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Reforestation of Arberdares forest

AFD financed the reforestation of southern and western areas of Aberdares through the Green Belt Movement; an NGO founded in 1977 by Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai (2004).

Urban Development in Kisumu

AFD supports the City of Kisumu located on the shores of Lake Victoria in terms of access to water and sanitation (rehabilitation of the existing system), as well as developing basic services (Kisumu Urban Project).

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AFD has supported the production of geothermal energy in Olkaria. This project has helped reduce significantly the price of electricity.

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Extension of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

AFD together with the World Bank has financed the expansion of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The new Terminal 1 was commissioned in 2014 and has significantly increased the capacity of the airport in terms of number of passengers and also improved passenger's safety.

Nairobi Airport


Europe to help connect more households to Kenya's power grid


Hundreds of thousands of households around Kenya can look forward to being connected for the first time to the country's national electricity grid, thanks to a deal signed today between the Government and European banks and development organisations. The new agreement will enable Kenya Power to connect many more ordinary households in 32 counties of Kenya to the national electricity network, using European bank soft loans and development funds to support the country's "Last Mile Connectivity" initiative.

The total financial package is worth about 20 billion shillings (180 million Euros) and was put together by the European Union (EU), the French Development Agency (AFD) and European Investment Bank (EIB). It includes soft loans from AFD (90 million Euros) and the EIB (60 million Euros), together with a grant (30 million Euros) from the EU.

EU Ambassador Stefano Dejak, EIB Vice-President Pim Van Ballekom and France's Ambassador Antoine Sivan were present at the Treasury where the deal was signed between Cabinet Secretary of National Treasury Henry Rotich, the AFD's Regional Director Bruno Deprince, and the EIB's Vice-President.
"The Last Mile Connectivity initiative is a vital part of Kenya's development," said Ambassador Dejak. "It helps ensure that the national power grid reaches as many households as possible, so that ordinary Kenyan people have direct access to cheaper and more reliable supplies of electricity. The necessary investments aren't always commercially attractive, which is why the European Union has decided to support them with a major grant."
Ambassador Sivan acknowledged “the ongoing revolution in the field of access to electricity in Kenya”. He noted that:“The efforts of the Kenyan Government have led to an unprecedented number of new citizens accessing electricity each year. Kenya is now an example for the countries of the region. We are proud to have been supporting the Kenyan authorities along this exciting journey, and we are looking forward to continuing doing so.”
Kenya is increasingly becoming a hub for the region on many levels and we as a Bank must look at this from a very basic point of view, namely that there is a young and growing population with enormous potential, and that you need investments to support that momentum.” said EIB Vice-President Van Ballekom. He also mentioned that “Thanks to today’s signature nearly 300.000 Kenyan households will soon be connected to the electricity grid, a basic condition for further economic growth.”
It is estimated that the European-funded work will support around 300 000 new connections. The Government's ultimate aim is for practically all Kenyan households to have access to electricity. The European-funded work will benefit households in 32 counties, where AFD has financed extensions of the grid to which many people live nearby but aren't connected. Most of the counties that aren't covered are those where the national grid has more limited reach, mainly in the sparsely-populated northern and eastern areas of the country, for which the Government is promoting mini-grids and off-grid electricity access solutions under different programmes.

Aga Khan Hospitals in Kisumu and Mombasa to expand through support from Agence Française de Développement (AFD)


In Kenya, the role of the private sector in the provision of care is recognized by the Ministry of Health and is an effective support for a budget-constrained public policy. In this context, Aga Khan Health Service Kenya (AKHS-K), comprising the hospitals of Nairobi (300 beds), Kisumu (61 beds), Mombasa (82 beds) and a network of primary health centers, plays a decisive role in improving the provision of care.

In East Africa, the Aga Khan network has a regional strategy covering Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to provide a continuum of care from primary health centers to referral hospitals throughout the region.

Aga Khan Development Network and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) signed the 12th January agreements for a total of US$19.5 million towards the improvement and expansion of the Aga Khan Hospitals in both Kisumu and Mombasa. The total project cost is $27.8 million (over Kenyan Shilling 2.8 billion). The balance investment of $8.3 million is a grant from the Aga Khan Development Network.
In Kisumu, the Aga Khan Hospital, will grow to a 100-bed facility (from the current 61 beds), expand its women and child health programme, implement elements of cardiology and cancer programmes  that are part of the regional AKDN continuum of care approach and create a niche programme in infectious diseases with linkages to non-communicable diseases. In addition, the Hospital will expand its footprint by establishing an additional ten Outreach Health Centres.
The Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa major expansion, will include the establishment of an invasive cardiology programme, a day care chemotherapy center, a neonatal high dependency unit and a niche in rehabilitation medicine. Additionally, the Aga Khan Hospital Mombasa will expand its reach in the Coast Region by establishing an additional ten Outreach Health Centres during the planned period.
Improving care provision in the Kisumu and Mombasa regions is a structuring project for the Kenyan health system and will support the development of these two regions. Moreover, this project will contribute to a better accessibility of the offer: geographical accessibility (peripheral health centers) but also financial thanks to the financial support program for disadvantaged patients and the maternal health program. This project will also train local human resources on specialties that are still underdeveloped in these regions.
AFD and AKHS also signed a second agreement the 13th January for a US$ 266,000 (Euro 250,000) grant from AFD for capacity building in palliative care in all four hospitals in East Africa (Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, Aga Khan Hospital Mombasa, Aga Khan Hospital Kisumu and Aga Khan Hospital Dar es Salaam). A baseline assessment has shown non-availability of services, lack of awareness of what palliative care can do and stigma and misunderstanding that demonstrates the poor state of affairs. This grant will be implemented through a partnership with Institute Curie in Paris, and capacity building will be provided to AKHS staff, as well as a close working together with County health professionals in this field.
The AKDN and the French Government have a long-standing relationship internationally and in Kenya.  In line with the co-operation in the social, cultural, economic and humanitarian fields defined in the Accord of Cooperation between the AKDN and the French Government signed in 1999, AFD Group has supported multiple projects in East Africa and Asia.

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 :  http://digitalafrica.afd.fr  


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:

  • fintech
  • health
  • environment/energy
  • agriculture

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.

Karim Sy 
An entrepreneur based in Dakar
Founder of the Jokkolabs network (the 1st African collaborative working space)

Gilles Babinet 
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."

About Bpifrance

Bpifrance , a subsidiary of the Caisse des Dépôts and the French state, a trusted partner of French entrepreneurs, supports companies from start-up to flotation on the stock exchange by granting loans, acting as guarantor and by investing. Bpifrance also provides support services that reinforce innovation, external growth and exports, in partnership with Business France and Coface.

Bpifrance offers companies a complete range of financing for every key stage of their development, and offers that are adapted to regional specificities. With 47 regional branches (90% of decisions are taken in the regions), Bpifrance is an economic competitiveness tool at the service of entrepreneurs.

Bpifrance acts to implement French government policy and Regional policies in order to achieve three objectives:

  • reinforce the growth of companies ; 
  • prepare their competitiveness for the future ;
  • contribute to the development of an ecosystem that favours entrepreneurship.

In Bpifrance, companies have a powerful and effective partner, who follows their development closely in order to meet all of their needs for financing, innovation and investment.

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AFD provides 33 million euros to add renewable power in Kenya Power mini grids


On the occasion of the visit Jean-Marc Ayrault, French Minister for Foreign Affairs and former Prime Minister, the AFD strengthens its support to the development of the Kenyan electricity sector by the signing of a new 33 million Euro financing (about 3.7 billions Kenyan shillings).

This financing agreement was signed in Nairobi on August 1st, at State House, by the Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich with Bruno Deprince, Regional Director for East Africa of AFD, in presence of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Jean-Marc Ayrault, French Minister for Foreign Affairs and former Prime Minister.

This 33 million Euro financing will support the installation of renewable energy generation units (primarily solar photovoltaic, but also in some cases wind turbines) in 23 mini-grids currently powered by diesel generators. This operation will be implemented by Kenya Power; a company owned 50,1% by the Government of Kenya in charge of electricity distribution in the country.

It is expected that around 9.6 MW of solar photovoltaic and 0.6 MW wind capacities will be installed. The project is in particular expected to:

  • reduce the average cost of electricity production of mini-grids by an average of 20%;
  • contribute to the improvement of energy security of supply of Kenya;
  • support economic development by promoting more reliable electricity service;
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the combustion of diesel.

This new project contributes to the long-term partnership developed between the Kenyan authorities and AFD in the energy sector. Since the beginning of its activity in Kenya in early 2000, AFD committed over 800 million € of loans to the Kenyan power sector, spread across the entire industry value chain: drilling for the development of geothermal energy, renewable energy plants, national grid and interconnection with Ethiopia, electrification in rural areas and in urban areas, and even support for investment in the sector by SMEs. AFD Group is among the biggest financiers of the sector.

In particular, this new project is part of a long term partnership between Kenya Power and AFD. Indeed, AFD has already made funds available to Kenya Power to set up the Stima Loan (microfinance facility of Kenya Power to cover customer contribution for connection to the electricity network), to implement past rural and urban electrification projects and to support the implementation of Kenya Power Distribution Masterplan. The two institutions are also about to partner for a 120 million Euro -corresponding to about 13.5 billion Kenyan Shillings- contribution (including a 30 million Euro grant from the European Union channelled through AFD) to the Last Mile Connectivity programs which aims at fast-tracking electrification at national scale.

Like all the projects supported by AFD in Kenya in this field, this new financing is aligned with the key pillars of France's cooperation policy in the energy sector, i / promoting access to electricity for all, ii / supporting sustainable economic development, and in particular iii / supporting the development of renewable energy to contribute to the fight against climate change, following the CoP21 that was hosted in Paris.

Referring to the climate negotiations hosted in Paris (Cop21), the French Minister for Foreign Affairs highlighted that “one of the critical topics of those international discussions is the financing of the fight against climate change. The signing of this financing agreement shows that significant resources are indeed made available to the States, parastatals and the private sector to support climate friendly projects. France is committed to provide such financial resources and has announced recently that it will increase by 2 billion euros [more than 220 billion Kenyan Shillings] a year its commitment to the fight against climate change in developing countries.
The French Minister for Foreign Affairs also highlighted that this financing was aligned with the “Joint Declaration on Sustainable Energy signed by Kenya at the Cop21 in Paris, to which France, EU, Italy, the Netherlands and the US are parties”.


Kenya Power
Kenya Power is the biggest company in the electricity sector in Kenya. It is in charge of electricity distribution and of the management, maintenance and strengthening of transmission lines built before the creation of Ketraco (in charge of new electricity transmission lines). Kenya Power is today the single buyer of electricity generated or imported into Kenya. Kenya Power is a public company 50.1% owned by the Kenyan government. The company is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.



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