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.
The national minimum wage was introduced at the beginning of the year in South Africa, a country still faced with major inequalities. While the arrangements for it have sparked debates, the researchers behind its application are convinced that it will be effective in reducing poverty, without destroying the most precarious jobs.
On Wednesday 30 January, the online training course produced by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) received an award at the MOOC of the Year Awards evening.
The fight against inequality is still facing a major obstacle: a lack of data preventing these inequalities from being measured accurately.
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.
This year, the start-up challenge organized by Agence Française de Développement will reward innovation for women in Africa. The contest has now entered the final selection phase.
Health, food safety and environmental risks are just some of the social concerns that nature provides efficient, cost-effective and long-lasting solutions for. Innovating with the potential of the world around us is the goal of the “Nature-Based Solutions” concept. Let’s have a look at what this means.
Currently in the throes of democratic transition, the country has been able to count on the resumption of international aid since January 2017, notably from France, the biggest bilateral contributor since the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding in November 2018.
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.
AFD and the Hospital Center of Western Guiana have just signed a partnership agreement that signals a new step forward in the reinforcement of healthcare cooperation between French Guiana and Suriname. This agreement comes right after the inauguration of two new hospitals on each side of the border.
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.
The partnership was sealed in December 2018: AFD has joined the European Commission’s Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF). Through this new partnership, France will be providing its expertise to the six countries in the region in the fields of connectivity, the environment and social sectors.
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.
The deadline for applications is January 31, 2019.
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.
For many years, building and public works companies in Madagascar have struggled to recruit well-trained professionals. In response, the Formapro-BTP project has been giving new hope to that sector and to students, by providing a training offer to match companies’ real needs.
Inequalities continue to widen around the world, dividing societies in North and South alike. After our “Seven good reasons to fight against…”, we continue our series of articles on inequalities. Today, five solutions to reduce them around the world.
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.
In developing countries, the notion of the middle classes encompasses disparities that are even greater than those in industrialised countries and generates some preconceived ideas that need to be addressed.
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.