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AFD’s relationships with CSOs have strongly developed and diversified since 2009, the year when AFD was given a mandate for developing strategic and financial partnerships with French civil society. These now multiform relationships cover several aspects simultaneously: institutional, strategic, and sectoral dialogue; knowledge production; and the financing of projects and activities.

STRATEGIC DIALOGUE

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.

Find out more about the strategic dialogue between AFD and the CSOs (in French).

FINANCING CSO INITIATIVES

Direct financial collaboration between AFD and CSOs currently covers a broad spectrum of instruments adapted to the specific characteristics of the CSOs and to their added value. It includes support for innovation (the Sectoral Innovation Facility for NGOs–FISONG, and the French Facility for Global Environment–FFEM); financing of projects occurring in contexts of fragility, crisis, and post crisis (APCC); and support to their initiatives through the CSO-Initiative system.

This system recognizes CSOs’ rights of initiative and independence. Its main objective is to cofinance projects or programs in the field that are initiated by French CSOs. Those targeting the structuring and capacity building of local CSOs are given priority. There are also systems intended for projects that reconcile development and environment, as well as for small-scale projects.

To see all the projects financed since 2014, click here (in French)

RESPONDING TO A CALL FOR PROJECTS

FINANCING CSOS THROUGH CALLS FOR PROJECTS

  • Sectoral Innovation Facility for NGOs (FISONG)

FISONG is managed by AFD’s Directorate of Operations. It is a “call for ideas” based on themes determined in consultation with NGOs. Its purpose is to encourage the emergence of innovative practices initiated by CSOs, regardless of whether or not they are French.

  • Calls for Crisis and Post Crisis Projects (APCC)

Since 2013, AFD has developed a range of instruments to better respond to situations of fragility. One of these instruments is the Calls for Crisis and Post Crisis Projects (APCC). Based on specifications determined by AFD, the APPCs enable an approach whereby projects can be jointly developed with CSOs or other French and international non-profit organizations.

 

USEFUL DOCUMENTS

FINANCING YOUR PROJECT: THE METHODOLOGY GUIDE

Please read the Methodology Guide very attentively: it will help you present your co-funding requests according to model formats.

DOCUMENT PRESENTING THE AFD–CSO PARTNERSHIP

The below document will help you better understand the relationship between AFD and CSOs.

AFD LOGOS

The AFD logos and the application charter can be downloaded below.

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FACTS AND FIGURES

To meet its objectives of transparency, accountability, and social responsibility to its partners, AFD makes its decisions for credit allocations to CSOs available to the public.

The amount of direct financial collaboration in terms of grants between AFD and CSOs for the 2012-2016 period was 444.5 million euros (not including projects financed by AFD for which foreign States were beneficiaries). Of this amount, 65% was funded through the CSO-Initiative system (289 million euros).

The funding of field projects targeted primarily Africa (63%), followed by Asia and Latin America (20%) and the Mediterranean region (17%).  

The CSO-Initiative system has made it possible to support more than 2,500 local CSOs that are partners of the French CSOs receiving funding. In five years, the resources of the system increased 70%, growing from 45 million euros in 2012 to 72 million euros in 2016.

324 projects are currently underway.

 

2350
CSOs and partners from the South benefited from funding between 2014 and 2016
72
million euros were committed in 2016
324
projects are currently underway.
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