Budget 2016 is first test for Government's belief in the recovery, say NGOs

06 october 2015

Dóchas

The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations

Press Statement

6 October 2015

Budget 2016 is first test for Government's
belief in the recovery, say NGOs

One week before Budget Day, Irish NGOs call on Government to match
words with action on new UN agreement

Exactly one week before the Government is set to announce its expenditure and taxation plans for 2016, Ireland's Development NGOs called on the Government to heed the Taoiseach's call for decisive action on a new global agreement, announced at the United Nations in New York.

Dóchas Chairperson Sharan Kelly said:

"In one week's time, Ministers Noonan and Howlin will announce the Government's plans and priorities for the coming year. And they will do so, just days after Taoiseach Enda Kenny joined world leaders in announcing new priorities for the entire world. At the time, the Taoiseach called for decisive action on the new Global Goals, negotiated at the UN under Irish leadership. Today, we want to remind him and his Government colleagues that Budget 2016 is the first opportunity for the Irish Government to turn these words into action."

"Budget 2016 must contain specific measures to combat growing economic inequality in Ireland, reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as a clear timeline to achieve our commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on overseas development," Sharan Kelly added.

Despite repeated statements about Ireland’s “commitment” to the UN 0.7% target, Ireland’s aid programme has continued to slip, both in absolute terms and as a percentage of national income.

“Based on existing funding, this year, Ireland’s aid programme will fall to approximately 0.35% of national income – the equivalent of 35 cent out of every 100 euro we spend. Despite what the Government says, this is the lowest level our overseas aid programme has been since 2001, which is shocking considering the many humanitarian crises we are witnessing today. Budget 2016 is an opportunity for Government to address this shortfall”, said Ms. Kelly, who is CEO of Tearfund Ireland and Chairperson of Dóchas.

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Notes to the Editor:

·  The United Nations summit adopting the “Global Goals for Sustainable Development” took place from 25 to 27 September 2015 in New York. It was the greatest gathering of Heads of State and Heads of Government in the history of the United Nations. More information on the summit available on the UN website: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/summit/
 

·  Ireland’s overseas aid programme (“Official Development Assistance”) as % of national income, 2000-2015:

Year

ODA as a
% of GNP

 
 

2000

0.3

 

2001

0.33

 

2002

0.41

 

2003

0.4

 

2004

0.39

 

2005

0.43

 

2006

0.53

 

2007

0.53

 

2008

0.59

 

2009

0.55

 

2010

0.53

 

2011

0.5

 

2012

0.47

 

2013

0.46

 

2014

0.39

 

2015

0.35 (est.)