Statement - NGO Response to the White Paper

02 november 2006

Irish aid agencies have broadly welcomed the government’s White Paper on Irish Aid, while cautioning that many of the policy directions suggested have yet to be worked through in detail and that the development programme needs to be properly resourced.

The 38 member organisations of Dóchas, the umbrella group of Irish non-governmental development organisations, welcomed the White Paper’s clear insistence that aid should benefit the poorest of the poor, as well as the new emphasis on Irish Aid as a central element of Irish foreign policy.