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Ireland gave €150m in overseas aid in 2016

A boy walks near damaged buildings in al-Rai town, northern Aleppo countryside, Syria December 30, 2016. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
A boy walks near damaged buildings in al-Rai town, northern Aleppo countryside, Syria December 30, 2016. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Irish people gave over €150 million to overseas aid in 2016, according to new figures released by Irish Aid.

Over 125 million people were in need of humanitarian aid in 2016 across the world.

Irish people donated the most to the Syrian crisis with over €25m raised for the cause.

Africa

Ireland donated a large sum of money to nine African causes this year with South Sudan the most popular cause with over €11m donated by Irish people.

Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) received some €4m while the Central African Republic (CAR) received over €6m.

Infographic on Irish aid provided in 2016
Infographic on Irish aid provided in 2016

Irish people donated over €3m to Nigeria and almost €6m to Somalia.

Middle East

Countries in the middle east also received Irish funding with €3m for Iraq and €4m for Yemen.

Funding

The funding includes costs associated with deployment of 37 rapid responders and 357 tonnes of emergency relief stocks to these and other crises throughout 2016 under Ireland’s Rapid Response Initiative.

Additional core funding of €27m was also provided to key humanitarian partners and to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund in 2016.

The Department of Agriculture also provided €6m of funding as part of a €20m contribution to the World Food Programme in 2016.

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