Expertise France, represented by its CEO, Sébastien Mosneron Dupin, and its Chairman of the Board of Directors, Jean-Christophe Donnellier, as well as, represented by its CEO, Anne Paugam, signed a cooperation framework agreement, in the presence of Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development.
This agreement, concluded for a 3-year period, aims at specifying the roles, defining possible cooperation initiatives, and reinforcing synergies between the two development cooperation actors.
Anne Paugam, CEO of, said "beyond the coordination of both agencies, the cooperation agreement we signed today should contribute to build the capacities of our partners in our countries of intervention. This aspect is currently a necessary condition for sustainable development, an integral part of all development agencies’ mandate".
Sébastien Mosneron Dupin welcomed "this joint commitment in favour of a quality development cooperation, in support of sustainable development and French influence".
The Minister, from his part, welcomed this cooperation.
This agreement will allow for the expansion of operational collaborations currently underway or planned, especially in terms of intervention in crisis or post-crisis countries, and in other areas of common interest.
and Expertise France already lead common actions, especially in terms of fight against climate change:
- To assist African and Small Islands developing States to prepare their contributions for , a facility supporting the drafting of 26 countries in Africa and of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme national contributions (INDCs), was funded by and implemented by Expertise France from the beginning of 2015;
- Expertise France implements a regional support programme which aims at integrating climate change in development strategies, funded by and called Africa4Climate. This project is rolled out in 4 pilot countries: Gabon, Kenya, Uganda and Benin.
The framework-agreement, which is also part of the reform on the governance sector funding, will allow the pursuit and strengthening of this cooperation, in favour of sustainable development.