African woman planting onions
5 September 2018

Development aid set to increase by €1bn in 2019

Visiting France's inclusive public development bank (AFD) on 3 September 2018, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian unveiled the guidelines underpinning the reform of France's development policy.
Public development aid is a priority for the President of the Republic: it will reach nearly €15bn (+€6bn) by the end of the five-year term.
Portrait of Jean-Yves Le Drian
"In a world where power narratives are coming increasingly to the fore, our development aid obviously lends credibility to our pledges and our political and diplomatic action."
Jean-Yves Le Drian
03 September 2018

In 2019, the budget will grow by €1bn, which Jean-Yves Le Drian believes "is a clear sign of France's determination to return" in this area.

Part of the aid will be redirected "towards poor and fragile countries", thanks to a fourfold increase in the aid in the form of donations (from €300m to €1.3bn). Africa and the least developed countries will be the first beneficiaries, the Sahel region in particular, for here's the paradox: French aid was mainly delivered in the form of loans to solvent countries.

The key priorities are:
  • education,
  • youth,
  • gender equality,
  • health and nutrition (up to €500m may be allocated in addition),
  • climate and biodiversity,
  • fragility and crisis management.
By shoring up this additional funding with a stringent assessment policy, France is also highlighting the importance of accountability and exemplariness.