France ups Global Fund pledge by 20% to a €1.3 billion total

In a final push to reach the US$14.0 billion target, French president Emmanuel Macron joined Bill Gates in making increased commitments for the coming three-year period of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, whose sixth replenishment conference was held in Lyon. Macron and Gates announced that they would each pledge an additional US$60 million on top of pledges announced earlier in the day. 

In total, France increased its contribution by 20% to €1.3 billion (US$1.4 billion) including the additional US$60 million announced by President Macron.

Press release - Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria


French parliamentarian decries prime minister's proposal to tie development assistance to recipients' migration policy

In an interview, Hubert Julien-Laferrière, a French member of Parliament and rapporteur on the ODA budget to the National Assembly, refused in principle to tie French development assistance with migration issues. This debate remerged after French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe publicly considered conditioning French development assistance to the so-called "good conduct" of recipient countries to reduce migration flows during a hearing at French National Assembly, an option staunchly opposed by French NGOs, such as CCFD-Terre Solidaire, and Oxfam France.

Interview - La Croix (in French)


Solidarité Sida creates 'deepfake' video of US president Trump announcing the end of HIV/AIDS

Ahead of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria's replenishment conference in Lyon, France, French non-governmental organization (NGO) Solidarité Sida has created a 'deepfake' video clip, which stars US president Donald Trump announcing the end of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The clip, made using sophisticated new technology as part of Solidarité Sida's campaign, 'Treatment4all', seeks to gain momentum around the Global Fund's aim to mobilize US$14 billion for the next three years.

Solidarité Sida's campaign, 'Treatment4all', was launched in 2019. John, Antoine Griezmann, and the singer Angèle. Over 250 organisations across the world have joined the movement.

Website - Treatment4all (in French)


French NGOs say draft budget falls short of Macron's promised 0.55% GNI to ODA

Coordination SUD, the national umbrella organization of French NGOs, expressed concerns after the French government published the 2020 draft budget law providing details on development assistance allocations. The current ODA budget seems to plan an increase in France's ODA by €210 million (US$230 million) next year. Yet the funding outlined in the budget appears to be insufficient to reach the 0.55% GNI target by 2022, to which the French president, Emmanuel Macron, has committed on several occasions.

According to Coordination SUD, a €1.6 billion (US$1.8 billion) increase as soon as 2020 would be required to reach the target. Therefore, Coordination SUD asks French members of parliament to amend the budget law to mobilize additional funding through the allocation of 100% of the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) revenue to development assistance and an increase of the FTT's tax base from 0.3% to 0.5%. 

Press release - Coordination SUD (in French)


NGO campaign to support Global Fund replenishment centers voices of AIDS survivors

Coalition Plus, an international AIDS NGO network, released a series of testimonies from AIDS patients on how the Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria helped them to survive and thrive. AIDS activists from Morocco, Burundi, Mali, and Mauritius shared their stories.

The campaign's launch comes three weeks before the Global Fund replenishment, which aims to mobilize at least US$14 billion for the next three years, to save 16 million lives.

Website - Coalition Plus (in French)

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France will host first Green Climate Fund pledging conference

France has been accepted as the host for the first pledging conference of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in Paris on October 28-29, 2019. The decision was made at GCF's second replenishment consultation meeting, which brough together 27 potential contributors and eight board members to discuss key organizational issues.

Germany, Norway, the UK, France, and Canada have already announced their intention to contribute to the GCF replenishment.

Press release - Green Climate Fund


France recommits to reaching 0.55% GNI as ODA

French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, renewed France's commitment to increase French development assistance to reach 0.55% of GNI by 2022. During his  speech at the annual Ambassadors' Conference, Le Drian expressed the following key points:

  • The French bilateral agency, AFD, will benefit from a 1.5 billion (US$1.6 billion) authorization for forthcoming expenses in the next budget;
  • The bilateral channel will be prioritized, allowing the AFD to increase the volume of grants to 18 priority countries;
  • An increase of €100 million (US$110 million) for humanitarian assistance will be adopted as soon as next year; and
  • A 130 million (US$143 million) increase of the budget line led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been proposed in the 2020 budget law.

Report - Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in French)


French NGOs call for an increased financial transaction tax to grow development funding

In an open editorial published on July 20, 2019, 65 French NGOs, including Coordination SUD, Action against Hunger, Oxfam France, and Doctors of the World, called for an increase of the existing financial transactions tax to mobilize additional revenue for development.

The presentation of a bill to regulate official development assistance has been repeatedly postponed, despite previous commitments by the French government to pass and enact the law by 2019 and 2020, respectively. If signed into law, the bill would set a clear trajectory for French ODA spending to progressively reach 0.55% of France's GNI by 2022. The authors highlight the French public's pursuit of fiscal justice, crystalized in the Yellow Vest movement, and call upon their government to take action in response.

Op-ed - Le journal du Dimanche (in French)


France promotes digital financial inclusion for Africa at G7 Finance event

At the 2019 G7 Finance event held in Chantilly on July 17-18, France led a discussion on digital financial inclusion in Africa.

Following a report introduced by Melinda Gates entitled 'Women's Digital Financial Inclusion in Africa', France aims to mobilize millions of euros to fund proposals detailed in the Gates' Foundation report. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to give access to an additional 400 million African adults (of whom 60% are women) to digital financial services by 2030.

The report's recommendations notably include:

  • The creation of a system enabling inter-operability among digital payment systems;
  • The establishment of digital identity for women to facilitate access to credit; and
  • The creation of a legal environment that contributes to a harmonization of the existing regulation in the 54 African countries.

News article - Le Monde (in French)


NGOs call for accountability measures on gender equality pledges from G7 leaders

In a joint open editorial published by Euractiv, heads of several prominent French NGOs called upon G7 leaders to adopt a robust and effective accountability mechanism to monitor progress on gender equality recommendations made during the French presidency of the G7.

Notably, activists recommended initiating a Global Alliance for Gender Equality, which would replicate Open Government Partnership's methodology to monitor progress on gender equality through an independent reporting mechanism.

Editorial: Euractiv