Press release: Dóchas welcomes Taoiseach's commitment to increase overseas aid

14 september 2017

Dóchas – The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations

Thursday 14 September 2017

DÓCHAS WELCOMES TAOISEACH'S COMMITMENT TO INCREASE OVERSEAS AID

Dóchas – The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations has welcomed today's announcement by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, at the Fine Gael think-in in Clonmel, that he intends to increase government spending on overseas aid.

Suzanne Keatinge, Dóchas CEO said, “Dóchas welcomes the announcement by the Taoiseach today, that he intends to increase government spending on overseas aid. We are pleased to hear him re-affirm the Government's support for aid, and hope next month’s budget will see clear steps towards achieving the UN target of spending 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI*) on overseas development assistance (ODA). Reaching this target would mean spending just 70 cent in every €100 to help the poorest and most marginalised people in the world.

“The Taoiseach said today that government spending on overseas aid is a reflection of Ireland's values in the world. We very much agree, and, as an organisation representing 60 organisations working in the area of international development in Ireland, we look forward to seeing an increased focus on the values of global solidarity, peace and justice in the Irish Government's approach.”

In a pre-budget submission launched last month, Dóchas called on the government to put in place a realistic multi-annual plan to achieve the 0.7% target by 2025. The submission called for an increase of €128 million in this year's budget – which would see the percentage increase to 0.38%, from the low of 0.33% in 2016.

Keatinge continued, “We are heartened by the Taoiseach's commitment today to increase the aid budget. We look forward to hearing the detail of this proposal on Budget Day on 10 October.”

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For further information, please contact Aideen Blackwood, Dóchas Communications Officer on 01-4053801 or aideen@dochas.ie.

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