The 0.7% Pledge is the commitment of the world's developed countries to donate 0.7% of their gross national product (GNP) to the economic development of poor countries. This is 70 cents in every €100 that the country produces.
When world leaders agreed the “Millennium Development Goals” in 2000, they agreed that developing countries would be responsible for 7 of the 8 Goals, and that rich countries would support them by reforming global trade and by providing more and better aid. As part of this international agreement, Ireland made a “solemn commitment” to reaching the UN target for spending 0.7% of our GNP on overseas aid by 2007.
This did not happen, and in 2005, the target date was revised to 2012, and four years later the deadline was moved again, to 2015. In 2014, the Irish Government indicated that it would also miss this third deadline for its promise on overseas aid.
In 2013, the Irish Government spent €637 million on Ireland’s aid programme – or just over 0.4% of GNI. €497 million or approximately 78% of this funding was managed by Irish Aid, a Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. €140 million or approximately 22% was allocated through other government departments, mainly the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and the Department of Finance, and through Ireland’s contribution to the EU Development Co-operation Budget.
Dochas through the Act Now on 2015 campaign has called on the Government to put a clear plan in place, indicating how the government will meet the 0.7% target.
To find out more, click on the resources listed below, or sign up for the “Act Now on 2015” campaign.