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Ireland—Commitment to Development Index

The Commitment to Development Index ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries on policies that affect people living in poorer nations. This is the country report for Ireland. For results of all countries, visit the main CDI page.

Overall

Ireland ranks 16th on the Commitment to Development Index. Its best performance is on the security, trade, and aid components.
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Aid

Ireland is one of the best performers on the aid component. In 2016, Ireland provided 0.33% of its GNI for development assistance. This is below the international commitment of 0.7% GNI and slightly below the average among the CDI countries. On the other hand, Ireland is rewarded for the high quality of its aid program, mainly for providing aid to poor countries and for fostering institutions; its aid is untied and transparently reported.
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Finance

Ireland ranks 15th on the finance component. Ireland provides some support to investment in developing countries and performs above average on facilitating financial transparency. It could, however, improve its commitments to the regulatory investment framework, such as the OECD anti-bribery convention. Moreover, its policies leave room for improvement, especially regarding public company ownership and information exchange. 
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Technology

Ireland performs below average on the technology component. In 2016, the government provided only 0.27% of Ireland’s GDP for research and development. Much of its investment is directed toward funding universities, research in industrial production and technology, as well as to the agricultural sector. Ireland also gets a rather low score on its intellectual property rights policies. With regard to sharing knowledge with developing countries, there is room for improvement in database protection and patents on plant and animal varieties.
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Environment

Ireland performs well below average on the environment component. Ireland is a party to important international agreements tackling climate change and overfishing. It is also rewarded for having no fossil fuel production. It could improve its performance by better monitoring and reporting to international biodiversity conventions and by increasing its gasoline taxes. It should also reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
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Trade

Ireland ranks 7th on trade. Ireland has the most open trade service policies, alongside Germany. Furthermore, its red-tape measures on imports are relatively limited. It has very high agricultural subsidies, however, and could lower tariffs on imports from developing countries even more.
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Security

Ireland scores 10th on security. Ireland is party to all international security agreements taken into account in the CDI and exports almost no arms to undemocratic countries. Its peacekeeping contributions have decreased significantly, however, from being the third greatest among all CDI countries (in % GDP) to an average level.
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Migration

Ireland ranks 21st on migration policy, with its performance below average on all indicators. Ireland could enhance its commitment to development by opening its borders to migrants, students, asylum seekers, and refugees from developing countries and by improving its migrant integration policies. 
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