A cinematic cliché it may be, but it rings true: Development professionals will always have Paris. The French capital is home to the headquarters of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, along with a key outpost of the U.N. Environment Program; since France is a major player for bilateral and multilateral official development assistance, the French Development Agency is a required stop for many; and the Paris embassies of Africa’s two dozen Francophone countries often offer chances for serious face-to-face meetings without the agony of a red-eye flight to a far-flung capital. Plus all those French NGOs. Not to mention the fact that international African-bound travelers often need to make a European stop en route.
With the OECD Global Forum on Development happening this week, why not schedule 48 hours in Paris?