Ireland — a global leader in foreign aid

When many countries are reducing their aid to the world's poorest countries, Ireland still dedicates more than half its official development assistance budget to LDCs and uses poverty and fragility as formal criteria for selecting priority countries. A guest opinion by OECD Chair Erik Solheim following the recent peer review of Irish aid.

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About the author

  • Erik Solheim

    Erik Solheim is chair of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee since January 2013, and incoming executive director of the U.N. Environment Program. With a solid background in climate, the environment and peace building, Solheim was also Norway’s minister for international development from 2005 to 2012.