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Irish Aid

Irish Aid is the Irish Government’s programme for overseas development.

Aidlink and Irish Aid have a long history of working in partnership to tackle poverty and inequality in the developing world. Between 2012 and 2016, Aidlink’s Integrated Community Development Programme (ICDP) was supported under the Irish Aid Programme Grant 5-year funding cycle. See the ICDP end of programme evaluation here.


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2017 Irish Aid Funding

In 2017, Irish Aid will provide Aidlink with a funding grant of €431,228 in support of our Local Health and Development Programme (LHDP). Focused on enabling “people, especially women and girls, living in the poorest communities in Africa to achieve healthy and fulfilling lives”, this 1-year programme will support rural and nomadic pastoralist communities across Kenya (Kajiado and Turkana Counties) and Uganda (Karamoja, Masaka and Kagadi Districts) by:

  • Sustainably improving access to at least 2 basic resources or facilities (i.e. clean water, other natural resources, food, money, education and healthcare);
  • Establishing inclusive, participatory organisational structures through which target community members can efficiently tackle development challenges on an ongoing basis through planned collective action involving the mobilisation of local skills and resources and the advancement of rights-based claims to necessary external inputs;
  • Ensuring that public servants with responsibility for delivering support to target communities are a) accurately informed of the requirements of those communities and b) held to account by those communities;
  • Ensuring that partners have developed and demonstrated the capacity required to sustainably support programmatic initiatives with, and on be