Policy & Practice - A Development Education Review



Innovations in Development Education
Spring 2010

Guest Editorial: Overcoming fragmentation in Ireland’s development communities through an All Ireland Global Development Forum

Ruairi Brugha

The establishment of the Millennium Development Goals in 2000 and commitments by the G8 (Group of Eight) countries and the United Nations General Assembly in 2001 to increase funding for the fight against HIV and AIDS launched a decade of renewed commitment to development worldwide. It was also a decade where Ireland’s official overseas development assistance (ODA) rose dramatically, both in absolute amounts and in proportions of gross national income (GNI): increasing from €255 million (0.30 per cent of GNI) in 2000 to €921m (0.59 per cent of GNI) in 2008. By 2007, Ireland’s ODA of 0.54 pe

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