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Can mobile phones improve health care for expectant mothers?


Irish Aid funds a project which aims to improve healthcare for expectant and new mothers by using mobile phones.

Minister Costello's Visit to The AIDS Support Organisation


The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO) is an indigenous HIV and AIDS NGO founded in 1987 by 16 volunteers to restore hope and improve the quality of life of persons, families and communities affected by HIV and related infections.

The First Tanzania ICT Summit 2013: ‘ICT Skills of Tomorrow’


The Embassy of Ireland, in association with the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT Ireland), the Institute of Finance Management (IFM) and the Tanzanian Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), organised The First Tanzania ICT Summit 2013: ‘ICT Skills of Tomorrow’ which took place on the 19 - 20th November 2013 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Irish experts arrive in the Philippines


Today, experts from Irish Aid and the Defence Forces arrived to assess the requirements for medium term assistance.

Emergency Relief for Typhoon Haiyan


Following the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Irish Aid has announced €1million in emergency assistance.

Irish Aid dispatches further 47 tonnes of emergency supplies


In total 150 tonnes of materials have been airlifted by Irish Aid to the region. Ireland’s total contribution to the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort currently stands at €3.5 million.

Fr Michael Kelly Event Invite


To commemorate World AIDS Day 2013, Irish Aid and the Irish Forum for Global health are hosting the annual Fr Michael Kelly event in the Galway Bay Hotel on November 28th from 6pm – 7.30pm.

Irish Aid Volunteering Fair: Volunteer For A Better World


Irish Aid Volunteering Fair, 12th Oct. 11am-4pm Irish Aid Volunteering & Information Centre, O’Connell St. Dublin.

World leaders gather for UN General Assembly


In New York, world leaders gathered for the United Nations General Assembly meeting and in Geneva, two important new resolutions put forward by Ireland were accepted by the UN Human Rights Council.

WorldWise Global Schools: Bringing a Global Perspective into Irish Classrooms


WorldWise Global Schools programme aims to increase the spread, number and mix of post-primary schools engaging with development education themes and approaches.

What's Happening in the Irish Aid Centre


Upcoming events at the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre.

Ireland leading on Human Rights and Development at the UN


Two important new resolutions put forward by Ireland were adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Assisting farmers around the world


Irish Aid is working to support farming communities in the developing world to help them address the effects of these changing weather patterns.

What's happening in the Irish Aid Centre this Autumn?


There are many exciting things happening in the Irish Aid Centre this Autumn

International Breastfeeding Week


Irish Aid's support for breastfeeding around the world

World Humanitarian Day


Since December 2008, 19 August has been designated as World Humanitarian Day, commemorating the date on which 22 aid workers were killed in an attack on the UN Headquarters in Baghdad in 2003.

The not-so-humble spud


Potatoes are the world’s third most important crop and really important to efforts to improve global nutrition.

Public Meeting on One World, One Future


Irish Aid is inviting members of the public to a review of One World, One Future: Ireland’s Policy for International Development.

What's happening at the Irish Aid Centre?


Open since 2008, the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre on O’Connell Street in Dublin provides information on volunteering and other development related topics, delivers workshops on development for primary, secondary and third-level students and offers rooms for events hosted by NGOs.

A Thousand Days of Nutrition Makes a Difference


The thousand days between pregnancy and a child reaching its second birthday is a crucial period in early development. Better nutrition for both mother and child during this time can have a lifelong impact on a child’s future, and help break the cycle of poverty.

World Day to Combat Desertification 2013


Drylands cover 40% of the Earth's surface, and are home to 2.5 billion people.

Celebrating the Courage of the Refugee


Your home is faraway and in ruins. What do you do?

Bicycles and community policing in Uganda


This project aims to help Ugandan police engage more with their local communities in order to help tackle the root causes of crime.

Saving Lives in the Syria Crisis


The humanitarian situation in Syria is appalling. Over 90,000 people have lost their lives in the violence. More than six million people, almost equivalent to the population on the island of Ireland, have been forced to abandon their homes.

Launch of ESTHER Ireland


Today marks the launch of ESTHER Ireland, the Irish Chapter of the ESTHER Alliance.

No delay for women and girls in emergencies


In conflicts, natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies the vulnerabilities of women and girls are increased.

Advancing the EU’s Global Development Agenda at the Foreign Affairs Council


At a Foreign Affairs Council held today in Brussels, Minister of State Costello and his EU counterparts endorsed a common EU approach to the new global development framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals after 2015.

Launch of One World, One Future


Our new policy One World, One Future: Ireland’s Policy for International Development was launched last week by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello.

World Health Day 2013


This April, the World Health Organisation (WHO) celebrates its 65th anniversary. Each year the anniversary is marked with World Health Day, on 7th April this year, bringing attention to public health issues around the globe.

Additional €1 Million for Syrian Refugees


Irish Aid’s additional €1 million in funding has been allocated to the International Federation of the Red Cross and the United Nations Refugee agency, UNHCR.

Dublin Hosts EU Discussions on Humanitarian Action


Irish Aid has been working to deepen understanding of current emergencies and foster constructive debate around critical issues in humanitarian action.

Hunger Nutrition Climate Justice Conference


The Hunger - Nutrition - Climate Justice conference provided a platform to share knowledge, ideas and experiences that will strengthen our approach to ending hunger and malnutrition in the context of a changing climate.

Learning into Action: Study fellowships


Earlier this month, over forty students studying in Ireland under Irish Aid’s fellowship scheme came together in Limerick to meet Minister for Development Joe Costello and Irish Aid staff and talk about their experiences in Ireland.

Earth Day – Reflecting on Hunger Nutrition Climate Justice Conference


Reflecting on the Hunger – Nutrition – Climate Justice Conference held last week, Irish Aid is highlighting the effects of climate change on communities around the world.

Tackling Malnutrition in Zambia


Launch of Zambia’s National Food and Nutrition Commission Strategic Plan (2011-2015) and First 1000 Most Critical Days Programme (2013-2015).

From 660,000 to Zero: Tackling Malaria


World Malaria Day was established in 2007 by the WHO and marked each year on the 25th April. The aim of the Day is to educate people on avoiding and treating malaria in the hope of reducing the amount of people debilitated and killed by the disease.

Getting milk to markets – Irish Aid support for Tanzanian dairy farmers


Minister Costello launched the second phase of the ‘More Milk’ research project during his visit to Tanzania.

Ireland represented at 57th annual meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women


Over the last fifty-seven years the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has promoted and monitored the rights of women around the world. This year the Commission will discuss how to stop and prevent all forms of violence against women and girls. Alongside this important work, the CSW will continue its valuable work on raising the status of all women.

Kiroka Village Irrigation Scheme


Kiroka village benefits from an irrigation scheme that covers 147 hectares and makes it possible to grow a greater range of crops and harvest twice each year

World Water Day 2013


This Friday, March 22nd marks world water day, and is an opportunity to look at the importance of water in all our lives.

Tackling Tuberculosis


Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most serious infectious diseases in the world, second only to HIV. In 2011, there were 1.4 million deaths from TB, and 8.7million new cases of the disease.

Commission on the Status of Women: Addressing Violence against Women and the links to HIV


We recognise that ending violence against women is not only imperative in its own right, but it also reduces women’s risk of contracting HIV and AIDS.

Cities Against Poverty Conference Held in Dublin


This week in Dublin, the 8th World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP) is taking place. The Forum will discuss the growth, both economic and physical, of cities and look at how best to tackle poverty in an urban context.

Supporting the Malian people


In January, the world watched with mounting concern as militants started to sweep down from the north to seize control of the entire country. Their campaign was narrowly averted by the prompt and decisive action of the international community, led by France with the support of neighbouring African countries and in line with UN Security Council efforts

How far will you go for Fairtrade Fortnight?


It’s Fairtrade Fortnight and the start of a series of events around the country to highlight how Fairtrade products and programmes are transforming the lives of small farmers and their families across the developing world.

Emergency assistance for people in Syria


As the violence in Syria escalates, the lives of millions have been affected. 700,000 people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries and over 4 million in Syria urgently need humanitarian assistance. In response to the deteriorating situation we are providing an additional €4.7 million in funding and life-saving emergency supplies

Refund of Irish Aid funds misappropriated in Uganda


The Tánaiste and Minister of State for Trade and Development have announced that the €4 million misappropriated in Uganda has been returned to Ireland by the Government of Uganda.

Clonakilty students win Science for Development Award


Three students from Clonakilty designed and developed a fridge, made from everyday materials which harnesses the power of the sun and uses evaporation to keep food cool.