Building on our development partnership
Ensuring coherence with our development goals
Africa is the main focus of the Irish Aid programme, with more than 80% of Ireland’s aid going to sub-Saharan Africa. (see Bilateral ODA Geographical Analysis – Annex 8a, Irish Aid Annual Report 2011) The approach outlined in the Africa Strategy is fully coherent with our development co-operation programme and policies.
A core principle of our aid programme is to maintain the emphasis on building local systems and the capability to deliver local solutions to the challenges of poverty and hunger. The emphasis will remain on aid effectiveness, and on our priority areas of:
- climate change
- gender equality
- the fight against HIV and AIDS
- the promotion of good governance.
Responding to crises in Africa
Almost half of our expenditure on emergencies goes in response to crises in Africa (see Emergency and Recovery Funding Schemes Geographical Analysis – Annex 13, Irish Aid Annual Report 2011). Demanding and securing access for humanitarian actors in crisis situations is a strong theme of our political efforts.
Working with the EU
The Africa Strategy recognises the need for Ireland to promote our international development policies and values more effectively. Our contribution to the European Community’s development budget will rise in the coming years, both in overall terms and as a percentage of our Overseas Development Assistance. We are using our position within the EU to support a strong focus on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. We are also playing a significant and constructive role in contributing to the implementation of a number of EU regional initiatives to tackle ongoing crises in Africa, including;
- The EU’s Strategy for the Horn of Africa (including Somalia)
- The EU’s Strategic Approach to the crisis in the Sahel (including Mail and Niger)
- The EU Comprehensive Approach for Sudan and South Sudan
Read the full Africa Strategy for more information