Irish NGOs call on Government to back up its new International Development Policy by keeping Ireland’s aid promise
Dóchas has published its Submission on Budget 2014. In the 11-page document, the 51 member organisations of Dóchas state that for the first time since 2000, Ireland lacks a clear deadline for the achievement of the UN target of 0.7% ODA/GNI.
Ireland’s development cooperation programme is widely supported, with 77% of people in Ireland expressing their support for the 0.7% target. We know that aid works, and we know that our aid programme gives Ireland standing and influence on the global stage. Our aid promise is a crucial part of our foreign policy.
For these reasons, Dóchas members call on the Government to ensure our aid budget does not fall below the 0.5% threshold, and to urgently present a plan on how the Government intends to deliver on its commitment to honour the 0.7% promise.
- The full text of the Dóchas submission is available here (Alternatively, read the short press release here)
- The Irish Government’s Policy for International Development is available here.
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