Our aid programme is good for Ireland

07/07/2010 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

Last week’s meetings of the G20 and G8 were disappointing for those of us who believe that global poverty is the greatest problem facing our planet. And they show how difficult it is for politicians to see the bigger picture.

With 1,000,000 people going to bed hungry every day, and nearly 9 million children dying each year before they’ve reached their fifth birthday, global poverty is indeed the biggest problem on earth. A problem that requires coordinated and determined action, in the shape of trade reform and better targeted aid. And a problem that we know we can overcome.

Two reports published this month, one by the UK’s Overseas Development Institute and another by the McKinsey consulting group, show that the global recipe for the eradication of extreme poverty is working.

There now is evidence that the ‘recipe’, agreed at the beginning of this century and consisting of eight “millennium development goals”, is bringing about real changes in the lives of millions of poor people. And, interestingly, 11 of the 20 countries making the most absolute progress towards the Goals are amongst the poorest countries in Africa. The investment of the past is now making a tangible and large-scale difference, and Africa’s economies are growing at ever increasing rates.

McKinsey is predicting the rise of Africa’s economic lions, akin to Asia’s Tiger economies. Overseas aid is contributing to international stability, encouraging trade, and helping to create new economic partnerships with Africa’s 900 million potential producers and consumers. Aid is helping to improve the climate for investment in developing countries and is generating enormous amounts of good-will towards Ireland and Irish companies. Our aid programme is the catalyst for many of these opportunities. What’s more, it is Ireland’s calling card to the world.

And our overseas aid programme can help us get out of the downturn: Our strategy to combat the recession is based on the need to repair the damage to our international reputation that has arisen out of the banking crisis. We now need to demonstrate that we are a country capable of keeping its promises, and willing to play its full role in the global society of states. Through the aid programme, we are given a chance to do just that.

We must, therefore, deliver on our overseas aid promise. We cannot afford not to.

Entry filed under: Overseas aid. Tags: , , , , , , , .

Dóchas supports review of impact of Decentralisation Aid or Trade?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 210 other followers


Dóchas on Twitter

The World's Best News - images

Meet "Chocolate Mamas", producers of chocolate in #Tanzania, creating Tanzanian jobs. 
While #cocoa is grown in West Africa and Asia,
most #chocolate (the finished product) is made in Europe or the USA.

Meet Jaki Kweka, who is trying to change that. By creating protected areas and national parks and by limiting the spread of soy bean cultivation, Brazil has managed to drastically reduce the amount of rain forest being cleared.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/deforestation-in-the-amazon-has-plummeted-almost-90pt/ Costa Rica, #Afghanistan, China, #India and Albania are all embracing renewable energy sources.

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/sep/15/five-developing-countries-ditching-fossil-fuels-china-india-costa-rica-afghanistan-albania?CMP=share_btn_tw Social change needs empowered citizens, and empowered citizens need occasional encouragement.

Great to hear that we're not the only ones who believe in the power of positive news! 50,000 rice farmers in #IvoryCoast are now working with better seeds, improving food security in the West African country.

As a result, harvests have increased.

Source: World Bank, photo: Jbdodane / CC BY Sub-Saharan Africa’s first light rail system starts operations. 
As Ethiopians celebrate their New Year, they also prepare to mark the beginning of operations of a tram system in the #Ethiopian capital #AddisAbaba. 
Read more: http://mgafrica.com/article/2015-09-20-sub-saharan-africas-first-light-rail-system-starts-operationsyou-guessed-it-in-ethiopia Going Mobile in #Malawi”. A mobile phone information service established last year to provide timely information to rural poor farmers in a southern African country, has been used nearly half a million times since its launch.

Established in Malawi by Gorta-Self Help Africa last year, the ‘321’ voice-activated service provides subscribers to the country’s largest mobile phone network with farm information and advice that they can access at the push of a button. And it’s all free. Read more at http://dochas.ie/sites/default/files/The-Worlds-Best-News-2015_0.pdf 10,000 copies of "The World's Best News" were distributed all over #ireland today!

See how The Irish Times described our newspaper, and click the link to read all the articles online!

http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/inside-out/have-you-read-the-world-s-best-news-1.2355806 See how The Irish Times described our newspaper, and click the link to read all the articles online!


Visitors Map


Dóchas Photos



More Photos


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 210 other followers

%d bloggers like this: