Ireland's New International Development Policy Launched Today

World Vision Ireland welcomes the Government of Ireland’s new International Development Policy A Better World.

The Policy demonstrates Ireland’s commitment to the most vulnerable and ensuring that all countries are enabled to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.  The focus on Leaving No One Behind, contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, ensures that the most vulnerable men, women and children are placed at the centre of the new development policy.

As a child-focused overseas development organisation, we welcome the recognition in A Better World that young people are at the heart of the future and the critical importance of policies and programmes that recognise and support the needs of children and young people.

The focus on Climate Action, Gender Equality, Reducing Humanitarian Need and Good Governance as crucial elements of Ireland’s Global Plan reflects a commitment to tackling the fundamental challenges facing our world today, to achieve sustainable and inclusive development.

Welcoming the launch of the Policy, World Vision Ireland’s CEO Niall Mcloughlin stated “we commend the Irish Government for its leading role in making gender equality, women’s empowerment and Gender-Based-Violence (GBV) a priority. The commitment to prioritise education for girls, in particular in emergencies, to intensify work on women, peace and security and women’s economic empowerment is greatly received.” Only through empowering women and girls and ending all forms of discrimination and violence can we achieve meaningful, sustainable development and peaceful societies.

The importance of partnership and support for civil society, set out in A Better World, is a hallmark of Ireland’s quality aid programming. The generosity of Irish people in solidarity is recognised internationally and considered with pride at home. We welcome the commitment to reach the international target for Official Development Assistance of 0.7% of GNI by 2030.