71. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the academic scholarships available for Palestinian citizens to study here; the courses that are covered by the scholarships; and the requirements in order to be considered for a scholarship. (Question 18832/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Overseas Development Aid)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): Ireland’s funding to the Palestinian people has traditionally had a strong focus on the education sector, which is crucial to Palestine’s long-term economic viability. The provision of scholarship opportunities for Palestinian students to study in Ireland is an important dimension of our overall support.
In January this year, the Tánaiste announced an increase of €200,000 in scholarship funding for Palestin...

76. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to develop a roadmap to reach the 0.7% ODA/GNI target; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16877/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Overseas Development Aid)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): The Government is strongly committed to Ireland’s overseas development cooperation programme and to its place at the heart of our foreign policy. For 2018, we have allocated just over €707 million for Official Development Assistance (ODA), representing a significant investment on behalf of the Irish tax payer and a clear demonstration of our continued strong commitment to Ireland’s aid programme. 2018 is al...

80. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on a proposal by an organisation (details supplied). (Question 14918/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Overseas Development Aid)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): Ireland has consistently been recognised by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) for the quality of our aid programme and the emphasis we place on achieving results for the poor, particularly in least developed countries. The OECD DAC has also commended Ireland for its consistent record on, and commitment to untied aid. The Government’s policy for international development, One World One Future,...

89. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the estimated cost of reaching the 0.7% ODA/GNP target from its current base of approximately 0.3%, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14714/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Overseas Development Aid)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): The Government is strongly committed to Ireland’s overseas development cooperation programme and to its place at the heart of our foreign policy. For 2018, the Government has allocated just over €707 million for ODA, the third consecutive year ODA has increased. Based on current estimates, it is anticipated this level of allocation will see ODA amount to approximately 0.3% of GNI in 2018.
The current Progr...

128. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the degree to which all overseas aid agencies receiving direct or indirect aid from this country are subject to audits to ensure compliance with regulations and prevention of potential conflict of interest; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14488/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Overseas Development Aid Oversight)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): It is a requirement of all grant agreements that partners in receipt of Irish Aid funding provide annual audited accounts. With regard to International Organisations such as UN bodies, audit requirements are laid down in international agreements. The Department usually receives audited financial statements from these bodies. In addition, with regard to the UN bodies, the Department receives the reports on internal aud...

130. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the degree to which he has had discussions with his EU and UN colleagues with a view to ensuring the availability of clean drinking water in all areas throughout the African continent, with particular reference to the poorer countries that have suffered as a result of war and starvation over the past number of years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14491/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Overseas Development Aid Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): The Government regularly engages with the EU and UN on access to basic services on the African continent, including clean drinking water. During the development of the new European Consensus on Development, a shared vision and framework for action for development cooperation among the EU and all the Member States, the Government advocated for a priority focus on basic services including safe drinking wate...

9. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if sexual harassment complaints have been received in relation to Irish Aid or other agencies tasked with delivering ODA and funded by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10852/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Overseas Development Aid)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade(Deputy Ciarán Cannon): I propose to take Questions Nos. 9 and 10 together.
Sexual exploitation and abuse in any context is an affront to our values and the humanitarian imperative to ensure the safety, security and dignity of people affected by disaster or living in extreme poverty.
Effective delivery of any aspect of Ireland’s Overseas Development Assistance programme requires not only the achievement of results but also sustained...

10. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the procedures his Department has in place to protect against the staff of aid agencies being involved in sexual abuse and exploitation; if he is reviewing their procedures in view of reports of same in the media with a view to improving them; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10853/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Overseas Development Aid)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade(Deputy Ciarán Cannon): I propose to take Questions Nos. 9 and 10 together.
Sexual exploitation and abuse in any context is an affront to our values and the humanitarian imperative to ensure the safety, security and dignity of people affected by disaster or living in extreme poverty.
Effective delivery of any aspect of Ireland’s Overseas Development Assistance programme requires not only the achievement of results but also sustained...

17. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the extent to which information is available in respect of links between major financial investment corporations or banking institutions with national or international aid agencies; if the agencies involved have been audited in recent times; if such links might indicate a conflict of interest; if there are other implications in the context of aid for trade; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11570/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Overseas Development Aid Oversight)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): I propose to take Questions Nos. 17 and 18 together.
There is a global recognition that greater volumes of finance are needed to eradicate poverty and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This finance can come from many sources, including governments, international development NGOs, multilateral bodies, international finance institutions, philanthropists, and the private sector.
Regardless of the s...

18. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the extent to which major private contributors to international aid organisations have secured an understanding for a quid pro quo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11571/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Overseas Development Aid Oversight)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): I propose to take Questions Nos. 17 and 18 together.
There is a global recognition that greater volumes of finance are needed to eradicate poverty and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This finance can come from many sources, including governments, international development NGOs, multilateral bodies, international finance institutions, philanthropists, and the private sector.
Regardless of the s...

58. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the extent to which the bilateral aid programme continues to make progress in the context of delivering aid effectively and efficiently to those it was intended; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3906/18 asked on 25 Jan 2018 - Overseas Development Aid)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): The Government is strongly committed to Ireland’s overseas aid programme and to its place at the heart of our foreign policy. Detailed planning leading to a results-based approach characterizes Ireland’s bilateral aid programmes. This enables the quality, effectiveness and efficiency to be kept under regular review by the Department. The Embassy network, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, plays a key ro...

63. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the countires to which Ireland contributes by way of development aid; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3911/18 asked on 25 Jan 2018 - Overseas Development Aid Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): The Government is strongly committed to Ireland’s overseas aid programme, and to its place at the heart of our foreign policy. Our priorities are clearly laid out in the Government’s development policy, ‘One World One Future’. In line with our commitment to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, our aid programme is sharply focused on delivering our goals of reducing poverty and hunger, pro...

54. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the aid funding his Department has provided to countries and territories (details supplied) since 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2328/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Overseas Development Aid Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): The Government is strongly committed to Ireland’s overseas aid programme, and to its place at the heart of our foreign policy. Our priorities are clearly laid out in the Government’s development policy, ‘One World One Future’. In line with our commitment to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, our aid programme is sharply focused on delivering our goals of reducing poverty and hunger, pro...

151. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if a review is currently under way on Ireland’s overseas development aid and the 0.7% gross national product target; the meetings held and those consulted to date relating to this review; the expected date that the review is set to be completed and published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1506/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Overseas Development Aid Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Government is strongly committed to Ireland’s overseas development cooperation programme and to its place at the heart of our foreign policy. Our policy for International Development, “One World, One Future”, clearly articulates our commitment to the UN target of providing 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) in Official Development Assistance (ODA), as economic conditions allow. The current Programme for Government...

154. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the cost of reaching the 0.7% overseas development aid gross national product target from its current base of approximately 0.3% in incremental steps, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1510/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Overseas Development Aid Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): The Government is strongly committed to Ireland’s overseas development cooperation programme and to its place at the heart of our foreign policy. For 2018, the Government has allocated just over €707 million for ODA, the third consecutive year ODA has increased. Based on current estimates, it is anticipated this level of allocation will see ODA amount to approximately 0.3% of GNI in 2018. The current Pro...

156. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the current expenditure on the trust fund for Africa; the full-year cost of increasing expenditure by 5%, 10%, 15% and 20%; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1512/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Overseas Development Aid Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): The European Union Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa is an element of a comprehensive package of EU initiatives to support stability across the North, East (Horn of Africa) and West (Sahel / Lake Chad) African Regions, contributing to the tackling the root causes of instability, forced displacement and irregular migration. Th...

46. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the target date set by his Department for reaching the 0.7% ODA GNP target; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53972/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Overseas Development Aid Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): The Government is strongly committed to Ireland’s overseas development cooperation programme and to its place at the heart of our foreign policy. Our policy for International Development, “One World, One Future”, clearly articulates our commitment to the UN target of providing 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) in Official Development Assistance (ODA), as economic conditions allow.
The current Programme for...

42. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if commitments will be made with regard to multi-annual funding for overseas development aid; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53143/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Overseas Development Aid Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): The Government is strongly committed to Ireland’s overseas development cooperation programme and to its place at the heart of our foreign policy.
Predictable funding streams allow the effective planning of our assistance so that it can deliver maximum impact, and greatly assists the prudential management of the aid budget. Multi-annual funding arrangements are the most commonly used mechanism to facilitate ...

73. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the most vulnerable locations globally to which Irish aid continues to be directed; the success of such operations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53486/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Overseas Development Aid Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): The Government’s Policy for International Development, “One World, One Future” make explicit Ireland’s commitment to work in support of lasting benefits for the most vulnerable and poorest communities around the world.
Ireland’s international development programme maintains a strong focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, and on other countries where the need is greatest. In 2016, over half of Ireland’s bilateral ODA ...

167. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the cost of reaching the 0.7% ODA and GNP target from its current base of approximately 0.3% in incremental steps, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50951/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Overseas Development Aid Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): The Government is strongly committed to Ireland’s overseas development co-operation programme and to its place at the heart of our foreign policy. Our policy for International Development, “One World, One Future”, clearly articulates our commitment to the UN target of providing 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) in Official Development Assistance (ODA), as economic conditions allow.
The current Programme f...

169. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the expenditure on the trust fund for Africa and the full year cost of increasing expenditure by 5%, 10%, 15% and 20%; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50953/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Overseas Development Aid Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): The European Union Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa is an element of a comprehensive package of EU initiatives to support stability across the North, East (Horn of Africa) and West (Sahel/Lake Chad) African Regions, contributing to tackling the root causes of instability, forced displacement and irregular migration. This Tru...

13. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the prevalence of tied aid from various EU countries as a form of overseas development aid; his plans for Ireland to be a stronger voice in Europe on asserting that ODA be open, transparent and unconditional in view of Ireland’s reputation as a country that does not put conditions on its aid programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48419/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Overseas Development Aid)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): Ireland has consistently been recognized by the OECD Development Assistance Committee for the quality of our aid programme and the emphasis we place on achieving results for the poor, particularly in least developed countries. The OECD DAC has also commended Ireland for continuing its commitment to ensuring that our aid is untied, a consistent record.
The most recent analysis from the OECD does indicate tha...

28. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to develop a roadmap to reach the 0.7% ODA-GNP target. (Question 48313/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Overseas Development Aid Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): The Government is strongly committed to Ireland’s overseas development cooperation programme and to its place at the heart of our foreign policy. Our policy for International Development, “One World, One Future”, clearly articulates our commitment to the UN target of providing 0.7% of Gross National Product (GNP) in Official Development Assistance (ODA), as economic conditions allow.
In the current Programm...

128. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the dramatic increase in Ireland’s funding to the EU’s development cooperation budget in 2016; the political imperatives for increasing it, both from Ireland’s and from the European Union’s perspective; the oversight which is possible of this funding; the reporting which will be done to the Houses of the Oireachtas; the parts of the world this money is being spent in; if a breakdown of its spending by geographical region can be provided; the objectives and results of same; if this trend will continue in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48423/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Overseas Development Aid)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): The EU is collectively the biggest donor in the world. Official Development Assistance (ODA) provided by the EU and its Member States reached €75.5 billion in 2016, an 11% increase compared to 2015 levels and bringing it to the highest level to date. This increase took place in a context of worsening man-made and natural disasters, an unprecedented migration crisis in Europe, and a global refugee crisis of ...

210. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the way in which the €13 million allocated to official development assistance, ODA, in budget 2018 will affect our ODA to GNP target; the resulting estimated ODA as a percentage of GNP as a result of this increase; the percentage of ODA to GNP in each of the years 2007 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43740/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Overseas Development Aid Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): Last week for budget 2018, the Government announced a total allocation of €707 million to Official Development Assistance (ODA). This represents an increase of some €26 million on the current year, and is the third consecutive year the Government has increased budget allocations to Ireland’s Aid programme.
Just over €500 million of the total ODA allocation for 2018 will be managed by my Department through V...