Donor scores: Ireland
Ireland ranked 3rd overall in the 2009 HRI, moving up one place over last year. It took top ranking in Pillar 2 (Prevention, risk reduction and recovery), moving up from 5th place last year. It was among the top donors on Pillar 1 (Responding to needs), shifting from 4th to 3rd, and in Pillar 3 (Working with humanitarian partners), with a 5th place ranking, and Pillar 4 (Protection and International Law), at 7th place. In Pillar 5, however, Ireland slid from 6th place in 2008 to 10th place this year. Ireland ranked 1st among its peers for generosity and burden sharing (along with Norway, Sweden and Luxembourg).
In spite of Ireland’s consistently high rankings across most of the pillars, its ranking by indicator vary widely. It ranked highest among the donor group for independence from non-humanitarian objectives, timeliness of funding to complex emergencies, funding local capacity, conditionality that does not compromise humanitarian action and flexibility. It also ranked 1st for funding to UN consolidated appeals, funding IFRC and ICRC appeals, UN coordination mechanisms, and CERF and other quick disbursement mechanisms. Ireland also excelled on indicators regarding respect for human rights law (1st), supporting the transition from recovery to development (2nd) and reporting requirements (2nd). In contrast, it was among the lowest donors in rankings for protection (21st), supporting the needs of refugees (21st), and supporting local and government authorities’ coordination capacity (22nd). In the different crises studied this year Ireland scored slightly below the overall donor average.