Agency merger aims to boost efficiency of French technical assistance

The French flag. What does the formation of the French Agency for International Technical Expertise mean for the country’s foreign aid? Photo by: francois schnell / CC BY

The French government kicked off 2015 by merging six formerly independent international technical assistance agencies under a single roof. The move is designed to improve effectiveness while giving external partners a single point of contact to replace the country’s old alphabet-soup mishmash of individual agencies, each connected to a different ministry.

“This will create a more efficient technical expertise agency,” said Gautier Mignot, deputy director for global affairs, development and partnerships at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, in an interview with Devex. “We want to increase the weight of our technical assistance.” Mignot is the point man for the foreign ministry on the merger.

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