OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: France 2018

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Published on September 20, 2018

Also available in: French

The OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts periodic reviews of the individual development co-operation efforts of DAC members. The policies and programmes of each DAC member are critically examined approximately once every five years. DAC peer reviews assess the performance of a given member, not just that of its development co-operation agency, and examine both policy and implementation. They take an integrated, system-wide perspective on the development co-operation and humanitarian assistance activities of the member under review.This review analyses the performance of France, including its efforts towards international stability and climate financing, as well as the impact of the grant-loan composition and the cross-government management of its aid programme.


Abbreviations and acronyms
France's aid at a glance
Context of the peer review of France
The DAC's main findings and recommendations
Secretariat’s report11 chapters available
France's global efforts for sustainable development
Policy vision and framework
Financing for development
Structure and systems
Delivery modalities and partnerships, globally, regionally and at country level
Results, evaluation and learning
Humanitarian aid
Progress made in implementing the recommendations of the 2013 peer review
OECD/DAC standard suite of tables
Field visits to Morocco and Niger
Organisational charts
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Read the DAC's main findings and recommendations, available in English and in French.

OECD welcomes French plans to increase and better target foreign aid

The Review says that having started increasing aid in 2017 following a five-year decline, France now needs to increase the share of grants compared to loans in line with its ambitions to support fragile and least-developed countries.

The Review welcomes France’s setting out of a clear strategic framework and priorities for development co-operation, its improvement of staff management at the French development agency and its adoption of innovative financing instruments. It underlines, however, that care should be taken to ensure aid stays focused on fighting poverty and inequality and is not diverted to cover needs related to domestic policy and security or regulating migration flows.

Read the press release, available in English and in French.

A good practice excerpt from the peer review: France at the forefront of innovative financing

France has successfully established innovative development financing mechanisms, including the financial transaction tax, the solidarity levy on air tickets; the “1% water”, “1% waste” and “1% energy” facilities, and debt reduction and development contracts.

Continued development of these mechanisms could help to promote their use by other donors and enable France to be a leading protagonist in this field. In addition, France has a broad range of catalysing instruments for supporting private sector development in developing countries.

Read chapter 3 of the peer review for more on France's innovative financing

France's implementation of peer review recommendations from 2013

 France 2018: Peer review

Read about the implementation of the 2013 recommendations (Annex A)

 About this review

France's peer review history

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