France

France

Highlights

Teacher with student at Umdebekrat Basic School for Boys, Sudan. Credit: GPE/Kelley Lynch
November 19, 2018
In an opinion piece in Teacher Magazine, Julia Gillard shares her appreciation for teachers. As she puts it, teachars are and will always be the backbone of the education system. It is why they...
Emmanuel Macron speaks at the UN General Assembly. Credit: UN Photo
October 03, 2018
President Macron speaks about education at 2018 UN General Assembly, in particular the fact that France hosted with Senegal the GPE Financing Conference in February 2018 in Dakar, and that France has...
Angthlork Reang Sey School, Cambodia. Credit: GPE/Livia Barton
October 02, 2018
Education "came of age" at the 2018 United Nations General Assembly in New York, and education advocates are celebrating after seeing the launch of a number of new commitments, partnerships and funds...
Pledge for 2018-2020 replenishment:
EUR200,000,000
Share of 2018-2020 pledges:
10.4%
Total contributions to GPE:
US$139,197,720
Share of total contributions:
2.53%

Aid to education

Responsibility for defining French ODA policy is shared between the Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Employment and the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs.

The Agence Française de Développement (AFD), a bilateral development finance institution, is technically an executing agency, but it has increasingly provided intellectual leadership on development issues.

According to France’s 2016 Inter-Ministerial Committee for International Cooperation and Development white paper, France’s education efforts will continue to focus on the Francophonie and support for basic education will increase significantly.

In 2015, the top five recipients of French aid to basic education were: Wallis and Futuna, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, and Tunisia.

France developed a new strategy for its external action on education, vocational training and insertion covering the years 2017-2012.

France and GPE

Emmanuel Macron, President, French Republic. Photo credit: GPE/Heather Shuker
All citizens in countries in trouble should see the direct outcomes of the commitments made here. Where we see the risk of obscurantism there is only one response: education.
Emmanuel Macron
President, French Republic

France is part of the Donor 1 constituency on the GPE Board, together with Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and Switzerland.

In 2016, France increased its contribution to the Global Partnership for Education by EUR8 million, which brings its contribution for the 2015-2017 period to a total of EUR17 million.

France and Senegal will co-host GPE’s financing conference in February 2018.

Last updated December 10, 2018