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Closer ties with CDC: AFD strengthened as of 2016 for a more just and more sustainable world


The French President confirmed yesterday that closer ties will be established between Agence Française de Développement Group and Caisse des Dépôts Group, whose mandates will be extended to development and international solidarity. This major reform, which will be reflected in a law brought before Parliament in the first quarter of 2016, will allow AFD to implement the French President’s objectives for France’s Official Development Assistance policy.

The operational capacity of AFD Group, the central actor in State policy to support developing countries, will be considerably strengthened thanks to an initial tripling of its capital by the State, then a fourfold increase by 2035. AFD’s financing for developing countries and international solidarity will increase by EUR 4bn by 2020, including EUR 2bn for the fight against climate change and its consequences, while grants will increase by some EUR 400m by 2020. This will lead to a 50% increase in AFD’s activity to EUR 12.5bn by 2020. CDC will contribute EUR 500m to the development policy for equity investments.

“The integration of the public institution AFD into Caisse des Dépôts Group is a recognition of its experience, its expertise, its capacity for reflection and innovation and its commitment in the field towards a more just and more sustainable world. It will be accompanied by an increase in resources. AFD will be permanently strengthened. Starting this year, it will implement the objectives set out in 2015 during the Addis Ababa Conference on Financing for Development, the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Change Agreement. France will consequently have an institution that rises to the challenges of the 21st century”, welcomes Anne Paugam, Chief Executive Officer of AFD.

“The French President’s decisions and ambitious objectives he has set for AFD provide a concrete response to the challenges facing the world today: taking action in the South means addressing the challenges faced by France as of now”, considers Anne Paugam. “This mobilization of the joint forces of CDC, the promoter of sustainable development in France, and AFD, the central operator for the State’s development policy, opens up prospects for meeting the universal challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Consequently, it will be possible to build synergies in a number of fields, by involving local authorities more in projects implemented in the South, thanks to CDC’s territorial foothold, and by opening up AFD Group’s international network to CDC. It will be easier to pool expertise in terms of energy transition and climate change, which are common issues for the North and South, and for thematic areas such as digital technology, migration and sustainable cities, for the benefit of all.

These closer ties will also increase financing in the French overseas territories, where AFD’s actions support local authorities, as well as both the public sector and private sector.

AFD presents three winners with awards for the 4th edition of the AFD Photography Prize


The three winners of the 4th edition of the AFD Photography Prize received their awards this evening during a ceremony at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. AFD’s Photography Prize for professionals was launched in 2012. It raises the awareness of a broader public to development challenges in Southern countries and pays tribute to the crucial work of committed photographers. In 2016, 98 photographers entered for the Prize.

AFD/Polka Prize for the Best Photo Report Project
Johann Rousselot for “Delhi 21 – Trente Glorieuses ou Trente-Désastreuses ?” (Thirty Glorious or Thirty Disastrous Years)

Prize: EUR 15,000 of financing for a report and its publication in the magazine Polka and exhibition at the            MEP + traveling exhibition

  © Nicolas Moulard

Despite the failure of urban planning policies since the Partition in Delhi, the authorities are currently seeking to control the migration waves and their urban consequences with the “Delhi 21” Plan. The challenges are huge: access to drinking water, transport, energy, criminality…
This report aims to highlight the paradoxes of Greater Delhi, this city which has become, without really having the time to realize it, a megalopolis led by the forces of globalization.

Johann Rousselot was a member of the Oeil Public photo agency from 2001 until it closed in January 2010. He is currently represented by the photography company Signatures in France and Laif/Redux for the rest of the world. He is a photographer of reality and the field and relentlessly seeks to always strike the right balance between the journalistic commitment to informing and artistic commitment. A certain revolt is increasingly being felt against injustice and our totally unbridled capitalist system. 


AFD/Libération Special Prize for the Best Photo Report
Olivier Jobard for “Balkans Transit”

Prize : 5 000 €

© Olivier Jobard

Between January and August 2015, 30,000 migrants passed illegally via the island of Kos. This report retraces the journey of Ahmad, a young Syrian father and former shopkeeper, his wife Jihan, an interpreter in a property management company, and their children. “Balkans Transit” follows their journey between 21 June, when they arrived on the Greek island, and 21 July when they reached Sweden. The family travelled 7,000 km from their native Syria and crossed ten countries and ten borders.

Olivier Jobard worked for the agency Sipa Press for 20 years. He has been represented by the agency Myop since 2012. After having covered a number of conflicts as a photojournalist, his trip to Sangatte in 2000 prompted him to study migration issues. He works with migrants, who are very often described by statistics and hyperboles, over the long term and seeks to give them some humanity back.  

AFD / Nikon Grand Prix for the Best Web Documentary
Vlad Sokhin for “Crying Meri”

Prize: Nikon D750 (worth EUR 2,000)


  © Vlad Sokhin

In Papua New Guinea, over two-thirds of women are victims of domestic violence. Although there is no accurate data, it is estimated that half of women in this country are rape victims during their lifetimes. In addition, traditional beliefs in witchcraft are still deeply rooted in certain villages. Women are regularly accused of witchcraft. They are then rejected by their community, tortured and often left for dead. “Crying Meri” tells the story of the victims and survivors of this domestic and sexual violence and of those accused of witchcraft.

Vlad Sokhin is a photographer and videographer represented by Panos Pictures. His work explores social, cultural and environmental issues, with a focus on areas devastated by conflict or the aftermath of natural disasters. He has worked with a number of international media firms, NGOs and international organizations. Vlad Sokhin worked on “Crying Meri” between 2012 and 2014 in collaboration with several media firms, NGOs and the UN.

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