The Minister for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Colm Brophy, T.D., announced over €100 million in funding to ten Irish international civil society organizations in 2023, including over €28 million for climate action.
This will be provided under an innovative new funding scheme, Ireland’s Civil Society Partnership for A Better World (2023-2027). It will integrate three current civil society schemes for development and humanitarian programs, which are due to expire later this month. Over €500 million is expected to be provided over the five-year term of the scheme.
The grants will be provided to Action Aid Ireland, Christian Aid Ireland, Concern Worldwide, GOAL, Oxfam Ireland, Plan International Ireland, Gorta, Sightsavers Ireland, Trócaire, and World Vision Ireland. The funding will support the implementation of development and humanitarian programs in over forty-three countries across five continents.
The Minister has also announced a new five-year strategic partnership with Frontline Defenders, with funding of €700,000 per year.
Announcing the grants, Minister Brophy said: “Against the current background of global change and the challenges we face in Ireland, I recognize that there are billions of people around the world much more vulnerable than we are. I have seen first-hand during my recent visit to the Horn of Africa how Ireland’s funding of civil society organizations is saving lives and making a difference for those facing humanitarian catastrophes on an unprecedented scale. We are fortunate to have strong international civil society organizations in Ireland which have proven track records in delivering results and an excellent reputation internationally for delivering principled development and humanitarian action. We are committed to working closely with these organizations to achieve Sustainable Development Goals”.
This funding will reach millions of people across more than forty countries, delivering support in important sectors such as agriculture, health, water and sanitation, education, gender equality, human rights, and governance. Importantly, this scheme will include significant support to those most impacted by the devastating consequences of climate change, which is a key commitment of the Government of Ireland.