Peter Cassells is chairman of the expert group on third-level funding, which needs ideas and fast. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

  Could third-level savings bonds be sold politically? Peter Cassells, chairman of the expert group on third-level funding, was giving(...)

 Minister of State for Overseas Development Assistance Seán Sherlock, who said that the Rapid  Response Corps played a key role in the State’s humanitarian response strategy. Irish Aid has called for skilled volunteers to consider joining the corps. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Irish Aid is calling for skilled and experienced volunteers to consider joining the Irish Rapid Response Corps as part of the Government’s programme f(...)

Seán Sherlock: he said Ireland was a committed supporter of using agricultural development to lift people out of hunger and poverty

Teagasc and Irish Aid have signed an agreement to use agricultural research and training to help developing countries.The agricultural research body a(...)

Microsoft’s Bill Gates speaks at the ‘Reach every child’ conference in Berlin. Minister of State Seán Sherlock has announced an additional €3 million in Irish Aid funding for vaccines for children dying from preventable diseases. Photograph: Bernd Von Jutrczenka/EPA

The Government has announced additional €3 million in funding for vaccines for children dying from preventable diseases, raising the Irish Aid oversea(...)

Minister for Development Joe Costello said Ireland continued to deliver substantial overseas assistance during difficult financial times in part because of “strong legacy reasons going back to the famine”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The total amount of money given by Ireland in overseas development assistance increased last year in monetary terms from €628.9 million in 2012 to €63(...)

India: recent graduate Kate Doyle at Betberia School in Kolkata
Voluntary exits

The Irish have a long history of working in the developing world. At the annual Irish Aid volunteering fair, in Dublin today, 23 organisations will be(...)

Emma Jane Geraghty of the Liberian Solidarity Group and Ifrah Ahmed, campaigner on the issue of Female Genital Mutilation at yesterday’s  Africa-Ireland Economic Conference at the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Ireland must move away from a donor-recipient relationship with Africa towards one of partnership and collaboration, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign(...)

HIV sufferer Felismina Pedro Wmbi Maholela and her 10-year-old daughter Madalena being treated at the busy Polana Canico clinic in Maputo, Mozambique. Photograph:  Sarah Stack/PA Wire

A grandmother with HIV has revealed how she is living a normal healthy life as a direct result of money from Irish taxpayers. Zadia (...)