France and Canada announce greater cooperation

French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reaffirmed the Franco-Canadian cooperation, achieved through a bilateral partnership and under the auspices of the G7. During the Prime Minister's state visit to Paris, Macron noted that France's support for Canadian G7 initiatives regarding climate change (particularly an initiative on the fight against plastic in the oceans), on gender equality, jobs for the future, inclusive growth, and peace and security. He also commended the G7 Advisory Committee on Gender Equality, put in place by Canada, which is chaired by Melinda Gates, and Isabelle Hudon.

The Heads of State announced an increase in cooperation through a bilateral partnership on the environment, aiming to coordinate joint actions on international transport, the organization of a Euro-Canadian seminar on carbon pricing, the articulation of both countries' environmental development policies, support for green finance, and joint action at the level of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Canada also decided to dispatch helicopters and associated military personnel to support the MINUSMA mission in Mali, an area in which the French are linked particularly through the military operation Barkhane. 

Joint press conference - Elysée (in French)

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AFD reports level of 2017 commitments

The French Development Agency AFD has presented key figures of its activity in 2017, which amounted to €10.4 billion (US$11.5 billion) in commitments, an 11% increase compared to the previous year. AFD increased its support of companies, local authorities and Southern civil society organizations by 30%, particularly via Proparco, a 100% private sector subsidiary. AFD also increased its commitments to Africa by 15%, in particular within the framework of the Sahel Alliance and directed €4 billion (US$4.4 billion) for climate-related projects. It championed 752 projects with concrete impacts: drinking water for 822,000 people, 3,395 MW of renewable energy installed, enrolled nearly 400,000 girls in school, and protected or restored 15 million hectares of land.

Press release - AFD


Saudi Arabia joins Sahel Alliance

In a joint press conference during a state visit to Paris, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Salman and French President Emmanuel Macron have announced that Saudi Arabia will join the Sahel Alliance. The country had previously committed to following in the footsteps of France by providing support and funds to the G5 Sahel joint armed forces. 

This new announcement places Saudi Arabia in joint partnership with states and organizations such as France, Germany, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the African Development Bank, the European Commission, as well as the U.K., Spain, and Italy, as it announced support for development initiatives in the region under the Sahel Alliance.  The activities fit into France's strategic vision for the Sahel, which aims to bring together both a military and a development pillar to tackle the ongoing crises in the region. 

Press conference - Elysée (in French)


New OECD figures say France reached 0.43% ODA/GNI in 2017

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)'s new figures on Official Development Assistance (ODA) for 2017 indicate that France's ODA reached 0.43% of  the gross national income (GNI). France increased its ODA by 14.9% in 2017 compared to 2016 levels (mainly due to increases in allocations to UN bodies and loans), reaching a total of US$11.3 billion in 2017. It is the biggest increase by an OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) member, placing ahead of Japan (+13.9%) and Italy (+10.2%).

The OECD figures also show that refugee costs only accounted for 5% of France’s ODA in 2017, but that half of French bilateral assistance was composed of loans, well above the DAC average. Further, there was a substantial rise in G7 ODA, which went from US$106 billion in 2016 to US$110 billion in 2017, 40% of which was due to France’s increase.

Data tables - OECD


Coordination SUD welcomes increase in French ODA

French NGO umbrella organization Coordination SUD released a statement welcoming the increase in French Official Development Assistance (ODA) as evidenced by the new 2017 figures published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). CSUD argued that the ODA increase in 2017 is due to the exceptional mobilization of parliamentarians and NGOs at the end of 2016, advocating for the 2017 budget to include an increase in both ODA and in the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT), which helps fund global development, going from 0.2% to 0.3%. Looking ahead, CSUD called for the entirety of the FTT revenues to be allocated to international development and climate change, as well as for France to increase its share of grants to benefit least developed countries (LDCs).

Press release - Coordination SUD (in French)


France reaffirms support for the WHO

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO), the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement listing its contributions and reaffirming its support for the entity. France is the 4th biggest contributor to the WHO in terms of mandatory contributions, amounting to €43.4 million in 2017 including an exceptional contribution of €5 million to the WHO Lyon office for the period 2017-2018. 

Priority areas for cooperation between France and the WHO, defined by a Framework Agreement on Cooperation, include International Health Security, Sustainable Development Goals in Health (SDG 3), the Reduction of Risk Factors and the Strengthening of Health Systems, including health financing, progress towards universal health coverage, health human resources, quality drugs, and health research and development.

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in French)

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Coordination SUD publishes news bulletin analyzing Macron's development policy so far and other timely issues

French NGO umbrella organization Coordination SUD published the spring issue of the news bulletin "Nouvelles de SUD". This edition analyzes the outcomes of the French National Humanitarian Conference, assesses the first 6 months of President Macron's international development policies, and delineates concerns following the Inter-Ministerial Committee for International Cooperation (CICID). Nouvelles de SUD also draws out the debate regarding the European Union's Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

Report - Coordination SUD (in French)


Coordination SUD publishes guide to help NGOs position themselves to potential donors, partners, and public

The French NGO umbrella organization Coordination SUD has published a guiding report which aims to help NGOs develop, adapt and perfect their "associative brand", better presenting it to partners, donors, corporate sponsors, philanthropists, new donors, media, and general supporters.

In the report, three associations (Djantoli, Enfants sans Frontières and Secours Islamique France) shared their experiences and approaches, explaining the motivations that led them to start building an associative brand identity, sharing the methodologies deployed to achieve it, and looking at successes and lessons learned. The report is primarily intended to facilitate the implementation of similar approaches in other associations.

Report - Coordination SUD (in French)


French NGOs sign open letter calling to protect rights of smallholder farmers

The Confédération Paysanne (Confederation of small holder farmers), the French Committee for International Solidarity (CFSI), and FIAN-France (FoodFirst Information and Action Networkhave sent French President Emmanuel Macron an open letter in favor of the recognition of the rights of peasants and those working in rural areas.

It was signed by 59 personalities and 68 civil society organizations, trade unions and NGOs, and encourages Macron to be engaged with, and to support, the working group of the United Nations Human Rights Council in their current drafting of an ambitious declaration on the rights of rural workers.

Press release - SOL (in French)

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Coordination SUD releases report on gender mainstreaming in the Colombian Peace Agreement

French NGO umbrella organization Coordination SUD has published a report on the mainstreaming of gender in international cooperation projects, in public policies, and recently in peace agreements with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army (FARC-EP). The study analyzes documents and highlights individual interviews in order to share experiences and good practices taking place in Colombia, especially considering that the subject of gender has been gradually positioning itself on the political agenda in recent years.

Report - Coordination SUD (in French)

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