Latin America and the Caribbean
Supporting urban development and strengthening social cohesion
Fighting against climate change and protecting the environment
Latin America is the most urbanized continent in the world. Consequently, issues related to sustainable cities, which combine urban development, social cohesion and environmental protection, are central to the action of national governments and local authorities. The climate challenge has been added to the programs which are already being implemented.
AFD operates in Latin America and the Caribbean under a mandate for “green and inclusive growth”. This means that we assist our partners along a path of economic development which benefits vulnerable populations and is compatible with the protection of the environment and natural resources. In the Caribbean, we also support regional integration.
Our activity in the region is based on strong historical, linguistic and cultural ties, and leads to a regular political dialogue, as well as a number of technical and academic exchanges. We have close relations with local authorities and local development banks (national and regional).
Our operations on the continent started in Haiti (1976) and we very recently started operating in Argentina (2017). We are today active in the entire region, with FFEM (French Facility for Global Environment), PROPARCO (our private sector financing arm) and the NGOs we finance.