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Official development assistance (ODA) refers to public spending to benefit developing countries, aimed essentially at promoting economic development and improving the living conditions in the countries concerned.

Sustainability at the heart of France’s development policy

France’s development policy is part of the new international Agenda 2030 framework which combines the fight against poverty and the three aspects of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.

France made special efforts to redefine a global framework for sustainable development during three key events in 2015: the renewal of the sustainable development funding framework with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda in July, the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030 by the United Nations in September, and the UN Climate Conference (COP 21) in Paris in December.

The geographical and sectorial priorities of France’s official development assistance

France’s development and international solidarity policy is adapted to suit diverse situations and the needs of its partner countries so as to ensure it remains effective. France therefore works in different ways with its various partners so as to take into account the geographical realities of its partner countries, the instruments (grants and/or loans, project aid, budgetary aid, technical expertise) and the areas for action most adapted to a specific country’s needs. In each of its interventions, France also promotes the new international sustainable development framework and its principles through economic and cultural influence.

France’s work is concentrated on four key areas:

  • fighting climate change and protecting the environment;
  • human development and gender equality;
  • economic development for social progress;
  • boosting Human Rights, stability and peace.

Updated: November 2016

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