As William Easterly keeps reminding us at his excellent Aid Watch blog, there's an awful lot of 'aid' that isn't very helpful (or wise for that matter). His tongue-in-cheek post on If Hotels Were Aid Agencies gives you a sense of why initiatives like Kiva are much, much smarter.
The Green/FF Renewed Programme doesn't have much to say on overseas aid other than that:
We will set out clear targets showing how Ireland will meet its ODA commitments.Targets are cheap, of course. Maybe a smarter approach is needed: why not let the citizens choose the recipients of aid? And if we adopt a Kiva model we'll get the money back again and we can support other recipients anew.
'Renewable Aid' - sounds like the sort of things Greens should support ...