French official development assistance (ODA) in 2015 [fr]

Joint statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Minister of Finance and Public Accounts and the Minister of State for Development and Francophonie

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The OECD Development Assistance Committee has just published the preliminary figures for official development assistance (ODA) for 2015.

French ODA stands at €8.3 billion, representing 0.37% of Gross National Income (GNI), compared with €8 billion in 2014.

France is one of the world’s largest contributors. According to the preliminary estimates reported to the OECD, France is the world’s 5th largest contributor of ODA by volume, behind the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan.

France is increasing its effort with respect to the poorest countries. The proportion of its bilateral aid to the least developed countries (LDCs) accounts for nearly 22%, up 3 points compared with 2014.

After doing its part at the most important international meetings on sustainable development in 2015 (the Addis Ababa Conference, Agenda 2030 and the Paris Climate Agreement), France is resolutely implementing its commitments and stepping up its effort in the fight against poverty. Between 2013 and 2015, ODA helped educate 2.6 million children at the elementary and middle-school levels, provide 3.8 million people with access to reliable sources of drinkable water, and support the development of 150,000 small businesses.

With the implementation of the commitments agreed to in 2015 by President Hollande during the UN General Assembly, France will increase its official financing by 4 billion euros in the form of ODA loans for sustainable development by 2020; half of this will support the fight against climate change. At the same time, France will increase its donations by some 400 million euros by 2020.

This financial trajectory must help return France to its objective of contributing 0.7% of GDP by 2030.

Published on 21/04/2016

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