On Thursday, the first export of aid from Ireland’s foreign aid budget was announced.
The budget, worth an estimated €8.7bn (£6.7b), will help the country with medical care, education and infrastructure projects as well as humanitarian assistance.
It is also expected to contribute to the economy and help alleviate the effects of the current economic crisis.
The first shipments of Irish aid were made on July 1, 2015.
They were given to countries including Bangladesh, India, India and China, along with the United States.
Last year, the Irish government gave $9.6bn (£7.6b) worth of assistance, a record.
The budget is expected to cover an additional €1.3bn (£1.1b) of aid in 2016.
It was announced that Irish aid would be distributed to 50 countries across the world in the first year of its implementation, but that this number is likely to increase as the country grows as a member of the European Union.