Non Governmental Affairs


Today we find ourselves in an environment where every private and governmental actor acknowledges the importance of "making as much, if not more, with less". French and American International Solidarity Organizations (ISOs: NGOs with a focus on humanitarian action and development) face the challenge of finding new sources of funding.

Similar to InterAction in the United States, Coordination Sud and the Portal for National NGO Platforms in France take part in international debates on such topics as: aid effectiveness, the search for innovative funding, the place of philanthropy, the recognition of the private sector as a new mechanism of development, and recent trends linked to social entrepreneurship, to the up and coming "bottom of the pyramid" (BOP) market, and to private equity.

At the same time, the traditional bilateral and multilateral actors of development aid engage in dialogue with ISOs and recognize their capacity to execute on-the-ground work.

Primary undertakings of the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society Organizations

The Office’s aim is to foster an overseas network of transatlantic civil society organizations (CSOs). The Office facilitates partnerships amongst ISOs and amongst CSOs, fosters collaboration between the philanthropy sectors of the two countries, and works to increase the visibility of French development institutions in the U.S.

The Office co-organizes topical conferences (French and American Partnerships among NGOs, Violence Targeting Women) and co-finances micro-projects selected by a French-American committee.

The Office for Cooperation with Civil Society Organizations takes part in various liaison committees with the civil society sector organized by the U.S. Department of State (as well as other American governmental agencies) or multilateral institutions such as the UN and World Bank.

The Office for Cooperation with Civil Society Organizations shares information by publishing thematic reports (previous topics include American environmental foundations and American foundations financing French ISOs) in addition to a newsletter that keeps readers informed about major events pertaining to global philanthropy, actions of American international NGOs and news from institutions like the World Bank.

In addition, the Office serves the General Department for Globalization (a division of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs) through the disbursement of information on current U.S. issues. In particular, The Office provides information on subjects related to development and the preparation of large international conferences such as the World Water Forum and RIO +20. The Office for Cooperation with Civil Society Organizations also keeps abreast of any changes in upcoming deadlines (Beyond 2015, Post-Busan discussions, etc).



My Life as a Zucchini

Landmark Theatres E Street Cinema
The French Embassy in partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland presents the 2016 film My Life as a Zucchini by Claude Barras. This special screening is part of our Month of Francophonie.

The Promise

March 10, 2017
Embassy of France - La Maison Française
The French Embassy in partnership with the Embassy of Serbia presents the 2016 film The Promise by Zeljko Mirkovic. This special screening is part of our Month of Francophonie.

The Law

Angelika Film Center
The 17th annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival (NVJFF) presents vibrant stories, bold conversations and new perspectives through a contemporary Jewish lens. Powered by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, the NVJFF illuminates the expansive scope and rich texture of Jewish life, culture, and global identity.

French Series 2017 - Climate Change: The Impact of We, the people

Embassy of France - La Maison Française
The French Embassy presents French Series 2017 – Climate Change:The impact of We, the people. As part of this special event dedicated to the environment, the French Embassy will be screening 2015 film Tomorrow by Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion. The film will be introduced by a panel of civil society leaders and environmental specialists who will debate on how we can all contribute to reduce our environmental footprint, protect our shared environment, encourage responsive government, support scientific research and improve civic life.

Angelique Kidjo

Saturday, February 13th, 2016 at 8:00pm
MASSMoCA Hunter center
Singer Angelique Kidjo will be performing at MASSMoCA in North Adams, MA on February 13th at 8:00pm. Angelique Kidjo, is a Beninese-born Grammy Award winning singer. Her music covers a wide variety of genres including Afropop, Reggae, Jazz, and Gospel.