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Trócaire welcome the decision to continue to invest in overseas aid

Trócaire welcomes the Government’s decision to continue to invest in overseas aid in Budget 2021. Through the Irish Aid programme, Trócaire continues to positively contribute to improving the lives of the world’s poorest people.

“These are extraordinary times for Ireland and for the entire world,” said Caoimhe de Barra, Trócaire CEO. “We understand the Government is budgeting in deeply uncertain times and we are pleased that they have demonstrated an understanding for the need to continue to invest in global development. At a time when other countries are retreating inwardly, it should be a source of pride that Ireland continues to look outwardly to play a positive role in the world.

“The Covid crisis has caused enormous economic suffering for the world’s poorest people. Many countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America lack social safety nets. Hundreds of millions of people work in the informal economy earning as little as €2 a day. Lockdowns and travel restrictions left them without means to provide for their families. The economic effects of this crisis will go on for many years. The UN estimate that as many as 270 million people may face food shortages over the coming months alone.

“Only approximately 40 cents out of every €100 Ireland spends is spent on overseas development so proportionately it is a small spend but it continues to save and change lives across the developing world.

“We hope that once Ireland navigates the current crisis the Government will continue its pathway towards reaching its international commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on overseas aid.”

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