Irish Aid is the Government of Ireland’s agency for the provision of financial assistance to developing countries, in compliance with the Millennium Development Goals.
Countries eligible for direct funding are: East Timor; Ethiopia; Lesotho; Malawi; Mozambique; Tanzania; Uganda; Vietnam; and Zambia.
Bilateral aid for specific projects can also be issued to Liberia; Sierra Leone; South Africa; West Bank/Gaza and Zimbabwe. Projects with a regional coverage are also eligible (Eastern Europe and Western Balkans only).
Irish Aid operates in the framework of the UN Millennium Development Goals and works in partnership with governments; international organisations; and NGOs.
The thematic priorities to receive financing from Irish Aid are agriculture; debt relief; education; emergency and recovery; gender; governance; health; HIV/AIDS; human rights and democracy; Information and Communication Technology; infrastructure and roads; trade; and water and sanitation.
The agency typically operates by means of grants and it also manages special funds, such as the Civil Society Fund for support to Civil Society Organizations in the fight against hunger.