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Coordination SUD releases French version of the report “The Role of the Private Sector in Development”

In partnership with the European NGO confederation for relief and development, Concord, the French NGO umbrella organization, Coordination SUD has released the French version of the report “The Role of the Private Sector in Development”. It is a 10-point road map for Europe detailing how private-sector actors can contribute on a global scale to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, the report highlights actions that the European Union (EU) and its Member States should take to create an environment that maximizes this potential. The proposed recommendations cover various related policy areas: development, trade and investment, tax policies, financial regulations, competition, justice, remedies, and decision-making in European institutions.

Report – Coordination SUD (in French)

France

Coordination SUD releases 9th ‘Notes de Sud’ on growth corridors in the global south

French NGO umbrella organization, Coordination SUD, has released the ninth edition of ‘Notes de Sud’, written by the organization’s Agriculture and Food Commission. The policy brief looks at challenges of growth corridors as they become key to agricultural growth in the global south. Growth corridors have become increasingly important in agricultural development strategies in sub-Saharan Africa. Several donors, including the World Bank and the African Development Bank, use growth corridors as part of their agricultural development strategies; however, the report states that their positive impact on food and nutrition security and the fight against poverty has yet to be proven.

Policy brief – Coordination SUD

France

France and China sign agreement to increase cooperation on development issues

The French Development Agency (AFD) and the China Development Bank (CDB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their strategic and operational cooperation – most notably in the field of climate finance. The two parties have pledged to align financial flows with the Paris Agreement and collaboratively promote sustainable, low-carbon, climate resilient development. The MoU also promotes co-financing of operations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean. President Emmanuel Macron has previously mentioned the MoU as an element of a renewed bilateral relationship between the countries, and a new Europe-China relationship.

Press release – French Embassy in Beijing

France

French Development Agency and China Development Bank sign MoU

The French Development Agency (AFD) and the China Development Bank (CDB) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen their strategic and operational cooperation in the area of climate finance. They have pledged to align financial flows with the Paris Agreement and to collaborate to promote global development that is sustainable, low-carbon, and climate resilient. The MoU also promotes co-financing operations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Mediterranean.

AFD and CDB are the Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of the International Development Finance Club (IFDC).

Press release – French Embassy in Beijing

France

France and China affirm mutual commitment to Africa’s development

During his first state visit to China, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke of a new Europe-China partnership, with a focus on trade relations, and also in regards to global development in the case of Africa. Calling Africa “the continent of the future”, Macron said China and France have the possibility to cooperate and carry out projects that are useful for the growth of the continent. He announced that the French Development Agency (AFD) and the China Development Bank (CDB) will sign a partnership agreement to renew both countries’ methods of action. Future initiatives stemming from the agreement will focus on developing African businesses, civil society, education (especially girls' education), health, climate change, and the fight against inequality.

Speech – Elysée (in French)

France

French President Macron reaffirms commitment to 0.55% ODA to GNI target

Speaking to the French diplomatic corps, French President Emmanuel Macron has once again reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring France reaches the target of 0.55% of its GNI being directed towards official development assistance (ODA) by 2022. He said a trajectory for the increase will be made public in the coming two months. Alongside terrorism and the Syrian situation, the president also renewed his call to action for gender equality and education, security and development efforts in the Sahel region, and African youth.

Speech – Elysée (in French)

France

Action Against Hunger urges France to focus more development assistance on Africa

In an op-ed in the newspaper La Croix, Vice President of Action Against Hunger Pierre Micheletti has urged France to make the African continent a priority for its international development assistance. Micheletti argues that although France has pledged to reach the official development assistance (ODA) target of 0.55% of gross national income (GNI), the complexity and lack of transparency of French ODA prevents a clear understanding of the country’s development policy. Further, even at the target level, the amounts mobilized still pale in comparison to what Africa needs.

Op-ed – La Croix (in French)

 

France

International NGO consortium launches new tool to track European DAH

Global Health Advocates France and Medical Mission Institute Würzburg, in collaboration with several NGOs, including Action for Global Health UK network, Results UK, and Save the Children UK, have launched a new tracking tool named 'ODA4Health'. Aimed at unpacking the flows of Development Assistance for Health (DAH) of the top four EU donors (the UK, France, Germany and the EU Institutions), the platform seeks to provide user-friendly information on the quantity and quality of foreign assistance for health.

So far, ODA4HEALTH has noted that 1) only one donor (the UK) is reaching the 0.1%/GNI target given by WHO DAH recommendations; 2) there is an increasing tendency to use loans or equity investments to support the health sector; and 3) it is very difficult to assess to what extent each donor is contributing to Universal Health Coverage (UHC), mainly due to a lack of detailed information.

The website will be updated regularly.

Website – ODA4Health

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French President Macron's 'One Planet' summit achieves concrete commitments to fight climate change

The One Planet Summit, hosted in Paris on December 12, 2017 by French President Emmanuel Macron, the UN, and the World Bank, gathered over 54 heads of state, private-sector companies, and international organizations to discuss the use of financing in the fight against climate change. A number of concrete new commitments were made. 

The World Bank announced that it will stop financing oil and gas exploration and exploitation after 2019; a coalition of sovereign wealth funds (from Norway, Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and New Zealand) pledged to work together to 'green' their portfolios; and philanthropists Michael Bloomberg, Bill Gates, and Richard Branson pledged to increase the share of their actions in favor of the climate, with Bill Gates allocating US$300 million to fund programs on climate change and its impact on agriculture.

News article – Le Monde (in French)

France

Oxfam France calls on President Macron to increase French financial contribution to climate change adaptation

Following President Emmanuel Macron’s One Planet Summit in Paris, Oxfam France has issued a call for him to increase the country’s financial contribution to climate change adaptation from the already pledged €1.5 billion to €2.4 billion by 2022. The NGO also encouraged the president to champion an ambitious financial transaction tax (FTT) on the European level as a way to increase revenue available for those efforts.

Press release – Oxfam France (in French)

France