France's Court of Audit points out imbalance between development assistance and military operations in Sahel region

The French Court of Audit studied France's strategy in the countries of the G5 Sahel (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger), analyzing France's civil and military actions in the region compared to France's development assistance to support the security and social and economic development of the five countries.

The Court of Audit's report concluded that if France's financial support increased from €580 million (US$690 million) in 2012 to €1.4 billion (US$1.6 billion) in 2018, the majority of the additional amounts (60%) were allocated to military spending. France's development assistance for the region did not follow the same progression and priority that the country had committed, said the report.

The five Sahel countries represented 10% of France's foreign assistance amounts in 2013, a proportion that remained unchanged in 2018, the report pointed out.

The report, therefore, suggested that French government entities consolidate amounts allocated by regions/countries with indicators. This would allow changes to be observed over time within the Interministerial Committee for International Cooperation and Development (CICID), a committee headed by the French Prime Minister that pursues priorities for France's development policy.  

Press release  - French Court of Audit (in French)

Report - French Court of Audit (in French)

New article - Le Monde Afrique (in French)