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Irish Aid is Ireland’s official programme for overseas development. It is a part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and managed by the Development Co-operation Division. Irish Aid’s priority areas include
- ending poverty,
- environment and climate change,
- gender equality,
- governance and human rights,
- HIV and AIDS,
- trade and economic growth and
- water and sanitation.
Irish Aid supports countries to use trade as a generator for additional resources and income. This support is inclusive of
- strengthening trade capacity,
- supporting fair and ethical trade,
- encouraging investment and knowledge transfer,
- promoting links between Irish and African businesses,
- promoting private sector development in our partner countries and
- supporting international initiatives.
The main focus of Irish Aid’s support in on sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, Irish Aid concentrates its long-term development assistance on nine key partner countries: Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia.