Development – Presentation of France’s strategy to respond to situations of fragility (Paris, 13 June 2018)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, opened a high-level event at the Quai d’Orsay on June 13 entitled “Building sustainable peace – Prevention, Resilience, Comprehensive approach” aimed at presenting France’s new strategy to respond to situations of fragility announced during the most recent Interministerial Council for Cooperation and Development on February 8, 2018.

The event brought together Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank, Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Program, Donald Kaberuka, former President of the African Development Bank, Co-Chair of the Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development, High Representative of the African Union for its Peace Fund, Rémy Rioux, Chief Executive of the French Development Agency, and Inna Modja, an artist committed to women’s rights.

In addition to the French strategy, the French Development Agency’s Peace and Resilience Fund (“Minka” fund) and the French version of the United Nations-World Bank report on conflict prevention (Pathways for Peace) were also presented.

The minister of state highlighted the priority given by France to the response to crises and situations of fragility based on a preventive and comprehensive approach linking diplomacy, security, humanitarian efforts, stabilization and development. He also reaffirmed the government’s commitment to allocating, as part of its overall goal to increase its official development assistance to 0.55% of gross national income by 2022, €500 million to humanitarian and food assistance as well as to stabilization by 2022 and to doubling the amount allocated to AFD’s Peace and Resilience Fund to €200 million per year.

In addition to resources, new forms of intervention will be developed, like, for example, the Sahel Alliance launched in July 2017. This French-German initiative aims to link the issues of security and development, by encouraging innovative methods, a donor accountability system, and well-defined objectives in order to improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable populations. The implementation of projects will focus on short, transparent distribution channels that will make it possible to directly reach the populations concerned.

Almost a fifth of the world’s population now lives in situations of fragility, conflict and violence – these are expected to affect more than 60% of the world’s poor by 2030. Without major efforts to address the factors associated with this fragility, these especially vulnerable populations will face development challenges that will ultimately call into question the “Leave No One Behind” commitment made at the 2015 World Summit on Sustainable Development when the 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted.

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