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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

France reduced its aid to Sub-Saharan Africa by 17%

In 2012, France reduced its development assistance to sub-Saharan Africa by 17%, as compared to 2011, according to a report released on June 25 by ONE, a campaigning organization that fights poverty. Despite its status as a priority region, sub-Saharan Africa has seen a disproportionate fall of development aid coming from France between 2011 and 2012.
In its report, ONE provides details on the contributions of the states members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to the region. With few exceptions, such as South Korea (50.8%), Australia (34.8%), the U.S. (12%) and Canada (9.6%) the most OECD countries have reduced their aid. In Europe, Spain, Belgium, Portugal or Greece, have decreased their contribution by 20% to 60%.
On 5th of July, the OECD released data according to which, in 2012, France’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) was USD 12.1 billion (or 0.46% of French Gross National Income - GNI).
The report published by ONE complements the figures provided by the OECD in April, which reported a downward trend in donor contributions.

Source: EurActiv