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Bucking the aid trend : Irish Aid debates

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Abstract: This article looks at Irish development policy. Ireland is a late starter in terms of international aid, but it is rapidly catching up with other Western donors. While the aid budgets of many countries have contracted in recent years, Ireland has applied some of the fruits of its 15-year economic boom to increasing aid spending. It is now the sixth most generous donor in the world. If Ireland maintains its current rate of progress, it could reach the UN target of allocating 0.7% of gross national product (GNP) to aid by 2012. Irish Aid was the subject of a major review in 2002 and a white paper in 2006. The latter document, while containing few surprises, proposed a number of initiatives as well as new oversight mechanisms to ensure Irish aid is well spent and is not subject to corruption.
Authors: Cullen, P.
Country: Ireland
Category: Policy
End Page: 23
Serial number: 10
ISSN: 1874-2033
Journal: The Broker
Keywords: development policy , aid programmes , governance , corruption
Language: eng
Organization: The Broker
Year: 2008
Right: © 2008 IDP. This article has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported license.
Subject: Development Cooperation General
Start Page: 20
Title: Bucking the aid trend : Irish Aid debates