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Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 9 March 2022

Wednesday, 9 March 2022

Questions (91)

Carol Nolan

Question:

91. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the details of the independent non-governmental organisations, including organisations with charitable status, non-profit organisations, religious bodies including churches, social enterprises, clubs, societies that his Department has supported with financial assistance from 1 January 2020 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13240/22]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The Department of Foreign Affairs provides funding to a range of non-governmental organisations through a series of grant schemes dedicated to delivering on the Government's priorities at home and abroad. These include support for international development overseas, development education in Ireland, reconciliation on the island of Ireland, emigrant support and information on the European Union as well as responding to humanitarian emergencies and promoting international peace and stability.

My Department publishes an annual report on Ireland's ODA programme, also known as Irish Aid, each year, detailing the totality of spend across Government on international development - approximately 60 percent of Ireland’s total ODA is administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs with the balance administered though other Departments. The annual report includes a series of annexes detailing statistical information collated in accordance with agreed OECD standards on programme expenditure which show the amounts given through the various channels and countries, the distribution of aid, and the amounts allocated to priority focus areas. The annual report serves as a core accountability and transparency tool, providing a comprehensive overview of expenditure under the aid programme, and demonstrating the results that have been achieved. Annual Reports for 2020 and previous years are available on the Irish Aid website. The report on 2021 will be available later this year.

Similarly, the data on non-ODA grants to NGOs by the Department of Foreign Affairs is available in the Department's overall 2020 Annual Report. The data for 2021 will be available when the Annual Report is published in Q4 2022. A copy of this report will be made available to the Deputy following its publication.

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