French aid’s ‘differentiated partnerships’: Where to now?

The National Assembly of France. France’s new law outlining its development aid policy priorities is expected to improve the coherence and efficiency of French aid. Photo by: Richard Ying and Tangui Morlier / CC BY-SA

On June 23, 2014, France adopted a new law outlining its development aid policy priorities — surprisingly the first of its kind for the world’s fifth-largest bilateral donor.

Hailed by many as a significant step toward more transparency and accountability, the programming law is expected to improve the coherence and efficiency of French aid, mainly through a readjustment of its areas and instruments of intervention.

One notable feature of the recent legislation bill is the formulation of so-called “differentiated partnerships,” trumpeted by the French government as the new cornerstone of its foreign aid assistance. Given the heterogeneity of today’s development landscape, the idea is to better target aid through a specific classification system.

At a time when French public funding has been under growing financial pressure, many wonder how the recent reprioritization will impact France’s main aid recipients and partners. Here are the three key funding trends we came up with.

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    Manola De Vos

    Manola De Vos is a development analyst for Devex. Based in Manila, she contributes to the Development Insider and Money Matters newsletters. Prior to joining Devex, Manola worked in conflict analysis and political affairs for the United Nations, International Crisis Group and the European Union.