AFD in the Palestinian Territories

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AFD's strategy in the Palestinian Territories  is scaling up its assistance for the structuring and capacity building of institutions that provide services to the population. AFD’s operations also aim to promote social cohesion. To see more, click here



Energy seminar bringing together the donors from Europe


The agency of AFD in Jerusalem, which leads the energy group of the EU delegation, met at the Ambassador Hotel on Monday, 05 of June 2017 with the European donors of the energy sector in Palestine.

During the seminar, the participants had the opportunity to exchange and coordinate the issues of the sector: the energy crisis in Gaza, the Israeli-Palestinian agreement on the electricity, the renewable energy legislation in Palestine. The main object was to address a joint message to the Palestinian Energy Authority. Donors have confirmed their support for the EU Joint Programming, in particular in the Palestinian energy sector.

In addition, they expressed their interest in identifying joint projects by 2018, in particular in the energy efficiency and renewable energy sector.

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

The Reunion of the Vice-Minister of Water & AFD's director in Jerusalem


The French Development Agency in East-Jerusalem was established by Jean-Pierre Marcelli in 1998, in the dynamics of the Oslo Accords (1993-1995). He had sympathized with Rebhy Al Sheikh, the official of the Palestinian Water Authority and Gazaoui (a resident of the Gaza Strip).

The French Development Agency in East-Jérusalem was established by Jean-Pierre Marcelli in 1998, in the dynamics of the Oslo Accords (1993-1995). He had sympathized with Rebhy Al Sheikh, the official of the Palestinian Water Authority and Gazaoui ( a resident of the Gaza Strip). The two had met again when Jean-Pierre was in charge of the Agency of French Development in Cairo. Rebhy, currently, is the Deputy Minister of the Palestinian Water Authority, came fr the first time to the headquarrters of the AFD on March 27, 2017. The photo shows the new reunion with the currect director of the Agency of French Development in East-Jérusalem.
Water is the first focal sector in Palestine. Water projects in progress in Palestine are Worth 80 Million Euros. AFD dedicates 25% of all the combined sectors in Palestine to Gaza.

The Deputy Minister accompanied in France the Minister of the National Economy and about fifteen Palestinian entrepreneurs; their program was organized around a meeting with Frrench idustrialists in MEDEF and a visit to the National Institute of Solar Energy (INES).

NGEST (North Gaza Emergency Sewerage Treatment): Signature of contract for the completion of works and the O&M


The construction of a Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in the northern Gaza Strip has been put on hold in recent years as the international contractor declared bankruptcy in early 2014. In addition, during Gaza war, summer 2014, damaged several installations on the site.


The current phase of the NGEST project consists in the construction of a biological treatment plant with a daily capacity of 35,000 cubic meters which will serve the population of Gaza North estimated at 250,000 inhabitants.

After two years of legal and commercial negotiations, a joint venture was formed between Termomeccanica Ecologia (Italy) and Masoud and Ali Contracting Co (local contractor). They signed two contracts, one for the completion of the work at the WWTP site and the other for 2 years of operation and maintenance to transfer the operational know-how to the Palestinians. The contracts amounts are US $ 12 million, co-financed by the World Bank and AFD.

The contract was signed on 13 November 2016 between the Minister of the Palestinian Water Authority, Eng. Mazen Ghunaim, and the joint venture under the patronage of Prime Minister Rami Hamadallah. Mr Pierre Cochard, French Consul General in Jerusalem, Mrs Marina Wes, Local Director of the World Bank and the Director of the Jerusalem Agency attended the ceremony.

Sanitation: The city of Missilya takes the challenge up


Improving access to water and sanitation services remains one of AFD's priorities in the Palestinian Territories. Therefore, the Agency is funding the Missilya project in the West Bank, which will provide the population with a robust system for the collection and treatment of the wastewater.


Access to quality services for the population

AFD supports the construction of sanitation infrastructure in Missilya, a small town in the northern West Bank, Jenin Governorate.

In fact, sanitation services benefit a small part of the population of the northern West Bank only (45% for collection and 16% for treatment).

This project, financed from the AFD ceiling 5.5 million Euros, is fully in line with the National Water and Sanitation Strategy. It is implemented by the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA), and aims to bring these sanitation services to 75% of the population by 2032.

At the end of the project, the inhabitants of Missilya will be connected to one system covering this city of 5000 inhabitants.

Reed-planted filters to treat wastewater

The project involves the construction of two main infrastructures:

• A sanitation system that collects wastewater from the city;
• A treatment plant.

This treatment station uses a robust technology and is adapted to rural areas: a treatment through reed-planted filters, a common technology in France but not in the Palestinian Territories.

Wastewater treated by the station may eventually be reused for agriculture.
The Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) has signed a 3.7 M€ contract with the Palestinian company Brothers Contracting Company on November, 3rd 2016 for the construction of these infrastructures.

The work should be completed within 18 months and it will allow the joint service council of Maythaloun (JSC) to provide the sanitation services to the population.

Operated since 2012, JSC works closely with another joint service council in the region, the JSC of Tubas, renowned for its experience in managing prepaid water meters. The two JSCs were created with the support of the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) and the AFD.

The visit of the Minister of Water of Palestine to Bethlehem Water Project


To improve water and sanitation services in Bethlehem, AFD is funding a project to improve the district's drinking water services. The Water Minister of Palestine, Mr. Mazen Ghunaim visited the field on September, 22nd 2016.

Objective: Improving the access to water for 110,000 inhabitants 
Financed by both France via the AFD and the Netherlands ceiling 17.5 million Euros, in a region where the resource is rare, the project aims to improve the drinking water system in Bethlehem district in order to ensure the continuity of the water supply to the population.
One of the results: benefiting 110,000 inhabitants by improving their access to drinking water.
Thanks to the rehabilitation of the drinking water system, more than 56 km of pipes will be replaced to increase average consumption / access to drinking water by nearly 20%.
During a visit to Bethlehem, the Water Minister of Palestine, Mr. Mazen Ghunaim was able to observe the progress of the work and to meet with the project’s teams.
Ongoing work is being carried out by a joint-venture composed of Jordanian and Palestinian regional companies. While the French consulting firm BRLi, which carried out the study phase, supervises the work.

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