JCI has the capacity to participate not only in “justice only” projects but also in bi- or multi-disciplinary projects with a justice component. We thus maintain relations with French public agencies whose expertise covers domains that are complementary to ours.
Initially informally federated in an “Alliance,” in 2015 these public agencies adopted a charter of good practice and fair competition. The signatories have pledged to work together to develop French expertise and increase its visibility.
Parallel to this, the law of 7 July 2014 on orientation and programming for international aid and development policy changed France’s international cooperation landscape, ordering the creation of a French bureau to bring together all French public agencies. The result of the merger of six agencies (including France Expertise Internationale, an agency of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and ADETEF, an agency of the Ministries for Finance, the Budget and Sustainable Development), this bureau, named “Expertise France,” was established on 1st January 2015.
Alongside this, several agencies specialising in specific fields of competence, also known as “professional agencies,” have retained their independence: JCI, CIVIPOL, ADECIA, CFI, FVI, CIEP, SFERE, as well as the ENA and ENM (the latter serve as their own operators for specific projects).
Expertise France Partnership
Our partnership with Expertise France works in two ways:
- through the pooling of certain expenses (group insurance contracts to which Alliance members could subscribe, possible sharing of offices in mission locations, etc.)
- through our participation in large multidisciplinary projects that Expertise France is able to attract via the delegated loan management procedure, for which only Expertise France and AFD are accredited in France. One or the other will then resort by subdelegation to a specialised operator, competent to carry out the part assigned to it. The operator can thus take part in a project that would otherwise be inaccessible to it, and Expertise France can gain expert professional support through the partnership.
As a key French partner of JCI, the French Development Agency (AFD) increasingly brings us in on the projects it finances, either by directly attributing projects involving modest amounts but very precisely targeted to our field of expertise, or by entrusting us with the “technical assistance” component of substantial real estate projects such as the construction of courthouses or prison facilities. We also bid on invitations to tender from AFD.
In terms of our partnerships with “professional” agencies, we have for example partnered with CIVIPOL for projects combining the themes of “justice” and “security,” and with SFERE for a project with “justice” and “educational engineering” components.