Minister Coveney welcomes unprecedented funding for Irish Aid
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney T.D., has welcomed Budget 2023 as a strong indication of the Government’s enduring commitment to global solidarity, with the allocation of over €1.2 billion next year for international development.
Minister Coveney said:
“This Budget sees an unprecedented investment in Ireland’s overseas development programme. Irish Aid’s budget has been increased by 17%, with total Official Development Assistance rising to €1.2 billion.
“This strong commitment to global solidarity will enable us to deliver an effective Irish response to a series of crises facing the most vulnerable people in the world, as a result of conflict, hunger and climate change.
“€75 million will be used to address humanitarian and other needs in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries. This doesn’t include the very significant funding provided elsewhere across Government to support Ukrainians who have sought refuge in Ireland. The funding will also be used to address a growing food security and nutrition crisis, especially in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East.
“In addition to the €75 million next year, the Department of Foreign Affairs is to be allocated an additional €30 million this year to provide humanitarian assistance in the Horn of Africa. I also intend to seek Government approval for an additional €30 million this year for institutional support and stabilisation in Ukraine and Moldova.
“Irish Aid will also provide an additional €25 million next year to scale up Ireland’s international climate finance. The climate crisis continues to devastate the lives of people in many developing countries.
“Additional funding will also be used to deepen and strengthen Ireland’s global presence, helping to build international partnerships, expand and diversify trade, and advance Ireland’s wider contribution to the world. In the coming year, we expect to open five new Embassies and Consulates.”