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Minister of State Brophy announces funding of €5.65 million for civil society organisations

The Minister for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Mr. Colm Brophy, T.D., today announced funding of €5.65 million to 14 civil society organisations to implement overseas development projects.

Working in partnership with civil society remains at the heart of Ireland’s overseas development programme and our goal to improve the lives of those furthest behind. These organisations will deliver essential services such as health and education for vulnerable people and support them to realise their rights.

Announcing the funding, Minister Brophy said:

“I am pleased to announce support to such a diverse range of important projects. These will deliver real benefits to vulnerable people including in marginalised communities. For example, this funding will help to combat the sexual exploitation of children, strengthen health systems, address climate change and build sustainable livelihoods. It will also help to educate young people and support those living with disabilities.”

The organisations which have been approved for funding under the Civil Society Fund are: ECPAT International, Fields of Life Northern Ireland, Global Witness Trust, Health Poverty Action, ILGA World, Martin Ennals Foundation, Nurture Africa, Orbis Ireland, Proudly Made in Africa, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Social Health and Education Project, Tearfund Ireland, The Leprosy Mission Northern Ireland and University College Cork.

Ireland is consistently one of the top donor countries providing development assistance to and through civil society organisations as part of our international development programme. Today’s funding announcement reaffirms our strong commitment to civil society and the key role it plays in helping to reach the ‘furthest behind first’.

Minister Brophy said:

“At a time of great challenge globally, our commitment to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals is more important now than ever. Our partnership with civil society is critical in helping us deliver on our commitments as we work together to help build a better future for all and ensure we leave no one behind.”


Press Office

17 June 2022

Notes to editors

• Ireland’s Overseas Development Assistance Programme is managed by the Development Cooperation and Africa Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs. For further information see irishaid.ie

• The Civil Society Fund (CSF) is the Department’s main HQ development project funding scheme. It primarily supports Irish NGOs to carry out development projects overseas of between one and three years duration. A small number of international NGOs working on human rights are also invited to apply. The maximum available grant is €400,000 per annum.

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