In recent years, dialogue between AFD and CSOs has expanded and become more structured, involving the entire AFD Group in all its fields of intervention. At the same time, the CSOs can express their specificities, in a spirit of mutual respect and dialogue. This dialogue, which is both formal and informal, takes place not only at the institutional and strategic level, but also at the operational and research level. The result is great variety in the forms of partnerships that have been developed.
Production of knowledge is one of the cornerstones of the partnership and has helped hone AFD’s knowledge of the CSOs’ actions, their added value, and the innovations they develop. It has fostered cross-analyses among actors regarding their respective development practices, thereby contributing to their mutual enrichment.
The term “CSO” includes non-governmental organizations (NGOs), foundations (both public and private), professional associations, labor unions, as well as those cooperatives and economic actors whose main missions establish them as social enterprises. This category does not include organizations and enterprises from the private profit-making sector, with which AFD is developing dialogue in other frameworks.