OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: France 2018

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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.

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Delivery modalities and partnerships, globally, regionally and at country level

France is developing a variety of partnerships with a large number of actors, including emerging countries, and it delivers its aid jointly with other donors, in particular those from Europe. French aid is almost completely untied; it has become more transparent in recent years; and France performs well on development effectiveness, except for medium‑term predictability. French co‑operation is also appreciated by partner countries for the added value brought by its historical and cultural ties, its technical expertise and the range of instruments it has at its disposal. However, France does not draw up detailed partnership agreements with these countries that show all the activities funded and all anticipated outcomes. This makes overseeing co‑operation, and monitoring and evaluation, difficult. France could also deploy its skills better in fragile contexts, do more to simplify its budgetary architecture and make its programming more flexible.

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