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International Donors and Emergency Relief


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Irish Contribution
Role of Irish NGOs
World Bank

Donor Country Profiles

ReliefWeb's Donor Country Profiles provide details of annual donor spending by donor country, emergency, sector and appealing agency.

Irish Contribution

Irish Aid has as one of its key priorities the provision of support for developing countries suffering from natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies. Irish Aid is now an increasingly substantial player in the emergency response and recovery sectors. There are two schemes under which emergency and recovery assistance is provided.

Emergency Humanitarian Assistance: The objective of Emergency Humanitarian Assistance is to save and protect lives in emergency situations through the provision of emergency relief. Assistance is mainly channelled through; Irish and International NGOs, UN bodies such as WFP, UNICEF, UNHCR and International organisations such as the Red Cross.

Role of Irish NGOs

Irish NGO’s play a vital role in protecting and bringing relief to victims of disaster and in assisting them to regain control over their lives. According to the Irish Government White Paper on Foreign Policy ‘Irish NGOs have a distinguished record of service in emergency relief spanning the last three decades’.

Trócaire is the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. It has a dual mandate: to support long-term development projects overseas and to provide relief during emergencies; and at home to inform the Irish public about the root causes of poverty and injustice and mobilise the public to bring about global change. Trocaire receives Irish Aid support under the Multi-Annual Programme Scheme (MAPS) and for work in emergency and post-emergency rehabilitation supports

Concern Worldwide is devoted to the relief and assistance of the poorest people throughout the world. It receives support from Irish Aid through the Multi-Annual Programme Scheme (MAPS) and for Emergency Response and Recovery activities.

Oxfam Ireland is committed to ending poverty and suffering in developing countries.

Plan Ireland is a humanitarian, child-focused organisation working with families and their communities to meet the needs of children around the world.

World Vision Ireland works with children and families in need around the world, irrespective of religious beliefs, gender, race, or ethnic background.

Christian Aid Ireland is an agency of the churches in the UK and Ireland. They work wherever the need is greatest – irrespective of religion or race. They support local organizations and also give help on the ground through 16 overseas offices.

Action Aid Ireland is dedicated entirely to development aid. Their mission is to alleviate poverty and deprivation in developing countries by starting and supporting programmes and projects which will enable local communities to break out of the cycle of poverty. They work entirely through local people.

GOAL is an international humanitarian agency dedicated to the alleviation of the suffering of the poorest of the poor. It works towards ensuring that the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities, and those affected by humanitarian crises have access to the fundamental needs and rights of life, i.e. food, water, shelter, medical attention and primary education. Goal also receives funding from Irish Aid through MAPS.

Amnesty International Ireland (AI) is a worldwide movement of people which campaigns for internationally recognized human rights. AI’s mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights.

Church Missionary Society Ireland (CMSI) is a Christian Mission and Development Agency, which has been working for over 190 years in partnership with the Church in Ireland and the Church overseas to share the Gospel, in meaningful ways, throughout the world.

Childfund Ireland facilitates the sponsorship of children throughout 27 countries and manages development and emergency programmes worldwide. All programmes are focused on children and their communities.

Unicef Ireland When an emergency happens, UNICEF responds immediately bringing life-saving assistance to children and their families in four key areas: Health and Nutrition; Education; Child Protection and Water supply and Sanitation.


The Mission of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies, advocate for the rights of people in need, promote preparedness and prevention, and facilitate sustainable solutions.

FAO’s role in emergencies: FAO is a key player in emergencies. Its focus is on food production and agriculture, reflecting its specialization and responsibility within the United Nations family. Assisting in preventing disaster-related emergencies, providing early warnings of food emergencies and helping in rehabilitation of food production systems are FAO’s predominant roles in humanitarian aid.

Over the past 10 years the World Health Organisation (WHO) has taken an increasingly active role in helping to ease the impact of natural and manmade disasters on the health of millions of people around the world. Within WHO, the Department of Emergency and Humanitarian Action co-ordinates inputs from the Organization’s technical departments with those of governmental, UN and non-governmental (NGO) organizations to address core health issues in emergencies.

World Food Programme
The WFP specialises in getting the right food to the right people in times of crisis. In 2010, it aims to reach more than 90 million people with food assistance in more than 70 countries. The WFP emergency response occurs at the request of the local government and requires funds from the international community to put that response into operation.


The European Humanitarian Aid Department - ECHO
ECHO is the EU body responsible for humanitarian aid and relief to afflicted areas outside the European Union. Part of its mission is to provide relief to victims of armed conflict. The website offers information on aid-strategy, mission, decisions as well as publications related to the topic of humanitarian aid.

World Bank

The Conflict, Crime and Violence (CCV) Team at the World Bank will contribute to the World Bank's mission of reducing poverty and improving economic growth by promoting an improved understanding of the role of CCV within the development context and promoting effective, practical strategies to reduce and prevent them.

ProVention was established by the World Bank in 2000 to address the increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters and their social, economic and environmental impacts on developing countries. As poor countries continue to be disproportionately affected by disasters and incur the majority of costs, there is a growing recognition of the inextricable links between disaster vulnerability, poverty and development.


UK Department for International Development (DFID) Responding to Humanitarian Emergencies


OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, the Development Directorate On the OECD Development Cooperation Directorate’s website one can for instance find aid statistics, information on aid effectiveness and donor practices as well as on the DAC network on conflict, peace and development co-operation. The website also offers country-specific information and publications & documents.

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