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Friday, 08 September 2017

French foreign policy: official development assistance in the Macron era

In his first annual address to France’s ambassadors on Tuesday 29 August, Emmanuel Macron announced that France would commit official development assistance of 0.55% of gross national income by 2022. The AFD welcomed the announcement, however it is still below the UN’s targets. Oxfam also points out that this announcement contradicts the budget cuts announced in this sector in the short-term. ‘Africa is not only a continent of crises. It is a continent of the future. We cannot leave it alone,’ President Macron told ambassadors on Tuesday at the Elysée Palace. The French President does not intend to go back on French commitments in this area. France currently spends between 0.37% and 0.38% of its gross national income (GNI) on official development assistance.

Source: RFI