France

Our foundation works with the French government and French nongovernmental organizations and private-sector partners to improve health and development outcomes across West Africa and around the world.
A woman waits for prenatal services and family planning counseling at a health center in Ramongo in the rural area of Koudougou, Burkina Faso on January 22, 2018.

At a glance

  • France is highly engaged in global health and development, as a member of key global alliances and funding mechanisms.
  • We work together with France to jointly amplify the positive impact of development assistance and scientific expertise in low and middle-income countries.
  • France is an important partner, along with the foundation, in Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; the Ouagadougou Partnership for family planning; and many other multilateral collaborations.

Overview

France is highly engaged multilateral partner in health, development and gender equality globally, as a donor and as a key member of global alliances and funding mechanisms, including Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and the World Health Organization. Its areas of strategic focus in global health—including strengthening health systems, fighting infectious diseases, and improving maternal, newborn, and child health—closely align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and France wields considerable influence over the global health and development priorities of the Group of 7 and Group of 20 nations and the European Union. France is also a key partner, along with the foundation, in the Ouagadougou Partnership, which works to expand access to family planning services in French-speaking West Africa.

Our foundation works together with France to jointly amplify the positive impact of development assistance and scientific expertise in low and middle-income countries by supporting research and the translation of scientific discoveries into sustainable solutions. We also support nongovernmental organizations based in France that apply French expertise to global health challenges and rally support for global health and development priorities among French policymakers and the general public.

Our grantees and partners in France include MedinCell, a biotech company that is developing a long-acting injectable contraceptive intended primarily for women in developing countries; Agence Française de Développement (the French Development Agency), whose work includes efforts to increase vaccination coverage and strengthen health systems in West Africa; and CEA, a research organization that is involved in assessing the impact of COVID-19 candidate vaccines and antibodies on immune responses.

The Global Fund's Sixth Replenishment Conference in Lyon, France in October 2019.
The Global Fund's Sixth Replenishment Conference in Lyon, France in October 2019. Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP via Getty Images
France’s ambitious development policy makes it a key player in international aid. In particular, the commitment of the French government to increase the country’s official development assistance to 0.55% by 2022 illustrates its mobilization in this area.
Beatrice Nere

Head of France, Southern Europe, G7/G20
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Related programs

COVID19
COVID-19

The damages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have once again highlighted the importance of international cooperation and mobilization to respond to global health challenges.

Gender Equality

Both France, the host of the Generation Equality Forum 2021, and the foundation are committed to accelerating progress toward a more gender-equal world by addressing the barriers that keep women and girls from being fully active in their homes, economies, and societies.

Additional resources

A G7 Partnership for Women's Digital Financial Inclusion in Africa

In 2019, the Group of Seven (G7) outlined an agenda to fight inequality. As part of this agenda, the G7 Partnership for Women’s Digital Financial Inclusion in Africa will support African governments, central banks, and financial institutions in their efforts to build more inclusive, sustainable, and responsible digital financial systems, ensuring that 400 million more African adults are financially included—nearly 60 percent of whom are women.

More about our work in France

Regional team

Beatrice Nere
Head of France, Southern Europe, G7, G20
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

For media inquiries from France, please contact:
Lila Benyelles
lila.benyelles@gatesfoundation.org