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In Cambodia, the main target sectors for AFD intervention are agriculture, infrastructures, the productive sector and vocational training.

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The projects


The signing of the civil works contract allows the implementation of the SRWSA project financed by AFD


The signature of the civil works contract between the Siem Reap Water Supply Authority (SRWSA) and the French company VINCI Construction Grand projects took place on June the 22nd. The construction works of the water supply treatment plant as well as the 7.6 km transmission networks of SRWSA will begin early July 2017.
This project will enable the SRWSA to double the water supply capacity of the city of Siem Reap up to 34,000 m3/day and to serve 50% of the population by 2019.

Other provincial cities should also receive AFD’s funds by the end of 2017, including Battambang and Kampong Cham, to significantly increase the number of areas served by drinking water – up to 100% more.

Yesterday the Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority, today the SRWSA, tomorrow other water authorities … AFD in Cambodia renews its success stories!

2016, a record year for AFD


With a record year in 2016 marked by EUR 9.4bn of commitments, AFD is taking action in new fields, particularly in continental Africa

Rémy Rioux, Chief Executive Officer of AFD, presented today AFD’s results for 2016, from the perspective of its strategy for 2020.

At the request of the French President in 2015, AFD has significantly increased the volume of its financing, in line with the international community’s objectives (SDGs, Paris Climate Agreement), formed its strategic alliance with Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, and extended its scope of operations. 



Rémy Rioux, its Chief Executive Officer, explains AFD’s strategy: “2016, the year of its 75th anniversary, was marked by the increase in AFD’s commitments, its strategic alliance with Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, and the strengthening of its partnerships with civil society, territorial authorities, the private sector, bilateral and multilateral development banks, European institutions and the major foundations. With EUR 9.4bn of commitments, AFD has set out on an ambitious growth path to support the major transitions in developing countries and the French overseas territories. With its new strategy, AFD will be playing a leading role in supporting the emergence of a common world.”

In 2015, the French President set for AFD the objective of increasing its activity by +60% by 2020 to some EUR 13bn of annual commitments. It set out on this growth path in 2016.

EUR 9.4bn of projects were financed by AFD: i.e. +13% in 1 year.

Africa, all Africa, is AFD’s priority, with some EUR 4bn of commitments in 2016, a +25% increase.

  • Between 2010 and 2016, EUR 22bn were committed in Africa.
  • In January 2017, at the Bamako Summit, the French President made an even more ambitious commitment for AFD: EUR 23bn will be committed for Africa over the next five years.
  • AFD has supported renewable energy development by committing EUR 600m in Africa in 2016. It plans to devote EUR 3bn to the sector by 2020.

AFD is operating in new countries and new sectors: 

  • Argentina, Cuba, the Balkans: AFD will be extending its geographical area of operations towherever the support of a committed and solidarity-focused development bank is useful.
  •  AFD’s new strategy opens up areas of action for the future, in sectors in which AFD did not previously operate or had limited activity: governance, cultural industries, higher education, innovation and digital technology, social business, the external action of local authorities, education in development and international solidarity.

AFD and CDC: A strategic alliance active in the field

The strategic alliance between the two institutions, signed on 6 December 2016, is being operationalized in the field. At international level, it is leading to common tools, such as the EUR 600m infrastructure investment fund, whose creation was recently announced by the two Chief Executive Officers in Burkina Faso. In France, it is bringing about a closer partnership with regional and local authorities and all development actors in territories.


AFD’s action in 2016

Action on the five continents:

  • 50% of AFD’s financial commitments in foreign countries (some EUR 4bn in 2016, i.e. +25% in one year) are devoted to Africa, all Africa, a priority for AFD’s action, where 84% of the budget resources allocated by the State are focused. In its new strategy, AFD considers Africa as a whole: from Morocco to South Africa, from Senegal to Djibouti, with its regional dynamics, without separating the North of the Sahara from the South.
  • 20% in Asia and the Pacific to finance low-carbon projects (EUR 1.3bn in 2016).
  • 20% in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a focus on sustainable urban development (EUR 1.1bn in 2016).
  • 10% in the Middle East to finance inclusive and resilient growth (EUR 741m in 2016).
  • In 2016, AFD also earmarked EUR 1.6bn of financing for the French overseas authorities.

The markers of AFD’s action: 6 x 50%
AFD, France’s development bank, which is solidarity-focused and committed to working for populations in the South and the French overseas territories, bases its action on 6 strong markers:

  • 50% of its commitments abroad are in Africa
  • 50% of its activity concerns French-speaking countries and territories
  • 50% of its projects have positive impacts on the climate
  • 50% of its projects contribute to reducing gender inequalities
  • 50% of its beneficiaries are non-State actors (State-owned or private companies in Southern countries, local authorities, public institutions, NGOs, banks) 
  • 50% of its projects are cofinanced with other donors

AFD finances sustainable growth paths that contribute to the five major transitions which both developing and developed countries are undergoing: demographic and social transitions, territorial and ecological transition, energy transition, digital and technological transition, political and citizen-based transition.

Solutions which bring about positive impacts for populations

In 2016, AFD financed 657 development projects, which have, for example:

  • improved urban transport in New Caledonia;
  • managed tensions between host and refugee populations in Lebanon and Jordan;
  • built Burkina Faso’s energy autonomy;

Projects with measurable concrete impacts every year. Over the past 5 years, on average: 

  • 730,000 family farms supported;
  • 665 MW of renewable energies installed;
  • improved access to water and sanitation for 1.2 million people;
  • 54,000 SMEs supported;
  • 832,000 children sent to school.

 ► Find out more about the results for 2016

Agroecology, recherch, dévelopment and action in Cambodia


The 1st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Agroecology Learning alliance in South East Asia (ALiSEA) in Cambodia was organized in Siem Reap on the 21st and 22nd of March 2017. The support to the emergence of ALiSEA is part of a regional program, Towards an Agroecological Transition (ACTAE), funded by the French Agency for Development (AFD) and jointly implemented by CIRAD and GRET.

ALiSEA AGM was attended by 60 participants from a broad diversity of organizations (Local & International NGO, Farmer Federations, Research Centers, Academia, Private Sector and Government Agency). This event was organized around a two-days meeting alternating presentations, insightful talks and field visits.

The field visits enable the participants to witness first hand agroecological initiatives and exchanges with experienced farmers in Prei Thlok village (Knart Commune, in Puok district) and in Kouk Russei Choeng village (Dan Run commune, in Sotr Nikum district), respectively supported by Feed the future program (USAID) and GRET/CIRD APICI project (Coopération décentralisée Conseil Général 92).

The AGM provided a space for:

  1. Presenting and sharing ALiSEA progress activities (1st year) and updates on granted organizations of the 1st call for proposal from ALiSEA and CANSEA Grant Facility
  2. Reinforcing and envisioning a broad coalition of stakeholders involved in the promotion of agroecology in Cambodia through the approbation of ALiSEA 1st charter
  3. Sharing and facilitating multi-stakeholders discussion on their vision and practices of agroecology in order to reach common understanding in Cambodia

All presentations that have supported the discussions are available for download on ALiSEA website here: http://ali-sea.org/alisea-1st-annual-general-meeting-in-cambodia-siem-reap-21-22-march-2017/

To go further with ALiSEA, visit our online knowledge sharing platform about agroecology in the Mekong Region (http://ali-sea.org/) and follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AgroecologyLearningAlliance

Sala Baï Program, or when the hotel industry works to combat poverty


The objective of the  French NGO “Agir pour le Cambodge”  is to open the door to employment for young people via career-centered training in hotel and catering activities. This project is supported by AFD and will allow the Sala Baï hotel school to expand its courses. 

Leading hotel school in Cambodia
The Sala Baï hotel school is a tremendous initiative of the NGO “Agir pour le Cambodge” . This free school was set up in Siem Reap in 2002 and trains nearly 100 disadvantaged Cambodians every year. 
These young people graduate with a recognized diploma cosigned by the Cambodian Ministries of Labor and Tourism. The effectiveness of this training is recognized by the main local actors in the hotel and catering industry, which guarantees them easier access to the labor market.
Training central to development 
AFD, which is actively involved in assisting the development of vocational training sectors and the tourism sector in Cambodia, is supporting the hotel school with EUR 500,000 of financing.
This financial assistance will:
  • Support the Sala Baï program for three years;
  • Give the school the means to diversify its courses;
  • Allow 150 students to be trained every year starting in the 2018-2019 school year, against a hundred or so today.
1,300 young people trained in hotel and catering activities
Thanks to this grant, Sala Baï will shortly be launching the construction of new boarding facilities to accommodate the 150 students in an area near the school and with optimal conditions of comfort and security. These boarding facilities are scheduled to open at the end of the year.
In 14 years, over 1,300 young Cambodians from disadvantaged backgrounds across the country, 70% of whom are girls, have benefited from high-quality vocational training in hotel and catering activities: a real asset to find a job!


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