AFD in Ghana

AFD began its operations in Ghana in 1985, opening its first representation in an English speaking country. Since 1986, AFD has concentrated its operations on major economic infrastructure development projects in the country, mainly in the telecommunications, transport and energy sectors. Photo © Paul Williams


Two Ghanaian candidates awarded CEFEB/AFD's professional Master delivered in Marseilles, France


Mrs. Emmaline Ofosu and Ms. Paulina Bawa received from H.E. François Pujolas, French Ambassador to Ghana, the European Professional Master Certificate in "Economic Analysis and International Development” in Private Sector Financing from CEFEB (Centre for Financial, Economic and Banking studies).

Mrs. Emmaline Ofosu of Ecobank and Ms. Paulina Bawa of Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority responded to a call for submission of applications to the annual session sent to organisations from both public and private sectors of the economy, especially financial institutions and ministries.  

Successful applicants get the opportunity to go to Marseilles – France, to do this professional Masters Programme. Each programme is broken down into two sessions of 2½ months each, within the year.  Candidates are thus able to return to Ghana in between the two sessions to continue their official duties. 

As noted by H.E. François Pujolas, the French Ambassador to Ghana, the quality of the human capital of every country been vital in determining its economic growth, France is particularly happy to contribute to the development and growth of Ghana through this French Scholarship Programme, managed by AFD.

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Mobility and Development : launch of the Accra TroTro Apps Challenge


Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), in partnership with AFD and MEST, is organizing the first ever Accra TroTro Apps Challenge on May 27-28. This competition brings together key players from the transport sector and the technology ecosystem to develop smartphone applications aimed at improving mobility in Accra. After 24 hours of brainstorming and coding, the jury will reward the most innovative solutions with cash prizes totaling 4,000 Ghana cedis.

With a current population of about 4 million and more than a million people commuting daily to the city for various socio-economic activities, Accra is faced with a significant public transport and mobility challenge. In 2015, AMA – in partnership with AFD and Concordia University (Canada) – gathered data on over 300 active trotro routes and hundreds of stops. This data will be officially made public for the first time at the TroTro Apps Challenge!

Every trotro route registered with local authorities was surveyed by a team of data collectors using GPS-enabled smartphones. This data was then used to design the first map of Accra’s transport network – unveiled by the Honorable Vanderpuije in December 2015.

This event is also meant to complement several infrastructure and transport projects currently being implemented in Accra. According to Mrs Amélie July, the Resident Manager of AFD, “In addition to financing new transport infrastructures and services – as we are doing on the Accra-Amasaman corridor, for instance – we want to promote a more efficient use of the existing transport system. That is what the Accra Trotro Apps Challenge is about: developing smarter ways for people to navigate the city using trotros”.


About the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA)
Accra Metropolitan Assembly is the local government body at the heart of the Greater Accra. One of its various mandates is to regulate and plan trotro and taxi services in the metropolis through its Department of Transport.

About the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MESTGhana)
Recognized as Fast Company's "Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Africa, MEST provides training, investment and incubation for aspiring African tech entrepreneurs. Established in Ghana in 2008, MEST offers aspiring African entrepreneurs a fully sponsored twelve month, intensive full-time program. Sourced from top graduates in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya & South Africa, these Entrepreneurs-In-Training (EITs) are selected each year and receive comprehensive training across the spectrum of skills required to build successful tech businesses.


[Call for Papers] 12th AFD International Conference on Development - Commons and Development


The 12th AFD International Conference on Development will be held in Paris, at AFD, on December 1-2, 2016.

Please note that the deadline for submissions has been postponed to Wednesday, July 1st, 2016.

Selected submissions will be announced by July 31, 2016. Final versions of papers must be submitted no later than October 31, 2016.

The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers and their work and to stimulate dialogue at the intersection between commons and development dynamics on an international scale through recourse to a variety of analytical frameworks and disciplines. What do commons teach us in terms of development impacts on countries of the South? How can we understand commons in terms of actors, legal models, and indicators? How can we describe commons in terms of interactions with the public, the business sector, and political arenas? How do commons enrich our understanding of global public goods?

 This conference is organized in partnership with the Fondation pour les études et recherches sur le développement international (FERDI), the French Agricultural Centre for International Development (CIRAD), the Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l’Environnement (CRIOBE) and the French Research Institute for Development (IRD).

Opening remarks by Gaël Giraud, Chief Economist at AFD, CNRS, Paris, France. Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Jean-Michel Severino, CEO of Investisseurs & Partenaires, former General Manager of AFD (2001–2010), former member of the United Nations High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Chair of Convergences (a think tank);
  • Ravi Kanbur, Professor of Economics at Cornell University, former Chair of the World Development Report, former World Bank Chief Economist for the Africa Region;
  • Amy Dahan, Emeritus Director of Research at CNRS and Emeritus Member of the Alexandre Koyré Center (CNRS-EHESS);
  • Eduardo S. Brondizio, Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, Co-Director of the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change (ACT), and member of the Advisory Board of the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University;
  • Chimère Diaw, Director General of the African Model Forest Network and member of the International Model Forest Network. 

Rémy Rioux appointed Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement by the Council of Ministers today, 25 May 2016


Today, on a proposal made by François Hollande at the Parliament on 27 April 2016 and following a unanimous favorable vote of MPs and a majority of Senators, Mr. Rémy Rioux, 46, Deputy Secretary General of the French Ministry of Foreign affairs and International Development, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement, a Public Industrial and Commercial Establishment responsible for development in Southern countries and the French overseas territories. Rémy Rioux, AFD’s 11th Chief Executive Officer, will take over as head of AFD on 2 June 2016.

Rémy Rioux was born in June 1969 in Neuilly-sur-Seine and is an alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, rue d’Ulm, Sciences Po, and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He is a historian by training, a former student of Alain Corbin and Pierre Nora, and Senior Advisor at the Court of Auditors. During his career, he has alternately held responsibilities in France and for development in Africa.

Rémy Rioux appointed Chief Executive Officer of AFD © Alain Buu

At the age of 26, Rémy Rioux discovered Africa during an ENA internship in Benin, and subsequently by campaigning to promote the harmonization of business law in Africa. He has a love of this continent and has travelled across it throughout his career, established close ties there, and acquired a recognized expertise in development issues. He worked at the Directorate of the Treasury from 2004 to 2007, and subsequently from 2010 to 2012, where he contributed to modernizing monetary cooperation with African Franc Zone member countries, participated in the resolution of the Ivorian crisis, and contributed to making the issue of infrastructure and development central to the international agenda of the G20. At the time, he was a Member of the Boards of Directors of AFD and its subsidiary PROPARCO.

Rémy Rioux also conducted control missions in the energy and defense sectors at the Court of Auditors between 1997 and 2004. He worked at the Ministry of the Interior from 2000 to 2002, at the Office of the Minister Daniel Vaillant, where he was responsible for the budget and changeover to the euro. He also held a position at the State Holdings Agency (APE), from 2007 to 2010, as Chief Investment Officer responsible for the transport and media sectors, and sat on the Boards of Directors of various companies (SNCF, RATP, ADP, Renault, France Télévisions, France Médias Monde, Arte, le Grand Port Maritime du Havre).

In 2012, he was Director of the Office of the Minister of the Economy, Finance and Foreign Trade, Pierre Moscovici. He was actively involved in redefining economic relations between Africa and France and in the work conducted by Jacques Attali on economic Francophonie. Two years later, Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, appointed him Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry, in charge of economic issues. Alongside the Minister, he managed the financial component of the negotiations for COP21.

Following the announcement made by the French President in September 2015 of a revival of France’s Official Development Assistance policy and an increase in development and climate finance (by EUR 4bn by 2020, to reach EUR 12.5bn of annual commitments, including EUR 5bn for the climate), he was entrusted with a preparatory mission for the establishment of closer ties between Agence Française de Développement and Caisse des Dépôts, which aims to provide France with a tool capable of meeting the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals.

He is a man of dialogue and conviction and is deeply attached to the Massif Central region, particularly Corrèze and Lozère, where he regularly stays with his wife and three children.

Key Dates

  • 26 June 1969: Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • 1997: Auditor at the Court of Auditors on leaving ENA (Marc Bloch Class), where he became Senior Advisor in 2013
  • 2001 and 2002: Budget Advisor at the Office of Daniel Vaillant at the Ministry of the Interior
  • 2003: Control missions in the energy and defense sectors at the Court of Auditors
  • 2004: General Directorate of the Treasury, Head of the Office for Monetary and Development Cooperation with African, Caribbean, Pacific and Franc Zone countries
  • 2007: Deputy Director for the transport and audiovisual sectors at the State Holdings Agency (APE)
  • 2010: Deputy Director for international financial affairs and development at the General Directorate of the Treasury
  • 2012 to 2014: Director of the Office of Mr. Pierre Moscovici at the Ministry of the Economy and Finance
  • 2014: Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development in charge of economic affairs
  • 2015: Responsible for financial matters in the French negotiation team for COP21.
  • June 2016: Appointed the 11th Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement.

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