Ireland Eyes New Aid Approach

African kids carry Irish flags. Ireland plans to build new relationships in Africa. Photo by: Irish Aid

Ireland will continue to make hunger and poverty priority issues under its new aid strategy, but it plans to build new relationships in Africa “based on politics, democracy and trade,” according to its development minister.

At the launch of the Irish Aid-sponsored “Development Matters” lecture series on Nov. 2 in Dublin, Minister of State for Trade and Development Jan O’Sullivan said her country’s long-term target is to end aid dependency.

She revealed that the new aid strategy will take into account the economic transformation that is happening in some African nations.

“Larger African economies, such as South Africa, Nigeria and Egypt, have averaged growth rates consistently above 5 percent since the year 2000,” she said, as quoted by Irish Times. “However, at the same time, we recognize that poverty and hunger will continue to be huge problems in many parts of Africa.”

The Irish government is currently reviewing its development cooperation policy, a process that is expected to be completed in July 2012.

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