A law sets the course for French development aid

The new text confirms the objective of devoting, by 2022, 0.55% of national wealth to poor countries.

It was a campaign promise from Emmanuel Macron, long demanded by NGOs. Delayed several times, then last March because of confinement when the text was ready, the so-called programming law of “solidarity development and the fight against global inequalities” was presented to the Council of Ministers on Wednesday. That is to say the day before the first meeting of the new presidential committee for development and a humanitarian conference organized at the Quai d’Orsay, where the president was to meet civil society, in the presence of Esther Duflo, Prix Nobel in economics, specialist in development. Tested positive for Covid, Emmanuel Macron could not be present.

On the financial level, the legislative text engraves in stone the commitment to devote 0.55% of the national wealth to aid to poor countries. After hitting a low point in 2014, at 0.37% of national income, (ODA) recovered to 0.44% last year, i.e.…

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