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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 5 constituency on the GPE Board, together with the European CommissionGermanyItaly, and Spain.

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 February 27, 2018