Asia and Pacific
Promoting sustainable urban development
Improving water management
Promoting a low-carbon economy
Asia is a demographic giant and in just a few decades has become one of the engines of global economic growth. The resulting environmental and social challenges are enormous and their consequences, particularly ecological, extend far beyond the regional framework. Consequently, this is where much of the world of tomorrow is being shaped.
It is this fact which has been guiding AFD’s action in Asia since 1993. Under our mandate for “green and inclusive growth”, our priorities are to promote urban development which respects health and the environment, help improve water management, and assist in achieving low-carbon economic pathways.
Our action in Asia is based on a partnership approach. To enhance the impact of projects, we promote experience sharing between our partners and international and French actors who have recognized expertise. We also work with other actors, such as the Asian Development Bank, the European Union and JICA, to make large-scale projects possible.
In the region, the least developed countries exist alongside the major emerging countries and middle-income countries. AFD meets the diversity of needs of its public and private partners by mobilizing a wide range of financial tools. We mainly operate via loans, but also through guarantees, grants and technical assistance.
Today, AFD operates in 18 countries in Asia, with some 130 ongoing projects and over EUR 1bn of commitments every year.