AFD marks its 75th anniversary by gathering the development community in Paris for a renewed ambition
Under the high patronage and in the presence of the French President, François Hollande, on 6 December 2016, AFD will be celebrating its 75th anniversary at the
Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac
. It will be the high point of a week of reflection and discussions attended by a number of distinguished speakers.
In a world in common, which is interdependent and increasingly asserting itself, countries are innovating and sharing solutions to support sustainable growth paths with mutual benefits. AFD, building on its mandate, its history and its new partnership with the
Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations
(CDC), is implementing France’s development ambitions, in a context of international action which has been radically remodeled with the
Sustainable Development Goals
and Paris Climate Agreement.
To mark this event, which is gathering AFD’s main partners and personalities from all over the world, its Chief Executive Officer, Rémy Rioux, will be presenting the lines of action of AFD’s new project.
“At a time when AFD is celebrating its anniversary, the development landscape is experiencing a major upheaval. AFD wants to be the first donor to integrate this transformation, into its means, its practices, and its partnerships with all actors. From the Caisse which came about through Free France in 1941, to support for start-uppers and vulnerable countries, AFD’s mandates have undergone considerable change in three generations. And we are going to scale up once again to meet the demographic, territorial, ecological, digital and citizen-based challenges, with doubled equity, an increase in grants and closer ties with CDC. AFD wants to showcase the commitment and outstanding expertise of all its partners on 6 December at Quai Branly”, says Rémy Rioux.
Program for AFD’s 75th anniversary
- Tuesday 6 December at 16:00
Anniversary ceremony and closing by
French President François Hollande.
Signing of the strategic alliance with the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations.
75 years of commitment to ODA, with a number of personalities.
by invitation only.
The Malian singer
, patron of AFD’s 75th anniversary and actively engaged in the dialogue on cultures and women’s rights, will open the ceremony. Following the speech by the French President, Rémy Rioux will present AFD’s new strategic prospects. The strategic alliance between AFD and the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations will be signed on this occasion.
Distinguished speakers and personalities from all over the world will, beforehand, interpret the challenges of an interdependent world and share their experiences of possible solutions.
There will be successive presentations by Michaëlle Jean, Secretary General of La Francophonie, Nicolas Hulot, but also Bill Gates, Luvuyo Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s great grandson, who is actively engaged in social entrepreneurship, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, from Chad, who is a peaceful advocate against climate change and for women’s rights, Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice President, Tony Elumelu, the banker to 1,000 African entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs such as Rania Belkahia, CEO of Afrimarket, or Wala Kasmi, Tunisian winner of the “France s’engage au Sud” award, Dr. Kamel Mohanna from the Lebanese NGO Amel, Philippe Jahshan, President of Coordination SUD, Carlos Moreno, Franco-Colombian specialist in Human Smart Cities, Eric Scotto, CEO of Akuo Energy, Didier Robert, Senator and President of the Réunion region, and many others.
For the press, on 6 December 2016, compulsory accreditation at:
A Press Point with Rémy Rioux, Chief Executive Officer of AFD, is scheduled at 19:15
Reminder of full program
30 November: Launch of the week of celebrations in the presence of Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, at Agence Française de Développement.
- Wednesday 30 November 2016 from 9:00 to 18:30 at the Mistral Auditorium (AFD)
Historical symposium on “The Agency, its origins, its partners and its fields of operation, 75 years of commitment”
At a time when new prospects are opening up for AFD, it is inviting a number of personalities from the academic world (researchers, historians, academics) to present the results of their research, share their experience and hold discussions. This look back at AFD’s history, illustrated by archive films and photos, will be the occasion to grasp, over the long term, the components and determinants of the public policies which AFD has been contributing to for 75 years.
For the press, on 30 November 2016, compulsory accreditation at:
- Thursday 1 and Friday 2 December 2016
International academic conference on “Commons and Development”: What are the contributions and limits of the commons for development assistance?” Parc Floral in Vincennes.
This 12th international Conference on Development will be opened by Thierry Mandon, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, and chaired by Gaël Giraud, AFD’s Chief Economist. It aims to bring together researchers and practitioners and build a dialogue on the coordination between the “Commons” and development dynamics, drawing on a wide range of analytical frameworks and disciplines. Testimonies will be made at the conference by the actors and researchers Ravi Kanbur (Cornell University), Amy Dahan (CNRS-EHESS), Eduardo S. Brondizio (Indiana University), Chimère Diaw (African Model Forest Network) and Christophe Sand (Institute of Archaeology of New Caledonia and the Pacific).
For the press, on 1 and 2 December, compulsory accreditation at:
Press Point with Gaël Giraud, Chief Economist of AFD,
Thursday 1 December at 13:00 during a buffet (Register by return e-mail)
- Monday 5 December 2016 from 8:30 to 19:00 at Palais Brongniart
Conference on “The French overseas territories in transition: What strategies for tomorrow?”
This day, in the presence of Ericka Bareigts, Minister for Overseas France*, will review the economic, social and environmental challenges facing the French overseas territories, where AFD is very active, and at a time when they are especially confronted with the challenges of climate change, which is central to the issues of the SDGs. This conference is taking place following a series of local conferences organized in Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Réunion by AFD agencies. Speakers will include a number of key actors from the overseas territories (local authorities, ministries, socio-professionals, researchers, associations, etc.), while the 70 years of departmentalization, the research on effective equality and the forthcoming presidential elections in 2017 provide a context conducive to public debate.
*from 18:00 onwards.
For the press, on 5 December, compulsory accreditation at:
The Agence Française de Développement and Bpifrance have together launched a digital innovation competition open to African and French start-ups working for development in Africa
For the first time, the Agence Française de Développement, which for almost 75 years has been funding development projects in Africa, and Bpifrance, have joined forces to launch the "Digital Africa Start-up Challenge", an innovation competition to promote the development of digital start-ups in Africa. African and French start-ups have until 15 November 2016 to submit their applications in the fintech, health, environment-energy and agricultural sectors.
Applications may be submitted until 15 November 2016 via the Platform :
What motivated this challenge?
Africa is more and more connected, particularly due to the rapid adoption of mobile telephony, and has become a continent of digital innovation. The development of mobile payments and the increasing adoption of smart phones and broadband Internet are among the many factors that now enable digital entrepreneurs to propose new products and services in all economic sectors. The dynamism of digital ecosystems has led to an increase in the number of technological hubs, co-working units, laboratories and incubators, of which there are now more than 300 on the continent.
Given this context, the AFD and Bpifrance wanted to pool their experience in the financing of digital innovation and development. The "Startup Challenge Digital Africa" should encourage and support new players in the digital economy, accelerate the sharing of know-how and facilitate the emergence of new solutions for development.
Four sectors have been chosen for their dynamism and potential impact for development of the continent:
What are the rewards for the winners?
A jury will choose two start-up winners, one African and one French, in each of the four sectors (i.e. eight start-ups).
Another two start-ups, one African and one French will be selected by online voters.
In all, 10 start-ups will thus be rewarded.
They will be invited to come and present their project and meet partners during the 27th Africa-France Summit, to be held at Bamako on 13 and 14 January 2017.
How to apply?
African and French entrepreneurs should submit the key elements of their entrepreneurial project online at http://digitalafrica.afd.fr before 15 November 2016, and must indicate in which of the four categories they wish to compete, namely fintech, health, environment/energy or agriculture.
A qualified jury and two renowned sponsors
The jury will be made up of qualified African and French personalities and representatives of the AFD and Bpifrance. The Digital Africa Start-up Challenge is sponsored by two influential entrepreneurs in the world of technology and innovation: 14 January 2017.
An entrepreneur based in Dakar
Founder of the Jokkolabs network (the 1st African collaborative working space)
A French entrepreneur, Founder of Africa4Tech
First chairman of the French Digital Council France’s “Digital Champion” and one of the European Commission’s Digital Ambassadors
The AFD and Bpifrance
Rémy Rioux, Director General of the AFD claims: "Digital technology may be an incredible accelerator of sustainable development in Africa, on condition that each entrepreneur is able to benefit from the innovation springboard. The Agence Française de Développement wants to accompany this wave of transition, which offers new trajectories for growth, by supporting southern entrepreneurs whose projects are promising for the continent and by promoting interactions between northern and southern entrepreneurs. This is why the AFD and Bpifrance decided to work together to launch this competition."
Nicolas Dufourcq, Director General of Bpifrance, declares: "The technological leaps occurring in Africa and the emergence of a young middle-class have created exceptional development opportunities for African and French companies. We are proud to participate in this competition, which is in line with our actions for promoting the internationalisation of companies and cooperation with the African continent."
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