Minister of State for Trade and Development, Jan O’Sullivan, TD has announced the Review of the 2006 White Paper on Irish Aid, the Government’s programme for overseas development.
The Review will be led by the Irish Aid Expert Advisory Group, whose role is to offer independent advice to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister of State for Trade and Development on the aid programme.
The review group is chaired by Chris Flood, former Chair of the Advisory Board for Irish Aid and a former Minister of State at the Department of Health and at the Department of Sports and Tourism.
Members include Professor Tom Lodge, Director of the MA in Peace and Development Studies at the University of Limerick; Professor Patrick Fitzpatrick, Director of the Centre for International Development at University College Cork; Professor Jane Harrigan, Professor of Economics and Head of Department at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London; Donal McNally, second secretary general at the Department of Finance and Ronan Murphy, former Director General of Irish Aid.
The White Paper on Irish Aid, published in 2006, sets out Ireland’s vision for development, and outlines how and where the Irish Aid programme will work to achieve the primary aim of poverty reduction.