Official development assistance (ODA) policy is a highly interministerial matter, involving 24 budget programmes including the two central “ODA” programmes: Programme 110 (Economic and financial development assistance) and Programme 209 (solidarity with developing countries).
The main goals and strategic guidelines are set by the Interministerial Committee for International Co-operation and Development (CICID), chaired by the Prime Minister and bringing together the Ministers concerned with international solidarity. The legislative framework of this policy is provided by the policy and programming act for the French international development and solidarity policy (LOPDSI, Act 2014-773 of 7 July 2014).
France’s ODA instruments also include the Social Development Fund (FSD), situated off the French government budget and partly funded through a share in financial transaction tax (TTF) receipts and the solidarity levy on airline tickets (TSBA).
The budget credits of the ODA mission, for execution or programming, are presented each year in detail in annexes to finance bills, available on the website of the Budget Directorate (in French).
- The initial finance bill, in autumn, comes with an annual performance plan (PAP) for ODA (in French) ;
- An annual performance report (RAP) (in French), is attached to the finance discharge bill in spring, concerning the budget execution of the previous financial year.
- A cross-cutting policy document (DPT) (in French) on France’s development policy also sets out all the funding of other missions under the government budget, extra-budgetary funding and the resources of local government bodies contributing to development policy. It includes ODA forecasts, and its quantified data are available in a spreadsheet online.
The execution and programming of FSD expenditure are published and updated twice annually in the RAP and DPT.