Alice Albright, CEO of the Global Partnership for Education, met Irish Minister of State for overseas aid Ciarán Cannon to discuss ways to boost support for education in developing countries. She...
The Ministry of education and human development in Mozambique signed an agreement with education sector partners to improve the quality of primary education.
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Aid to education

In Ireland, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is responsible for Irish ODA. Irish Aid, the Irish Government’s official aid program, lies with the Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Development Cooperation Directorate, a Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs, is responsible for administering the Irish Aid program.

The Irish Aid’s 2008 Education Policy guides Ireland’s support to education. Since its establishment Irish Aid has given priority to education in recognition of the key role it plays in poverty reduction.

The main priority areas for development cooperation in education include: access, quality, gender equality, and strengthening public education systems. The key focus areas include: teacher education, curriculum development and systems of assessment.

According to the Irish government, 70% of all expenditure on education is in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2015, the top recipients of Irish aid to basic education were Uganda, South Africa, South Sudan, and Kenya.

The Global Campaign for Education has praised Ireland for being a role model in terms of the quality of its aid to education, since its closely linked to national education sector plans.

Ireland and GPE

Ireland is the alternate board member of the Donor 4 constituency on the GPE Board, Finland and Norway are also part of this constituency.

Ireland was a co-sponsor of the first GPE replenishment conference in Copenhagen in November 2011.

Last updated November 17, 2017