Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Ceisteanna (62)

Niall Collins

Ceist:

62. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to develop a roadmap to achieve the 0.7% ODA/GNI target; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25178/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

I refer to my response to Parliamentary Question 12 of 2 April 2019 which set out a possible path to reaching the 0.7% target by 2030.

Allocations to ODA will be made annually as part of the normal budgetary process.

The Government is already making progress, having increased allocations to official development assistance by 32% since 2014. Budget 2019 saw the highest increase in funding available in over a decade, with Irish ODA in 2019 forecast to reach almost €817 million, an increase of approximately €110 million and a 16% increase on the allocation announced in budget 2018. Further sustained, managed increments in ODA will be required to deliver the 0.7 commitment, taking into consideration the range of demands across Government and the capacity of the public finances to meet them.

The table sets out indicative allocations to ODA, based on current economic growth forecasts, which show a possible phased path to reaching the 0.7% target by 2030. Allocations will of course be made annually as part of the normal budgetary process.

Year

ODA level € Million

Expected ODA / GNI % Target

2019

817

0.30%

2023

1400

0.50%

2025

1800

0.57%

2027

2100

0.62%

2030

2500

0.70%

Question No. 63 answered with Question No. 53.