In an open editorial, more than 50 French associations and NGOs, including members of Coordination SUD (the French NGO umbrella organization), called for French President Emmanuel Macron to adopt a Program and Orientation Bill on development assistance in 2021.
The signatories expressed concerns that the law, which was supposed to be adopted at the beginning of Macron's term, has been postponed on a regular basis. The NGOs demanded that this law be discussed in the next Council of the Ministers meeting in order to be debated in Parliament next year.
This law aims to modernize French development policy, providing a roadmap for France's thematic and geographic priorities for the forthcoming years.
The signatories recommended that the French government should adopt a financial trajectory for French assistance to mobilize 0.7% of its gross national income (GNI) as soon as 2025, a commitment that could be made public during the forthcoming National Humanitarian Conference that will take place on December 17, 2020, according to the authors.