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The Night of Ideas Builds Connections

The Night of Ideas
What can we do at our level to create a world that is more just and sustainable? This reflection was at the heart of the Night of Ideas organized by the Agence Française de Développement on 31 January at the Maison des Métallos in Paris. Here’s a look at this evening that combined artistic performances, discussions and film screenings to explore possible solutions.
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“Système Kinshasa!”: Art Imagined in the Streets

The streets of Kinsasha, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are rich with the works of a number of young artists. Agence Française de Développement is currently spotlighting several of them via an exhibit at its head office. Géraldine Tobé, Michel Eka, Widjo Wiyombo and others all accepted AFD’s invitation. Whether their creations be dark or bright, stark or just weird, they always bear political, social, and cultural messages and give us a glimpse of a capital city where the art of survival is becoming art in and of itself.
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Côte D’ivoire: At the Second Chance School

Côte d'Ivoire, training
March 2018: 250 young people with no jobs or experience, from poor families and sometimes left to fend entirely for themselves entered the Civic Centre of Action for Development (CCAD), near Abidjan. Nine months later, 218 mechanics, metal construction workers, electricians, refrigeration and air conditioning technicians emerged, all of them ready to begin their professional placement, the final stage in a programme that aims to transform Côte d’Ivoire's youth and reduce inequalities.
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The AFD Workshop Accelerating Innovative Projects

A powerful « innovation incubator », the 4-day PLAY workshop was designed as a tailor-made support for actors from emerging and developing countries who want to accelerate innovative projects and foster change in their organization. Dedicated to innovation and collective intelligence to the benefit of these “intrapreneurs”, the workshop first objective is to allow them to acquire and spread a culture of innovation.
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LeAD Campus: Working Today to Train the Leaders of Tomorrow

LeAD Campus 2019
For the 4th consecutive year, LeAD Campus is launching its recruitment drive for high-potential Africans. Entrepreneurs, executives or managers from the private, public and associative sectors, LeAD Campus is perfect for you!
The deadline for applications is January 31, 2019.
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The Development Agora

afd, inauguration, frison
French and international partners of the Agence Française de Développement now have free access to new work areas at AFD headquarters in Paris. These open, shared and convivial workplaces illustrate the role of the development platform backed by AFD, as well as the Agency’s propensity for partnerships.
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Upward Mobility for Urban Transportation On Reunion Island

transport, téléphérique urbain Saint-Denis, La Réunion
After supporting the creation of urban cable cars in Colombia and the Dominican Republic, Agence Française de Développement is backing the deployment of this type of transportation in Saint-Denis on Reunion Island. The first cable car line for an overseas province is scheduled to open in late 2019 to provide an alternative to polluting vehicles and a way to foster social inclusion.
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AFD International Conference: There Is Nothing Inevitable About Inequalities

Conférence inégalités, Goulard
Inequalities have been increasing and threatening the social link since the 1980s. Development actors are aware of the scale they have reached and have now made them one of the pillars of their actions. The community of researchers is on the front line and gathered in Paris on 7 December at the initiative of AFD and the European Union to provide diagnostics, but also to put forward concrete solutions.
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