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DAC peer review of Irish Aid programme launched

Aid Effectiveness, News/feature, Ireland, 2014
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“Ireland supports and enables partner governments and civil society organisations to lead their development efforts”

DAC peer review of Irish Aid programme launched

The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has just released its “Peer Review” of Ireland’s aid programme, Irish Aid.  The review praises Ireland’s aid programme, Irish Aid, and in particular its contribution to tackling hunger and poverty.

The Review was launched today, December 2nd, at Government Buildings in Dublin with DAC Chair,  Erik Solheim, government officials and civil society organisations.

The Review commends Ireland for having a clear overall vision for development cooperation,  which is integral to its foreign policy. It adds that Ireland “delivers effectively on its commitment to international development and to promoting global public goods, such as peace, human rights and food security.”  It also commends Ireland for grounding its policies in the needs and priorities of its partner countries.

The Review commends Ireland for having a clear overall vision for development cooperation.

“Ireland supports and enables partner governments and civil society organisations to lead their development efforts, while ensuring that it has a good understanding about the context in which it operates. Partners value Ireland as an honest broker, and a trusted and long-term partner.” 

The Review notes that Ireland plays a leadership role at global level by working with other countries and civil society to take on and advocate for its priority issues: “Ireland’s successful efforts internationally on hunger and nutrition show how it rallies a range of actors behind a common objective.”In addition, Irish Aid is meeting its target of spending 20% of its budget on fighting hunger, and is meeting its commitments in terms of aid expenditure on gender equality and environment.

The review praises Ireland’s commitment to delivering its development programme according to international best practices and the principles for making aid more effective. 

On the global stage, it states that Ireland continues to punch above its weight on humanitarian and resilience issues. 

“Ireland has embraced a strong commitment to build resilience and has successfully embedded that commitment across its programmes and processes; other donors could learn from this. There is also a holistic effort to support recovery across programme design and funding mechanisms.”

Read Online: OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Ireland 2014