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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Humanitarian aid

France’s humanitarian aid budget over this review period was not generous enough to achieve the country’s objectives or sustain its increased level of engagement in crisis zones. Its new humanitarian strategy contains renewed ambitions that are part of its overall approach to crisis management. The plan to increase annual humanitarian aid spending to EUR 500 million between now and 2022 should substantially strengthen France’s humanitarian role through its well-established partnerships and clear, though complex, decision‑making and budgeting mechanisms. The overall approach, involving greater commitment of ODA in crisis zones and more structural dialogue with actors in the military sphere, will require continual vigilance to safeguard the mandates and added value of every actor.

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