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Decision Making in DFAT

Decision making for major policy proposals

The mission of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is to serve the Irish people, promote their values and advance their prosperity abroad, and to provide the Government with the capabilities, analysis and influence to ensure that Ireland derives the maximum benefit from all areas of its external engagement. In this section you will find information on decision making on a number of major policy initiatives which help us achieve fulfil that mission and how we assess how well we are meeting our objectives.


Ireland’s Second National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

A Consultative Document was prepared by the Consultative Group inviting written submissions from relevant stakeholders on how Ireland could renew the National Action Plan. The document is available here. In all, 37 written submissions were received from stakeholders and these are available at this link. The Consultative Group also organised a consultative workshop in Iveagh House, Dublin, which featured an expert panel discussion and roundtable discussions on the themes of empowerment, prevention, protection and relief, monitoring and accountability and international developments. This workshop provided an opportunity for participants to listen to the voices of policy experts and women affected by conflict, as well as network and share experiences. Details of attendees and reports of the themes discussed are also available online.


Irish Aid

One World One Future

One World, One Future is Ireland’s Policy for International Development. It sets out what our goals and areas of focus are, and what we want to achieve by using our aid, our voice, and our capacity. This policy will now guide the Government’s engagement on international development.


The Framework for Action is a management instrument for the Irish Aid Programme, managed by the Department. The Framework will underpin policy and programming decisions up to 2017. You can access it at this link.


Irish Abroad Unit

Ireland has an enormous Diaspora, estimated by some as totalling some 70 million people worldwide who can claim some Irish descent. The scale and reach of that Diaspora is a result of successive waves of large-scale emigration, over a period of more than 150 years. Engagement with the Diaspora has long been of enormous importance for Ireland. It has been a distinctive feature of efforts to bring a lasting peace to the island. It has built economic links resulting in trade, investment and tourism. The achievements of the Diaspora, both Irish born and those of Irish descent, have enhanced Ireland’s profile and reputation internationally, and are a source of pride to people in Ireland. Our Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) supports Irish communities overseas by funding non-profit organisations and projects. Learn more about recipients of Emigrant Support Programme Funding.

Our ‘Global Irish: Ireland’s Diaspora Policy’ which was the result of a public consultation process might also be of interest to you.

In 2013 an Evaluation of Organisations funded under the Emigrant Support was completed.



Evaluation gives an impartial assessment of how well we are meeting our objectives. It offers useful lessons to guide Irish Aid in its future planning. As part of our commitment to accountability and transparency, we make the findings available and publish the results of our evaluations. Learn more about our evaluation reports.