As part of a global response to Covid-19 in 2020, Ireland committed around €150 million to help developing nations mitigate the effects of the pandemic.
In direct response to the pandemic, around €55 million was given to the United Nations (UN), World Health Organization (WHO), other international organizations, NGOs, and partner countries.
Last year, Ireland was one of the first countries in the world to support the WHO’s urgent plea for assistance to help low- and middle-income countries prepare for the pandemic.
A further €93 million in other financing was expedited to help reduce the pandemic’s socioeconomic effects. Ireland also contributed to the EU’s global reaction to Covid-19, which totaled over €38 billion by the end of 2020.
It backed groups like the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, which have been instrumental in speeding up the development and production of Covid-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines, as well as ensuring equitable access to them.
Last year, the State spent €867 million on international development aid, of which the Department of Foreign Affairs controlled €545 million. The remaining €322 million came from the Departments of Agriculture, Food and Marine, Finance, and Ireland’s contribution to the EU Development Cooperation Budget.
Meanwhile, despite the pandemic, Irish Aid’s current development and humanitarian efforts continued, with €192 million spent on humanitarian assistance worldwide in 2020 for issues unrelated to Covid-19.
Ireland’s foreign development policy, ‘A Better World,’ highlights four key areas for Irish aid support: gender equality, humanitarian needs, climate action, and strengthening governance and rights.