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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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Policy vision and framework

The 2014 Orientation and Programming Law on Development and International Solidarity Policy (LOP‑DSI) lays down the thematic and geographical priorities of French development policy. The law was developed through broad consultation with stakeholders in the context of development and international solidarity, and was also subject to unprecedented debate, allowing for greater accountability to parliament. Nonetheless, the volume and distribution of official development assistance (ODA) do not give enough precedence to priority countries, and the priority themes do not all have individual strategies. France has greatly consolidated its approach to fragile contexts since the last peer review and now has a comprehensive strategic framework. However, inappropriate procedures and instruments are hindering activities with the most vulnerable populations in these contexts. France relies on a variety of partners with recognised strengths when implementing its development policy. However, the scattered nature of budget allocations makes it impossible to use clear criteria to assess and select partners.

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