French Inter-Ministerial Committee defines upcoming guidelines for France's ODA policy
The 2018 Inter-Ministerial Committee for International Cooperation (CICID) has concluded with a roadmap for French development policy for the forthcoming years. Supervised by the French Prime Minister, alongside eight other ministers, the CICID determined a timeline for specific ODA increases from 0.40% of GNI in 2017 to 0.55% in 2022 - a commitment voiced by President Emmanuel Macron several times since his election.
According to the CICID, two thirds of the ODA increase will happen via the bilateral channel, with the French Development Agency (AFD) increasing its grants budget from the current €200m to €1 billion in 2022. Multilateral investments, such as with the Global Fund, Gavi, and Unitaid, are to be kept. The priority sectors outlined are the security-development nexus in the Sahel region, climate change, education, women’s empowerment, and health.
Finally, President Macron will supervise a new entity entitled the Development Council, which will meet on an ad-hoc basis, elevating international development under the direct supervision of the President.