Working through partnerships

The bilateral partnership with developing countries receiving French aid for education and training increasingly operates within the framework of an international partnership that is highly organized and
structured around values and principles designed to
increase aid effectiveness (Paris Declaration, Accra
Agenda). France has been instrumental in promoting
these values and principles.
The proactive role of French cooperation comes into
play in three areas:

International partnerships in the education sector

  • France wishes to actively participate in all competent bodies in this area, by contributing either funds or
    expertise. Concerning the Fast Track initiative, France
    will continue to advocate and take action to ensure that
    the majority of international funding for education goes
    toward reinforcing State sectoral policies based on the
    specific context of each country.
  • Locally, France will continue to be a driving force
    in the harmonization of donor practices through the
    creation of consultation frameworks. France will promote the division of work between European Union
    partners, delegations of the European Commission
    and beyond, and will contribute to the improved delegated management of funds.
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Students from the Algerian Higher School of Business (Algiers) - © MAEE/F. de La Mure

Support to multilateral organizations

France will increase its human and financial contributions in several multilateral programs and projects that it has initiated or plans to develop to benefit vocational training and tertiary education (need in Africa to implement platforms for collaboration between the players of these sectors and their partners).

Bilateral cooperation

French cooperation, in strict compliance with the
principle of the untying of French aid, shall strive to
more broadly mobilize French players’ expertise and
to develop a true partnership with recipient countries whenever possible. This concerns five categories of

  • Public administrations and educational establishments directly involved in education and training at the central, regional and local levels (the line ministries have recognized the role of the CIEP [French International Center for Pedagogical Studies] as overall coordinator).
  • Higher education and research establishments, which often have longstanding relations with their counterparts in developing countries.
  • NGOs, whose involvement in this field and resulting closeness to local players ensures complementarity with the other sources of expertise.
  • French social partners - unions and employers’ organizations - whose relations with their counterparts and whose experience in vocational training related social dialogue can be used to the benefit of projects.
  • territorial collectivities, which have acquired expertise through their actions as part of decentralized cooperation.
  • consultancies and independent experts, to assist in the development, structuring and standardized referencing of private and competitive French proposals in this sector.

Updated on : April 2010