Official Development Assistance (ODA), as set out in ‘A Better World’, is central to Ireland’s foreign policy in building better futures for the world’s poorest communities. The current Programme for Government has reaffirmed Ireland’s commitment, made as far back as the 1970s, to reach the UN ODA target of 0.7% gross national income (GNI) by 2030.
Budget 2022 allocated the highest ever amount to ODA, €1.044 billion, a 20.3% increase in the overall allocation versus 2021 figures. Government reports indicate this will correspond to 0.32% of GNI for 2022.
In 2020 and 2021, the majority of ODA allocations were made by the Department of Foreign Affairs (approximately 75%). The remainder was directed via a variety of channels including via EU-related development contributions, and amongst several ‘ODA-spending’ Government Departments. Following the 2022 Budget announcement, it is expected that a larger quantity of ODA will be spent through multiple Government Departments to support ODA growth in a sustainable manner.
Purpose & Scope of work
This work follows on from the ODA Trends Analysis research which was completed in July 2021. The purpose of this consultancy is to:
- Identify where ODA allocations are spent or budgeted for across Irish Government Departments other than the Department of Foreign Affairs and situate this analysis over time
- Identify alignment between ODA allocations and Ireland’s international development
The deadline for expressions of interest for this piece of work is Friday 11 February 2022.