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Support Ireland’s promise on overseas aid

Our government committed to helping the world’s poorest people. We need to remind them of this promise and we need your help. Let your local TDs know that you support the Irish government’s commitment to overseas aid.

It’s easy

One in Eight

A recent MRBI poll revealed that eight out of 10 Irish people support Ireland’s pledge to invest 0.7% of gross national income to overseas aid by 2015. This is one of Ireland’s commitments as part of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.

Eliminating poverty

I am one of the eight out of 10 Irish people who believe that Ireland should commit just 70 cents in every €100 to keep our promise to eliminate extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

A promise worth keeping

Just think: if every developed country committed to giving 0.7% to overseas aid by 2015, we could end extreme poverty within a generation. We already have strong evidence that overseas aid works: 

  • In sub-Saharan Africa, child deaths have fallen by 28% since 1999 
  • The number of out-of-school children worldwide fell from 106 to 67 million between 1999 and 2009
  • Maternal mortality worldwide has dropped 26% between 1999 and 2009

Ireland’s role

Ireland plays a key role in reducing poverty through Irish Aid – the government’s programme of assistance to developing countries. Evidence of Ireland’s impact includes:

  • Helping Mozambique’s economy grow by 7% in 2010
  • Helping Tanzania’s economy grow by 6% in 2010 
  • Increasing rates of school enrolment among girls by 96% in Tanzania
  • In Kenema, Sierra Leone, Irish-supported projects reduced the rates of women dying in childbirth from 5.4% to 0.17% in 2010 

Unless we keep our international commitments, the most vulnerable people in the world’s poorest countries will suffer the consequences.  

For more information on this topic, download the Dóchas Budget Submission 2013.