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Irish foreign aid
Kevin O’Sullivan

a willingness of export credit agencies, banks and multilateral development lending institutions to increase their exposure in Sub-Saharan Africa’.51 Disasters like the drought in the Sahel and improved African investment in areas like agriculture, industry and infrastructure made donors more willing to provide assistance to the continent. Wider European patterns were also important. The EC concentrated its aid entirely on its Associated States in Africa prior to the signing of the Lomé Convention in 1975, generating a further emphasis on the continent in European

in Ireland, Africa and the end of empire
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Kevin O’Sullivan

increasingly to define the direction of government policy. By the 1970s, foreign aid had emerged to become the primary channel of contact between the Irish Government and its counterparts in the developing world. But its growing importance could not be divorced from broader changes to the political context. In February 1975, during the state’s first presidency of the EC, Irish officials oversaw the final negotiation of the Lomé Convention, a trade agreement between the Community and the developing world. The status Ireland courted as a former colony, able to empathise with the

in Ireland, Africa and the end of empire