Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Questions (61)

Niall Collins

Question:

61. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the amount of money granted or donated in foreign aid and to which organisation and or country presented in tabular form for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33598/13]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The Government is strongly committed to Ireland’s aid programme which has been internationally recognised as one of the best in the world. Over the past three years - 2010 to 2012 - Ireland has contributed substantial and stable funding to Official Development Assistance (ODA). In total, in the three years, Ireland has contributed almost €2 billion to ODA, of which about 80% was managed under Vote 27 - International Cooperation through the Development Cooperation Division of my Department – known to the public as Irish Aid. The remainder consists of ODA eligible contributions from other Government Departments - principally the Departments of Finance, and Agriculture Food and the Marine - and Ireland’s share of the EU Development Cooperation Budget. A breakdown of ODA figures for 2010, 2011 and 2012 between Vote 27 and Other ODA is provided in the table.

Breakdown

Vote 27

Other ODA

Total ODA

2012

507.45

121.53

628.98

2011

520.18

136.86

657.04

2010

521.55

154.28

675.83

A detailed analysis of Ireland ODA’s for 2010 and 2011 – across, inter alia, aid sectors, recipient countries and multilateral organisations - is currently published in the statistical annexes attached to the Irish Aid annual reports, and also available for down load from the Irish Aid web site at http://www.irishaid.gov.ie/news-publications/tags/annualreport/. The 2012 statistical annexes are currently being finalised - with a similar analysis - and will be available on the Irish Aid website later this summer. I will arrange for a copy of the 2012 Irish Aid Annual Report to be forwarded to the Deputy following publication.