Ireland’s commitment to Official Development Assistance (ODA)

Posted on Thursday, 28 February 2019
a better world

Social Justice Ireland welcomes the publication of ‘A Better World: Ireland’s Policy for International Development’, which outlines the Government’s commitment to reaching the UN target of allocating 0.7% of our GNI to official development assistance by 2030.  The reiteration of the commitment to Ireland’s ODA target is welcome, and Government is to be commended for setting a date by which it will meet this target. 

However, in order to maximise the impact of our Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) programme and to assist developing countries in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals we urge Government to be ambitious and frontload investment between now and 2025.  This would bring our ODA commitment in line with Global Ireland, the strategy for doubling the scope and impact of Ireland’s global footprint and influence by 2025. 

To read our full response and recommendations click here.