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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 8 September 2020

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Questions (449)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

449. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if a foreign aid concept (details supplied) has been explored internationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21092/20]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

Ireland's development cooperation programme has been recognised internationally for its commitment to Least Developed Countries (LDCs). This is in line with our international development policy, A Better World, which commits Ireland to reaching the furthest behind first.

The OECD's latest development cooperation Peer Review of Ireland was published earlier this year. That Peer Review commends Ireland for directing Official Development Assistance (ODA) to where it is needed most - to Least Developed Countries, fragile states, and priority partners and sectors. The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a leading global think tank on development issues, has also ranked Ireland as one of the world's most efficient donors in targeting extreme poverty.

The concept identified in this question has not been given consideration internationally. Ireland remains steadfast in our commitment to the principles of development effectiveness, which emphasise the importance of country ownership over development processes, inclusive partnerships, a focus on results and mutual accountability among partners. We will continue to work with partners - including multilateral organisations, partner Governments and civil society - to ensure our ODA continues to reach those most in need.

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