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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


Aga Khan Health Services and French agencies partner to improve Palliative Care in Kenya and Tanzania


The Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and Expertise France today signed an agreement to enhance the quality of palliative care services in the Aga Khan Hospitals in both Kenya and Tanzania. The programme is being grant funded by the Agence Francaise de Developpement under which AKHS will receive 250,000 € to conduct specialised training for 4 doctors and 4 nurses – also known as “champions” through the Institut Curie.

The Euros 250,000 grant will go towards the implementation of a pilot palliative care training project for professionals from four hospitals of the Aga Khan Health Services in Kenya (Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa) and Tanzania (Dar Es Salaam). The programme will be implemented by Institut Curie, world renowned for their technical expertise in palliative and supportive care and their pragmatic, tailor-made trainings. Expertise France has been instrumental in working with the Aga Khan Health Services and Institut Curie to develop the overall implementation plan.

According to Dr Alexis Burnod, the project’s key expert and responsible for implementing Institut Curie’s training activities, « The spread of palliative care culture as a criterion of healthcare excellence towards patients and their families is a universal invitation. It is the result of the work of an entire team dedicated to promote a comprehensive care focused on the patient. This partnership programme with our Kenyan and Tanzanian counterparts reinforces this international humanist dynamic”.

“Our 15 years of experience creating partnerships and exchanges between hospitals in the North and the South have shown the value of giving healthcare professionals the opportunity to learn from one another – improving not only skills, but also the organisation and the continuum of care” added Mr Sebastien Mosneron Dupin, CEO of expertise France.

The partnership will bring Kenya and Tanzania closer to their goal of establishing palliative care services in the region by providing specialised clinical training as well as by enabling hospital professionals to establish designated palliative care units. Experts from Institut Curie and Expertise France will provide continual support and feedback throughout the process, resulting in invaluable information for advocacy, policy changes and scaling-up of the programme.

Palliative care in low-income countries

The quality of life of patients and their families facing life-limiting illness is a growing concern in low-income countries, particularly in Africa. Low income countries are disproportionately burdened with chronic diseases such as cancer, HIV-AIDS, kidney, heart and respiratory disease and face particular challenges in providing palliative care.

According to WHO and the World Palliative Care Alliance, a staggering 78% of the 19.2 million adults requiring palliative care are estimated to be in middle- and low-income countries. Often, health facilities in these countries lack pain medication, adequate hospital facilities, specially-trained medical staff, designated palliative care units and government or policy support. In particular, opioid pain-relief is very limited, and often prohibited from importation in a large number of African and Central/South Asian countries: an estimated 80% of the world’s population currently lacks access to opioids for pain relief at the end of one’s life.

“This partnership comes at a time when there is a large unmet need for palliative care within the health systems in Kenya and Tanzania,” said Dr. Gijs Walraven, Director of Health, signing the agreement on behalf of the Aga Khan Development Network. “There is an urgent need for education, and for advocacy with decision makers to take action and create enabling environments for palliative care at the national level.”

Improving palliative care in Kenya and Tanzania

The enhancement of palliative care in middle and low-income countries is a key priority for the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), working mainly in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Expertise France has also responded to the burden of chronic and non-transmissible diseases in its strategy for improving health in middle- and low-income countries. The Institut Curie is a leading French institution for cancer care and research and has developed an innovative, multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to palliative care.


About Aga Khan Health Services
The Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) is one of three agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) that support activities in health.  The others are the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and the Aga Khan University (AKU). Together, the three agencies provide quality health care to five million people annually and work closely on planning, training and resource development.  AKHS also works with the Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) and the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) on the integration of health issues into specific projects. The AKDN health system has been operating in East Africa for over 80 years. Its expanding East Africa Integrated Health System is dedicated to providing high-quality health coverage at affordable prices to an economically diverse population.

About Expertise France
Expertise France is the French public agency for international technical assistance. It aims at contributing to sustainable development based on solidarity and inclusiveness, mainly through enhancing the quality of public policies within the partner countries. Expertise France designs and implements cooperation projects addressing skills transfers between professionals. The agency also develops integrated offers, assembling public and private expertise in order to respond to the partner countries' needs. ► www.expertisefrance.fr

About the Institut Curie
A leading player in the fight against cancer, Institut Curie brings together an internationally-renowned research centre and an advanced hospital group that provides care for all types of cancer – including the rarest forms. Founded in 1909 by Nobel laureate Marie Curie, Institut Curie comprises three sites (Paris, Saint-Cloud and Orsay), where more than 3,300 members of staff are dedicated to achieving three objectives: hospital care; scientific research; and the sharing of knowledge and the preserving of legacy. As a private charitable foundation since 1921 that is recognised as serving the public interest, Institut Curie is supported by donations and grants. This support is used to fund discoveries that will improve treatment and the quality of life of cancer patients.

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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