The National Council for Development and International Solidarity (CNDSI)

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The National Council for Development and International Solidarity (CNDSI) is France’s forum for dialogue and regular consultation between all development and international solidarity stakeholders on the guidelines, objectives and resources of France’s development policy.

The National Council for Development and International Solidarity (CNDSI) is a multi-stakeholder forum where open high-level dialogue can be conducted on the challenges of development and international solidarity policy.

Established by the 2014 Act on development and international solidarity policy and programming (LOPDSI) to respond to high civil society expectations expressed during the 2013 National Conference on Development and International Solidarity, it is a forum for high-level dialogue between government and non-state actors on the aims and resources of France’s development policy.

What is the CNDSI?

The CNDSI aims to provide a forum for regular and open concertation between the various development and international solidarity stakeholders regarding the objectives, guidelines, coherence and means of French development policy.

Since 2015, the CNDSI has met three times a year. Summaries of its discussions are available here (in French).

The Council has already met 17 times, chaired by the Minister for development. A meeting was organized in a wider format on 9 February 2015 on the occasion of the launch of the European Year for Development, and again on 22 February 2018 following the session of the Interministerial Committee for International Co-operation and Development (CICID), with more than 400 attendees. In addition to these formal meetings, ad hoc working groups study cross-cutting themes identified by the Council, in relation to the international agenda.

Five working groups have been formed to date, on migration and development, development finance, private-sector involvement, the French G7 Presidency, and the French strategy with regard to multilateral funds and banks. These working groups produce recommendations with non-state actors on priorities linked to the international agenda. Their conclusions are included in a position note for the attention of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, with an eye on international negotiations or the drafting of strategy.

Who is on the CNDSI?

The 53 prominent figures who make up the CNDSI are divided into groups to represent the various components of civil society: NGOs, unions, employers, businesses, parliament members, local governments, universities and research centres. An eighth group of high-level foreign figures rounds out the Council (and is what makes it such a unique forum).

The CNDSI is chaired by the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs or Minister of State. A board composed of one representative from every group meets regularly to jointly choose and work on the main items on the Council’s agenda.

Updated: January 2020