24 september 2018

On the 3rd anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs), Dóchas calls on the Irish Government to increase spending on overseas aid in Budget 2019 in order to achieve its SDG targets. [1] [2]

Dóchas will join Coalition 2030 – an alliance of over 100 Irish civil society organisations – at a rally in Dublin city centre to mark the 3rd anniversary of the historic signing of the Goals. [3] [4]

The SDGs include the commitment to spend 0.7% of GNI on Official Development Assistance (ODA). Despite small monetary increases in the aid budget over the past two years, Ireland is still only spending 0.3% of GNI on the world’s poorest.

Suzanne Keatinge, Dóchas CEO, said: “The SDGs represent a visionary roadmap to transforming the lives of the poorest in our societies, in both Ireland and overseas, to create a better world for all.   Reaching Ireland’s commitment to spending 0.7% of GNI on ODA is a critical factor in its success. 

“Achieving that target means that just 70 cent in every €100 received would go towards efforts to end hunger, tackle climate change, and find lasting solutions to global conflict and insecurity.”

The Dóchas pre-budget submission calls on the Government to publish a roadmap to meet the 0.7% commitment for overseas aid on a planned and phased basis by 2025. The first step on this path is to increase spending on ODA in Budget 2019 by 0.05% GNI*. [5] Dóchas’ other ask is that Ireland’s ODA remains one hundred percent untied so that it is solely focused on tackling the root causes of poverty. [6]

Keatinge continued: “We know that aid works. 1.1 billion people around the world have moved out of extreme poverty since 1990. [7] That’s children attending primary school and forging futures of hope and opportunity, more and more women living to watch their children grow up as the maternal mortality rate falls, and greater access to vaccines, clean water and sanitation allowing people to lead safer, healthier lives.

“But, despite these achievements, many people the world over continue to face poverty, injustice and inequality. There are over 68 million people forcibly displaced from their homes, living in camps or fleeing across borders. [8] It’s staggering to think that 100 million more people could be living in poverty by 2030 if we do not react to climate change appropriately. [9]

“On Budget day, we need to see the Government fulfil its promise by increasing its spend on overseas aid. Only then will Ireland maintain its reputation as a leader in international development and humanitarian action, and set itself on the path towards achieving the SDGs.”


For further information, please contact Lía Flattery, Dóchas Communications and Events Officer, on 01-4053801 or lia@dochas.ie.

Suzanne Keatinge, Dóchas CEO, is available for comment.

Notes for the editor:

[1] Dóchas is the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations. It provides a forum for consultation and cooperation between its members, and a platform for them to speak with a single voice on development issues. Dóchas currently has 58 member organisations. For more information, visit: www.dochas.ie.

[2] The SDGs provide a universal framework, with 17 goals and 169 targets, aimed at mobilizing international efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. For more information, visit: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/.

[3] Coalition 2030 is an alliance of over 100 civil society organisations working together to ensure Ireland keeps its promise to achieve the SDGs, both at home and abroad. For more information, visit: https://www.ireland2030.org/coalition-2030/.

[4] The Coalition 2030 rally will start at 1pm on O’Connell Bridge and run until 2.15pm. For more information, visit: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/act4sdgs-rally-3rd-anniversary-of-the-adopti...

[5] National Income numbers and growth projections are taken from the CSO's recently released National Income and Expenditure Annual Results, and the Summer Economic Statement 2018. GNP growth assumptions up to 2021 are taken from the Summer Economic Statement 2018 and are assumed thereafter. The CSO published a new measurement of national income in July 2017 called "Modified Gross National Income" (or "GNI*) as a more realistic measurement of the Irish economy’s size and growth rate. We have assumed a similar growth rate for GNI* as that assumed for GNP in the aforementioned documents from the Department of Finance.

[6] The full text of the Dóchas pre-budget submission can be found here: https://dochas.ie/sites/default/files/Do%CC%81chas%20Pre-Budget%20Submis.... Suzanne Keatinge, Dóchas CEO, has outlined the key asks of the submission in a short video, available here: https://youtu.be/ov7k2RJ2d6o.

[7] World Bank Poverty and Shared Prosperity Report 2016 – Taking on Inequality, available from: https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/25078/9781464....

[8] UNHCR Global Trends Report 2017: http://www.unhcr.org/globaltrends2017/.

[9] Hallegatte, S., M. Bangalore, L. Bonzanigo, M. Fay, T. Kane, U. Narloch, J. Rozenberg, D. Treguer and A. Vogt-Schilb. 2016. Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty, available from https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/22787.