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In response to overwhelming levels of humanitarian suffering across the globe, Ireland has given an extra €9 million in funding to one of our key humanitarian partners - the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). This new contribution brings our total support to the CERF to €22 million this year alone and shows Ireland’s strong commitment to saving lives through humanitarian assistance.
Now in its 10th year, the Emergency Response Fund Scheme (ERFS) was established to promote early action and reduce loss of life in a sudden humanitarian crisis. Irish Aid has just allocated €2.7 million to six humanitarian partners under the Scheme for 2017: Concern Worldwide, Trócaire, Christian Aid Ireland, Plan International Ireland, World Vision Ireland and Oxfam Ireland.
How does the Fund work?
The scheme is particularly geared towards the initial weeks after the onset of an emergency and targets those in immediate need.
Minister McHugh Launches Irish Aid Annual Report 2015
The Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh T.D., has launched Irish Aid’s Annual Report for 2015 at an event held this evening in Dublin Castle, attended by many of Ireland’s civil society organisations working in overseas development, and the heads of Ireland’s diplomatic missions abroad.
Land mines kill and maim thousands of civilians every year, and impede development by blocking access to agriculture, education and healthcare. Worldwide, Irish Aid supports its demining partners to remove these deadly mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) from the ground so that communities and their children can live safer, more productive lives.
Ireland’s Humanitarian Assistance Policy outlines how we will save and protect lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity before, during and in the aftermath of humanitarian crises.
Ireland’s overseas aid programme is helping to lift millions of people out of poverty and hunger; reducing the number of mothers who die in childbirth and helping to tackle major health crises, including Ebola.
Minister Costello highlights results at the launch of the Irish Aid Annual Report
Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, TD, today launched the 2013 Irish Aid Annual Report, which sets out the results achieved by Ireland’s international development programme, Irish Aid.
Speaking at the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre on Dublin’s O’Connell Street, Minister Costello said:
“2013 was a significant year for Irish Aid and the Irish people can be proud of what their overseas development aid programme has achieved.
This morning Minister of State Joe Costello met with the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, to discuss Ireland’s contribution to the UN’s Humanitarian Response Depots (UNHRD). At the meeting Minister Costello and Ertharin Cousin signed a Letter of Understanding between Ireland and the UNHRD.
The fight to end extreme poverty and hunger in the world remains one of the most pressing global challenges. But it is important to bear in mind that, working together in partnership, developed and developing countries have achieved some remarkable development results over the last 10 years. Between 2005 and 2010, the total number of poor people around the world fell by nearly half a billion. Millions of child deaths have been avoided thanks to greater access to vaccines and mosquito nets. 40 million more children are going to school today than at the turn of the millennium.
Ireland’s support to women’s empowerment in the dGender equality is both a human right and fundamental to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Eamon Gilmore T.D., and former President, Mary Robinson, today announced the launch of Ireland’s National Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 relating to women, peace and security.
Ireland’s development cooperation programme, which is managed by Irish Aid in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is a practical expression of the core principles of our foreign policy, and of our values as a people. Ireland’s place in the world is defined by our commitment to justice, equality, human dignity and respect for human rights, and by our solidarity with those whose lives and futures are blighted by extreme poverty and hunger.
In a world already facing serious global
development challenges, including the impact of climate change, food insecurity,
population growth and persistent and growing inequality, the economic and
financial crisis has had a particularly severe impact on people living
in the poorest and least developed countries. Coming in the wake of huge
increases in food prices in 2007 and 2008, the crisis will make it more
difficult for the poorest developing countries, particularly in sub- Saharan
Africa, to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
Minister for Overseas Development, Mr Peter Power T.D., today announced additional funding of €450,000 to support Valid Nutrition, an Irish charity which has been instrumental in the treatment and prevention of hunger in children under five.
Valid Nutrition and its partners have developed an innovative approach to the treatment of severe acute malnutrition in children called Community-based Therapeutic Care (CTC).
i. This is a joint evaluation that assesses Ireland‟s ability to implement its international aid effectiveness commitments, as set out in the 2005 Paris Declaration and the 2008 Accra Agenda for Action. It is one of several similar exercises that contribute to a wider OECD/DAC evaluation into aid effectiveness. The team comprised an independent evaluator (who led the work) and two senior staff from the Department of Foreign Affairs. Findings are those of the team alone.
The Irish Aid programme is integral to Ireland's foreign policy and has consistently focused on the needs of least developed countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. It is managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs to the highest international standards. A major review of the programme undertaken by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) over the past year concluded that Ireland is "a champion in making aid more effective".
The report is divided into five chapters. The first chapter provides a background to the study; the methodology used; and outlines the main conceptual ideas underpinning DRR. The second chapter identifies common approaches, strategies, lessons and challenges faced by MAPS partners in introducing DRR within their organisations. The third chapter details the approach to DRR taken by Trócaire in Central America. The fourth chapter outlines main lessons identified by the participants in the thematic study.
Statement on Overseas Development Assistance by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin, T.D., and the Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power, T.D.
Ireland has built up a strong, internationally-renowned aid programme, which is firmly focused on the poorest people and communities in the developing world. We very much regret that it has been necessary to reduce funding to the programme for 2009. The reduction announced today is one of a series of measures required to restore the public finances and establish a solid platform for renewed economic growth.