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What we do

The aim of our aid programme is to reduce poverty and hunger, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa where the needs are greatest.  By supporting long term development and providing humanitarian assistance in over eighty countries, on behalf of the Irish people, we are helping to build better futures for some of the world’s poorest communities. 

  • Ben Muma, a member of Lunika Multi-Purpose Co-Op Society, Luwingu, watches over a herd of large Brahman cattle which can fetch large sums at market for co-op members. Photo: Irish Aid

    Focus on Agriculture

    Assisting smallholder farmers to grow more nutritious food for themselves and their families is a priority for Irish Aid.

  • Ruth Cosa dehusking cashew nuts at the MCM factory in Macia, Mozambique.

    Trade and Economic Growth

    Irish Aid focuses on trae and economic growth at national and international level to promote growth that leads to a sustained reduction in poverty.

  • Regional Liaison Officer George Kalamu speaks to trainees in Uganda at a police training session.

    Governance and Human Rights

    Irish Aid recognises that stronger governancethe protection of human rights and effective institutions are central to sustained poverty reduction.

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Our Priority Areas

Our priorities are outlined in One World One Future: Ireland's Policy for International Development. Our focus is on reducing hunger and improving resilience; inclusive and sustainable economic growth; better governance, human rights and accountability

Ireland is playing its part in addressing global poverty and hunger and achieving the Millennium Development Goals in these priority areas.