Working closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Direction Générale de la Coopération Internationale et du Développement has set out three main objectives:
The first objective, aid development, requires action in support of developing countries in the South. Contributing in this way to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals sends an important message to multilateral donors.
Involvement in Research
Universities and the scientific community play an essential role in the French plan for aid development. The importance of research is derived from the following:
The actions of the Ministry of Foreign affairs in support of research demonstrate its faith in a multilateral approach. It favours the training of young researchers from the South and looks to integrate them with teams from the North. This is done through international research networks engaging in multilateral programmes.
This strategy depends on co-operation with The Institute of Research for Development (IRD) and the Centre for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD). With the ministry they assume overall responsibility for research.