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€2 million in Irish Aid funding for Irish NGOs humanitarian response to Ukraine

€2 million in Irish Aid funding for Irish NGOs humanitarian response to Ukraine

The Minister for Overseas Development Aid and the Diaspora, Colm Brophy, T.D., today announced the award of €2 million to four Irish based International NGOs in support of their work on the ground in Ukraine, Poland and Moldova responding to the needs of those affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Minister Brophy said:

 “The people of Ukraine continue to suffer unimaginable horrors, and need our support and solidarity now more than ever. Too many have died, or have been injured.  Millions have fled their homes.  Their needs are complex and evolving.  It is important that organisations with experience work with those affected, and with authorities where they are taking shelter, to help meet their needs.  With this €2 million in Irish Aid funding four of our trusted long-standing partner organisations will be enabled to assist some of those worst affected by this terrible conflict, in Ukraine and also in Poland and Moldova where millions have sought refuge. 

 “Through these and other partnerships, Irish Aid will continue to meet the needs of those affected by this crisis in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries, providing crucial assistance where it is needed most.”

 This award has been made from a dedicated civil society fund of €2 million put in place to enable Irish-based international NGOs deliver critical humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries.  It forms part of the €20 million Irish Aid humanitarian funding package so far allocated to respond to the crisis in Ukraine.

 The four successful applicants - Concern, GOAL, Trócaire and Plan International - will receive Irish Aid funding of €500,000 each to support projects in Ukraine, Poland, and Moldova, each working with local civil society partners on the ground to deliver a range of crucial, life-saving and life-sustaining assistance to those affected by the crisis. 

Notes for Editors

  • Two months since the Russian Federation forces launched an invasion of Ukraine, active conflict continues to result in civilian deaths and suffering, massive displacement, large-scale humanitarian needs, and destruction of civilian infrastructure across the country. The estimated number of people in need in affected areas or unwilling or unable to leave due to military action is 12 million people.
  • As part of Ireland’s €20 million humanitarian aid package for Ukraine, €2 million was set aside as a dedicated civil society fund to support Irish-based international NGOs responding to the crisis to, either directly or through partnerships with civil society organisations on the ground.
  • A call for proposals was launched on 24 March. Irish-based International NGOs were invited to submit applications outlining their proposed responses to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and/or neighbouring countries. To be eligible to avail of funding under this call for proposals, civil society partners were required to have either a demonstrated track-record of working in Ukraine and/or neighbouring countries, or strong and proven humanitarian capacity and expertise relevant to the intervention(s) proposed in their application. Given the urgency of the crisis, applicant partners were also required to have a prior history of funding and grant compliance with the Department of Foreign Affairs, to enable an accelerated allocation process.
  • Out of nine applications, four were recommended for approval, based on the appraisal and scoring system. The four successful applicants are Concern, GOAL, Trócaire and Plan International.

ENDS

Press Office

26 April 2022

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