T.D., today announced €250,000 in emergency funding to provide food, water and shelter to thousands of Sudanese refugees fleeing violence.

Minister O’Sullivan said Ireland would provide funding to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNCHR) to support its efforts to provide emergency care to those arriving in refugee camps in western Ethiopia.

26 Sep 2011 description

The Tánaiste and Minster for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., has called on the international community to find a long term solution to the famine in the Horn of Africa.

Speaking at an international summit at the United Nations in New York (full statement below), which was opened by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the Tánaiste stressed the importance of breaking the cycle of famine in the Horn of Africa, where more than 85,000 people have died this year as the result of a long-running drought.

23 Jul 2011 description

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore T.D. met this afternoon with Mary Robinson to discuss the situation in the Horn of Africa. Ms Robinson briefed the Tánaiste on her recent visit to the region. She emphasised the urgent need for the international community to provide an effective and comprehensive response in order to save the thousands of lives that are now at risk.

Following the meeting the Tánaiste said:

23 Oct 2009 description

Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power, today responded rapidly to the emerging food crisis in Ethiopia with the announcement of €1.35 million in humanitarian assistance.

Figures released by the Ethiopian Government yesterday (October 22) indicate that the number of people in need of emergency food relief has risen to 6.2 million.

Commenting on the crisis, Minister Power said:

"I am deeply concerned about the increase in the number of Ethiopians facing food shortages.

17 Feb 2009 description

The Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power T.D., is in Ethiopia to see first hand the fight against hunger. As a result of rainfall failure, poor crop production and high food prices, last year 13.8 million Ethiopians (over 18% of the population) suffered from food shortages. Minister Power's visit focuses on Ireland's assistance, particularly for the Tigray region where we support a wide range of projects to increase food production and promote rural livelihoods.

05 May 2008 description

'Sharply escalating global food prices and the developing humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia are matters for the deepest concern'

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern T.D.,

16 May 2006 description

Mr. Conor Lenihan T.D., Minister of State for Development Cooperation, announces €10 million in support for NGOs bringing humanitarian and recovery support to Africa.

Minister Lenihan said:

"I am delighted to announce this package of support to some of our key NGO partners.