DAC member profile: France


Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 1961.

Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2014

See full profile in the Development Co-operation Report 2014.

In 2013, France provided USD 11.4 billion ODA (preliminary data), which represented 0.41% of gross national income (GNI) and a 9.8% decrease in real terms from 2012. It is the 5th largest donor of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in terms of volume. France plans to reach a 0.48% ODA/GNI ratio by 2015. In 2012, 96% of French ODA (excluding administrative costs and in-donor refugee costs) was untied, well above the DAC average of 81%. The grant element of total ODA was 79.5% in 2012, which is lower than the DAC compliance grant element norm of 86%.

Peer review findings

Latest evaluation report

France: a good donor but must ensure that poor countries get the aid they need. France’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) was USD 12.1 billion in 2012, making it the 4th largest DAC member in terms of the volume of aid. This represents, however, 0.46% of French Gross National Income (GNI) – below France’s international commitment. The review recommends that France plan to reach the 0.7% ODA/GNI ratio as soon as possible.

France recently evaluated its health insurance programme in rural Cambodia. The evaluation presents evidence collected during the expansion of the Health Microinsurance program in the country. Health insurance is a newer product in developing countries, and this type of evidence had rarely been explored.

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