AFD and FHF sign convention on hospital networks and partnerships

Rémy Rioux, Director General of the French Development Agency (AFD), and Frédéric Valletoux, President of the Hospital Federation of France (FHF),  have signed the convention "Project Hospital Networks and Partnerships 3" (PRPH 3). The agreement directs €3 million in grants for projects which aim to help improve the quality of care and management of hospitals in developing countries. This should be done by creating networks and partnerships between French and foreign hospitals (public or private). Geographic priorities include sub-Saharan Africa, and thematic priorities remain reproductive, maternal, neonatal, infant, and adolescent health.

Press release - Fédération hospitalière de France (in French)

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Coordination SUD publishes study on levels of funding for French NGOs

French NGO umbrella organization Coordination SUD, in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the French Development Agency (AFD), published a report analyzing the resources and expenditures of NGOs in France. The survey gathered responses from 133 NGOs and covers the 2012-2016 period. It sheds light on major developments in the sector, which has grown 38% since 2012 to €1.7 billion (US$ 1.5 billion) in size, with a peak of financial resources in 2015. 

The report finds that, in general, resources are mostly public at the international level and mostly private at the national level. It also notes that, though the respondents to the survey are mainly involved in two priority geographies of French development policy (sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean),  there has been a substantive increase in spending in favor of the Middle East (€1 billion dedicated over the period, or 22% of expenditures in 2016 against 8% in 2012). 

Report - Coordination SUD (in French)


Coordination SUD welcomes Gender Strategy and asks for further commitments

Coordination SUD (CSUD), an umbrella organization that gathers French NGOs working on development, issued a press release commenting on the new Gender Strategy, which was published by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on International Women's Day. CSUD welcomed the efforts expressed in the text, noting that it is a continuation of the previous strategies of 2007 and 2013, and that it takes into account recommendations given by civil society organizations. The release also singles out the Minister's stated intention to adopt the term "Droits Humains" (in English, human rights) instead of the currently used "Droits de l’Homme" (in English, Rights of Man). Nevertheless, the organizations say they will observe whether greater financial commitments and concrete budget allocations will be made for the sector in the new future.

Press release - Coordination SUD


France publishes gender equality strategy for the 2018-2022 period

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has published its International Strategy for Gender Equality, which provides the guidelines that will coordinate the gender perspective in France's development policies, as well as its external action for the next five years.  It is a translation of President Emmanuel Macron's commitment to make gender equality a focus of his term in office, recognizing a worrying international context where women and girls are the first to be affected by poverty, conflict, and climate change. The strategy puts the issue of gender equality at the center of all the mechanisms promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: cooperation and development, economic diplomacy, influence, cultural, and educational policies. 

The five sectoral areas of intervention are: 1) Ensuring free and equal access to services, including basic social services, such as education and sexual and reproductive health; 2) Promoting access to productive and economic resources; 3) Ensuring women and girls' equal and free access to rights and justice; 4) Ensuring the effective participation of women in decision-making in economic, political and social areas; and 5) Ensuring equal participation of women in peace and security processes.

In order to do that, the MFA will: a) Redouble its efforts for equality and parity within its own teams and those of its operators; b) Intensify political advocacy on gender equality; c) Determine that 50% of all projects of the French Development Agency (AFD) integrate a goal of reducing gender inequalities; d) Improve the visibility, transparency, and accountability of the gender actions carried out by the MFA and its operators; and e) Strengthen links with civil society actors, the private sector, and research to tackle gender inequalities.

Gender strategy - Ministry of Foreign Affairs


UK gives £2 million (US$2.7 million) in additional support for security in Sahel region

Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for the Department for International Development (DFID), announced a two year non-ODA £2million ($2.7 million) contribution to the G5 Sahel Joint Force. The money will be spent through the Conflict, Stability, and Security Fund (CSSF), one of the UK's cross-government funds that spends both ODA and non-ODA money.  The G5 Joint Force, a Sahelian regional security initiative, is tasked with supporting Sahel states to improve their own security. 

The pledge was made at the G5 Pledging conference, where France and Germany also provided more funding. 

Press release - UK government 

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Sahel Alliance pledges reach €6 billion for the 2018-2022 period

The Sahel Alliance was launched in Brussels during a High-Level Conference on the Sahel. The founding members of the Alliance (France, Germany, the EU, the WB, the AfDB, and UNDP) were joined by new members (Italy, Spain, and the UK) and Sahelian countries, and announced that €6 billion (US$5.4 billion) would be disbursed over the period 2018-2022.

These investments will support over 500 projects in the Sahel region, aiming at boosting development through the 6 priority pillars: youth employment, rural development and food security, energy and climate, governance, decentralization and access to basic services, and security. 12 of those projects were highlighted during the conference as flagship examples of what the Alliance’s approach will be. Project implementation will start rapidly, as the founding members have expressed that they are pushing for an element of fast impact, since there will be monitoring and evaluations carried out already in the first year of implementation.

Press release - World Bank


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19 African and International NGOs offer a framework for the Sahel Alliance

A group of 19 African and international NGOs have backed a framework for the recently launched Sahel Alliance that guarantees sustainable change in Sahelian countries, fostering a paradigm shift in development cooperation. The proposal calls for the Alliance to follow a framework that would be structured around 1) Equal partnership between African and partner governments; 2) Transparency and accountability; 3) Improving the quality and quantity of financial resources; 4) Empowering women and girls; and 5) Organizing a 2018 Sahel Summit for announcements and the joining of a broader range of partners.

Press release - ONE

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OECD releases study on SMEs and entrepreneurship

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released the study "Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2018: An OECD Scoreboard", showing that small- and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasingly turning to alternative sources of financing. At the same time, new bank lending is declining in a number of countries. The study finds that many SMEs remain over-reliant on bank credit and the adoption of instruments other than conventional debt significantly varies from one country to another.

Study - OECD

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President Macron announces launch of Asian initiatives stemming from One Planet Summit

While hosting a Chinese New Year reception in Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron detailed a range of areas in which France has cooperation with Asian countries, singling out collaboration in the fight against climate change following the US' announced withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. One specific example of a commitment from the One Planet Summit was the establishment of a carbon market in China.

Macron expressed full support to China in the organization of the Conference of Parties on Biodiversity in 2020 and announced that several projects will be launched in the fall of 2018 as part of the framework of the French-Chinese year of ecological transition. He also announced he will accompany Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the founding summit of the International Solar Alliance, which will be the first concrete implementation of One Planet Summit's commitments to make solar energy accessible to all and to deploy it in developing countries.

Speech - Elysée (in French)


French think tank publishes policy brief on the renewal of the Cotonou Agreement

French think tank IDDRI published a policy brief on the renewal of the Cotonou Agreement, noting that since 2000 it has been the framework for the European Union's relations with 79 countries from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific (ACP). Considering that in 2020 the agreement comes to an end, the European Commission made in December 2017 a proposal to open negotiations for a renewal of the partnership. The policy paper evaluates what has been achieved by the agreement so far, providing an overview of successes and challenges, and issuing recommendations for its subsequent renewal. 

Policy brief - IDDRI (in French)

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