French Minister of Foreign Affairs announces key priorities for UNGA

French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, held a press conference in New York where he listed the core priorities for France during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) this week. Among other issues such as terrorism and multilateralism, Le Drian listed development and Official Development Assistance (ODA), focusing specifically on climate, education, gender, and fragile African states as key issues that France will bring up during UNGA. He also mentioned President Emmanuel Macron’s pledge to spend 0.55% of Gross National Income (GNI) on ODA by 2022 as a testament to France’s commitment to international development. Further, he announced that France will present the matter of security and development in the Sahel to the UN Security Council during the French presidency next month. 

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in French)

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Development assistance rally urges France to reach 0.7% target

Pro development assistance movement, Printemps Solidaire, gathered over 200,000 attendants to its concert rally at Place de la Concorde in Paris, calling for President Emmanuel Macron to reach the target of spending 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) on Official Development Assistance (ODA). Printemps Solidaire is a movement supported by over 70 organizations as well as advocates and influencers. The concert served as a tool for civil society actors to exert pressure on the new French administration and representatives at congress, urging them to support an ODA increase (France is currently at 0.38%). ODA levels are determined each year in the budget law; the 2018 bill is currently being discussed and will be adopted in December.

News article – Le Parisien (in French)

News article – Libération (In French)


French Development Agency joins agricultural partnership targeting sub-Saharan Africa

French Development Agency (AFD) will join the Rockefeller Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in a partnership aiming to transform agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative gathers US$280 million in investments to boost the income of at least 30 million small farmers and improve food security in eleven countries: Kenya, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Malawi, and Mozambique. It also aims to be a technical development institution promoting resilience to climate change among African producers.

News article – Jeune Afrique (in French)

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ONE 2017 data report notes slight increase in French ODA

ONE has released its 2017 Data Report, analyzing global development financing and comparing the country budgets of major donors. The report notes that even though there was a slight increase in French ODA levels, from 0.37% of GNI in 2015 to 0.38% in 2016, the share directed to least developed countries (LDCs) followed a worldwide trend and fell to less than 25%. Friederike Röder, ONE’s Director in France, stated that since President Emmanuel Macron has committed to increasing ODA levels to 0.55% by 2022, France should also commit to an increase in development assistance in the 2018 Budget bill, which is currently being drafted.

Website - ONE (in French)


ONE 2017 data report urges a 'doubling' of development finance in Africa

International campaigning and advocacy organization ONE's 2017 data report, 'Financing for the African Century', reveals that the world's poorest countries - and the world's poorest citizens - are receiving a declining share of global resources. While ODA levels have grown globally, the share for least developed countries (LDCs) and Africa has declined, and foreign direct investment (FDI) flows remain the lowest of any region in the world. 

With the continent’s population set to double by 2050, the report urges that all forms of development finance also be doubled. According to the report, increased investment in the empowerment of Africa's youth will be critical to harnessing its 'demographic dividend' and will require cooperation between African governments, donors, civil society, and the private sector.

Publication - ONE

Chad's president garners €15 million for development during Paris conference

Chadian president Idriss Déby organized a conference in Paris to secure financing for the country’s development strategy  and to put Chad on track to become an emerging country by 2030. Over 500 private and public investors and donors were invited. The $10 billion CFA francs in financing (around €15.2 million; US$16.9 million) largely surpassed the $5 billion initially expected.

However, the amount is still not enough to finance all of Chad’s National Development Plan for 2017-2021. The country will have to continue its pursuit of further investments with other donors and international institutions.

News article - Le Tribune Afrique


France names diplomat Pascal Teixeira da Silva as ambassador for migration

President Emmanuel Macron has created a new office, naming diplomat Pascal Teixeira da Silva Ambassador for Migration. President Macron’s decision to create this position stems from an agreement between EU and African leaders to collaborate more closely on migration. Teixeira da Silva will be responsible for working with countries of transit and origin to manage current points of tension, such as the Libyan border.

News article - Le Monde (in French)


President Macron outlines his vision for France’s foreign policy, including ODA trajectory

French President Emmanuel Macron has confirmed an increase in total French ODA to 0.55% of GNI by 2022. He highlighted a specific increase in bilateral aid, prioritizing education, women and girls, climate change, and global pandemics, including HIV/AIDS. Macron also announced the nomination of a special envoy to the Sahel region of Africa to lead work on the security-development nexus and the creation of a ‘Presidential Council for Africa’, made up of a dozen eminent figures, including from civil society, and other African specialists, that will report directly to the president.

Press release – France Diplomatie (in French)


French President Macron hosts mini-EU summit on migration in Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed leaders from Chad, Nigeria, Libya, Germany, Italy, and Spain, as well as the European Union (EU) High Representative, to take stock of migratory crises in the region and to “reaffirm European support to Chad, Nigeria and Libya for managed migratory flows”. The event follows the Valetta summit in 2015, when the EU committed €1.8 billion in financing to assist migratory management. Leaders noted that further support to Africa for migration is needed, specifically through the European Development Fund (EDF).

Newspaper article – Le Monde (in French)

Newspaper article – Elysee (in French)

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France pledges €430 million to support peace in Iraq

France has announced it will extend a concessional loan of €430 million to Iraq to support financial reform, improved governance of public finances and businesses, and investment in energy efficiency.  These improvements are also intended to attract further investment from other donors and international organizations to assist with the costs of reconstruction, estimated to be between US$700 billion and US$1000 billion. A donors’ conference is planned in Kuwait for the end of 2017.

News article – Les Echos (in French)