A strategy tailored to partner countries
There are four distinct types of orientation, depending on the countries, in France’s decentralised cooperation strategy:
With developing countries at the heart of local bodies’ action in terms of development aid, France is revitalising its approach to decentralised cooperation. France favours support for local governance, local economic development, self-suf?cient agriculture, and capacity building, generally, of relevant local authorities for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
With countries in which France does not have major commitments, but where there is demand from local partners France maintains a more selective, legible presence, in more clearly defined areas of action, favouring areas of excellence of local government (water, sanitation, heritage, cultural engineering, bridging the digital divide, vocational training).
With emerging countries, priority is given to innovation, to sustainable development, to climate-related endeavours, and to university and economic cooperation in the framework of partnerships.
M. Michaud-Landry visite la déchetterie de Jacmel, financée par la ville de Strasbourg, avec le responsable du site (Haïti). (Photo : MAEE/ F. de La Mure)
With European bodies and local government bodies from developed countries more generally, France aims to breathe new life into existing cooperation and twinning initiatives through the exchange of best practices, partnerships with civil society and economic cooperation. France is also developing context-speci?c strategies for newly-neighbouring countries and the Mediterranean area, bolstering the dynamics that are characteristic of cross-border cooperation.
The French Atlas of decentralised cooperation
This Atlas itemises all the international activities undertaken by French local authorities (decentralised cooperation - including twinning - as well as one-off initiatives and non-contractually agreed initiatives). To date, the list includes nearly 12,000 decentralised cooperation projects, run by 4,755 French local authorities with 9,700 partner counterparts in 139 countries. This Atlas is an outstanding awareness-raising and working tool, conducive to enhancing synergies.
Thanks to an easy-to-use browsing function, the Atlas enables the user to search by continent, by country, by region, by département and by local body. The user may also obtain details about the projects undertaken and access numerous practical e-services if using the section reserved for professionals (search engine, pdf data extraction, map registration, etc.). The Atlas can be found at: www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/cncd
Updated on September 2010