The benefits of French international action in education


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  • recognized expertise in the educational field: closely associated with a longstanding, sound and diversified educational system, French research is highly productive in this area, particularly in economics and educational sciences.
  • Francophony, an asset in this sector: thanks to their history and language of instruction, French-speaking countries have common ground and interests with the French educational system.
  • strong operational capacities: given the extent of its network, France has levers of action in every education-related domain, at both the bilateral and multilateral levels.
  • France’s political role as a facilitator of access to international funding, especially in Africa: France is often the leading donor at the local level and knows how to efficiently mobilize expertise.

Key Figures For education


  • Between 1999 and 2006, the average net enrolment ratio rose from 54 per cent to 70 per cent in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Two thirds of developing countries have achieved girl/boy parity in basic education.


  • 75 million children still do not attend school.
  • 55 per cent of them are girls.
    UNESCO estimates that $11 billion per year are needed in external aid to achieve universal education (high of $5.5 billion reached in 2006).

France’s Position Over the last years:

  • France contributed an average of R130 million per year to basic education in bilateral aid.
  • France contributed R20 million to the Fast Track multinational initiative (FTI) between 2005 and 2008, and has promised R50 million for 2010-2012.

Updated on : April 2010