At a glance
Strategic priorities
  • According to the latest CICID conclusions (February 2018), France has five development priority areas: 1) international stability, 2) climate change, 3) education, 4) gender equality, and 5) global health. Global education and the fight against climate change are flagship priorities of the government.
  • In overall foreign policy, France prioritizes security and combating terrorism with a strong focus on the Sahel region of Africa, where development projects accompany France’s military and political interventions.
  • Geographically, France takes a differentiated approach to allocating its ODA. It provides grants mainly to 19 countries (almost all in sub-Saharan Africa), while relying on ODA loans in emerging economies.

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  • In Q1 2020, the government put forward a new draft Program and Orientation Law. This bill aims to enshrine the projected ODA expansion into law (requiring France to reach its goal of spending 0.55% of its GNI on ODA by 2022), provides strategic direction for French development policy between 2020 and 2022, and puts forward new indicators of impact.  
  • France’s political focus on gender equality may increase over the next years, as outlined in the gender equality strategy for 2018 to 2022. In 2020, France co-hosts the Generation Equality Forum organized by UN Women, where Action Coalitions aim to provide incentives for additional financial and political commitments on key gender-related issues.
  • REACTing, a multi-disciplinary collaborative network of French research institutions, plays a key role in the global response to the COVID-19 outbreak. REACTing will select and fund 20 immediate impact projects against COVID-19 and support capacity building and hospital preparedness in five African countries.