Development – The OECD’s Development Assistance Committee issued its recommendations on France’s development policy (Paris, 6 June 2018)

Today the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee gave the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs the conclusions of its peer review on France’s development policy for the period of 2013-2018.

The OECD’s Development Assistance Committee conducts a peer review every four years. This examination of its members’ development policies is a fundamental exercise in transparency toward the international community and civil society. [This latest review] was conducted over a six-month period and enabled examiners from the OECD, the Netherlands and Luxembourg to meet with a wide range of stakeholders in the development field at the national level, from ministerial departments, representing operators and civil society, in Paris and on the ground.

The Development Assistance Committee examined changes in France’s development system since its last peer review in 2013, along with recommendations. It applauds France’s renewed ambition with respect to development and the increase in resources allocated to official development assistance announced by President Macron and recorded by the Interministerial Committee for International Cooperation and Development on February 8 of this year.

The committee emphasizes the leading role played by France in combating climate change and in helping the most vulnerable nations respond to crises and situations of fragility by promoting an agenda that combines security and development. It also reaffirms France’s support for modernizing development financing as part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda, and focusing its multilateral assistance on official development assistance priorities, climate and health.

In cooperation with all its partners, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs will rely on the committee’s recommendations in pursuing the policy it adopted a year ago to overhaul its approach to development and international solidarity.

Consult France’s memorandum on its cooperation policies (in French) provided to the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee in October 2017 for the peer review and the conclusions of the Interministerial Committee for International Cooperation and Development, dated February 8, 2018