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An anniversary, an increase in financial resources, a new project, and closer ties with Caisse des Dépôts: 2016 is a landmark year for AFD. It is stronger, more open, more responsive and is engaged in a major strategic turnaround. In December 2016, AFD is marking these developments by changing its visual identity.

Symbol of rings
These rings are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which set the direction for the projects led by AFD. Several rings rotate, veering slightly each time they turn. It is a logo in motion, a vibrant logo. Its shades illustrate both the transitions and transparency. “This logo expresses movement”, points out Rémy Rioux, Chief Executive Officer of AFD, “The transition from one state to another, the fact that nothing is set in stone, and that we can influence development pathways.”    

Exchanges and partnerships
In this logo, two circles with two colors, with the same size and same intensity, blend together. They build together and exchange their experiences. These circles express AFD’s ambition to promote partnerships and exchanges. It is a unifying logo. While, in other times, AFD was part of a North-South relationship, this logo tells us that today, worlds overlap and become one.     

Red of CDC alliance
Some of the basic features of AFD’s visual identity are still there: blue, white and red. But the red, with its slightly orange tint, is now that of the Caisse des Dépôts, and consequently symbolizes the newly signed strategic alliance between the two major French development institutions. “We are the operator for France’s development policy”, points out Rémy Rioux. “And tomorrow, even more so than yesterday, we are going to become far more rooted in France, to promote the expertise and experience of all the development actors in our country, and permeate our territories with the innovations and expectations seen in our countries of operation.”

Three letters and a motto
The three letters, A-F-D, are clearer and sharper. They are now the name and signature of Agence Française de Développement. Finally, the logo is completed with a new motto: “A Common World”. “The addition of this short phrase is a different way of expressing our project, of building up our economic theory, and stating our ambition. It marks the road which still lies ahead and the action that needs to be taken”, adds Rémy Rioux. “‘A common world’, it is not yet ‘a communal world’, but it is beginning to look like one!”


Signing of Strategic Alliance Charter between AFD and Caisse des Dépôts marks first step towards closer ties between the two institutions


Today, the Chief Executive Officers of Caisse des Dépôts and AFD have signed a Strategic Alliance Charter in the presence of the French President.

Rémy Rioux, Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement points out: “The reason for the closer ties between AFD and Caisse des Dépôts wanted by the French President is to provide France with a coherent mechanism to finance sustainable development, both nationwide and abroad, similar to those established in other European countries, but also in a number of emerging and developing countries. These closer ties are essential to support, at international level, the major transitions we are all facing: demographic and social transition, energy and ecological transition, territorial, digital, political and citizen-based transitions”.

For Pierre-René Lemas, Chief Executive Officer of Caisse des Dépôts: “Both institutions share common challenges: the Sustainable Development Goals and COP21 Agreement. They have the shared objective of supporting and speeding up the major transitions. We aim to have greater clout together on the European and international scene for the main development challenges, transitions, mobilization of savings and long-term investment. We also want to scale up our role in the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement”. 

Several potential ways of pooling expertise between Caisse des Dépôts and AFD have been identified in this context, in particular: the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement and the convergence of the strategies of the two institutions in terms of carbon footprint, the development of the provision of services for smart cities, creating innovative urban services in France and around the world, broadband deployment and the use of digital technology to speed up the achievement of the SDGs, and economic research and innovation, with the creation of a development “Lab” at AFD, which Caisse des Dépôts will support.

This alliance will allow AFD to strengthen its territorial base thanks to Caisse des Dépôts’ relations with its partners (companies, local authorities, etc.). At the same time, AFD will contribute to the internationalization of Caisse des Dépôts and will be able to assist it in the support it provides to its partners at international level. To achieve this, AFD and Caisse des Dépôts will facilitate staff exchanges. AFD agencies will receive Caisse des Dépôts missions in foreign countries and each Caisse des Dépôts regional department will have “internationalization correspondents for territories”. These positions may be entrusted to seconded AFD staff. The objective will be to assist local authorities in their positioning for setting up, financing and implementing their actions and projects.

Finally, a joint investment vehicle, currently being studied, with a target size of EUR 500m, will be set up in the coming year. It will focus on financing infrastructure for sustainable development in developing countries, especially in Africa: renewable energies; water and sanitation; telecommunications and digital infrastructure; waste treatment; transport; territorial development; health and education.

► About Caisse des Dépôts Group
Caisse des Dépôts and its subsidiaries constitute a public group and long-term investor for the benefit of the general interest and economic development of territories. Its mandate was reaffirmed by the Economic Modernization Act of 4 August 2008. The Group is recognized for its expertise in mandate management and focuses its action on four strategic transitions for France’s long-term development: territorial, ecological and energy, digital, demographic and social transitions.


AFD marks its 75th anniversary by gathering the development community in Paris for a renewed ambition


Under the high patronage and in the presence of the French President, François Hollande, on 6 December 2016, AFD will be celebrating its 75th anniversary at the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac . It will be the high point of a week of reflection and discussions attended by a number of distinguished speakers.

In a world in common, which is interdependent and increasingly asserting itself, countries are innovating and sharing solutions to support sustainable growth paths with mutual benefits. AFD, building on its mandate, its history and its new partnership with the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC), is implementing France’s development ambitions, in a context of international action which has been radically remodeled with the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement.

To mark this event, which is gathering AFD’s main partners and personalities from all over the world, its Chief Executive Officer, Rémy Rioux, will be presenting the lines of action of AFD’s new project.

“At a time when AFD is celebrating its anniversary, the development landscape is experiencing a major upheaval. AFD wants to be the first donor to integrate this transformation, into its means, its practices, and its partnerships with all actors. From the Caisse which came about through Free France in 1941, to support for start-uppers and vulnerable countries, AFD’s mandates have undergone considerable change in three generations. And we are going to scale up once again to meet the demographic, territorial, ecological, digital and citizen-based challenges, with doubled equity, an increase in grants and closer ties with CDC. AFD wants to showcase the commitment and outstanding expertise of all its partners on 6 December at Quai Branly”, says Rémy Rioux.

Click here to consult the program for AFD’s 75th anniversary (#75ansAFD)


Program for AFD’s 75th anniversary


  • Tuesday 6 December at 16:00

Anniversary ceremony and closing by French President François Hollande.
Signing of the strategic alliance with the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations.
75 years of commitment to ODA, with a number of personalities.
by invitation only.

The Malian singer Inna Modja , patron of AFD’s 75th anniversary and actively engaged in the dialogue on cultures and women’s rights, will open the ceremony. Following the speech by the French President, Rémy Rioux will present AFD’s new strategic prospects. The strategic alliance between AFD and the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations will be signed on this occasion.

Distinguished speakers and personalities from all over the world will, beforehand, interpret the challenges of an interdependent world and share their experiences of possible solutions.  

There will be successive presentations by Michaëlle Jean, Secretary General of La Francophonie, Nicolas Hulot, but also Bill Gates, Luvuyo Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s great grandson, who is actively engaged in social entrepreneurship, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, from Chad, who is a peaceful advocate against climate change and for women’s rights, Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice President, Tony Elumelu, the banker to 1,000 African entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs such as Rania Belkahia, CEO of Afrimarket, or Wala Kasmi, Tunisian winner of the “France s’engage au Sud” award, Dr. Kamel Mohanna from the Lebanese NGO Amel, Philippe Jahshan, President of Coordination SUD, Carlos Moreno, Franco-Colombian specialist in Human Smart Cities, Eric Scotto, CEO of Akuo Energy, Didier Robert, Senator and President of the Réunion region, and many others.

For the press, on 6 December 2016, compulsory accreditation at:
A Press Point with Rémy Rioux, Chief Executive Officer of AFD, is scheduled at 19:15


Reminder of full program

30 November: Launch of the week of celebrations in the presence of Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, at Agence Française de Développement.

  • Wednesday 30 November 2016 from 9:00 to 18:30 at the Mistral Auditorium (AFD)

Historical symposium on “The Agency, its origins, its partners and its fields of operation, 75 years of commitment”

At a time when new prospects are opening up for AFD, it is inviting a number of personalities from the academic world (researchers, historians, academics) to present the results of their research, share their experience and hold discussions. This look back at AFD’s history, illustrated by archive films and photos, will be the occasion to grasp, over the long term, the components and determinants of the public policies which AFD has been contributing to for 75 years.

For the press, on 30 November 2016, compulsory accreditation at:


  • Thursday 1 and Friday 2 December 2016

International academic conference on “Commons and Development”: What are the contributions and limits of the commons for development assistance?” Parc Floral in Vincennes.

This 12th international Conference on Development will be opened by Thierry Mandon, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, and chaired by Gaël Giraud, AFD’s Chief Economist. It aims to bring together researchers and practitioners and build a dialogue on the coordination between the “Commons” and development dynamics, drawing on a wide range of analytical frameworks and disciplines. Testimonies will be made at the conference by the actors and researchers Ravi Kanbur (Cornell University), Amy Dahan (CNRS-EHESS), Eduardo S. Brondizio (Indiana University), Chimère Diaw (African Model Forest Network) and Christophe Sand (Institute of Archaeology of New Caledonia and the Pacific).

For the press, on 1 and 2 December, compulsory accreditation at:
Press Point with Gaël Giraud, Chief Economist of AFD,
Thursday 1 December at 13:00 during a buffet (Register by return e-mail)


  • Monday 5 December 2016 from 8:30 to 19:00 at Palais Brongniart

Conference on “The French overseas territories in transition: What strategies for tomorrow?”

This day, in the presence of Ericka Bareigts, Minister for Overseas France*, will review the economic, social and environmental challenges facing the French overseas territories, where AFD is very active, and at a time when they are especially confronted with the challenges of climate change, which is central to the issues of the SDGs. This conference is taking place following a series of local conferences organized in Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Réunion by AFD agencies. Speakers will include a number of key actors from the overseas territories (local authorities, ministries, socio-professionals, researchers, associations, etc.), while the 70 years of departmentalization, the research on effective equality and the forthcoming presidential elections in 2017 provide a context conducive to public debate.
*from 18:00 onwards.

For the press, on 5 December, compulsory accreditation at:


The think tank I4CE – Institute for Climate Economics welcomes a new major Moroccan sponsor: Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion du Maroc (CDG)


We are proud to announce that Caisse de Dépôt et Gestion du Maroc will be joining our founding members, Caisse des Dépôts Group , the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the ADEME , French Environment and Energy Management Agency, to support the governance and financing of I4CE – Institute for Climate Economics.

I4CE is a think tank dedicated to the economics of climate change, and benefits from a strong North-South knowledge base to facilitate the deployment of international development strategies.

I4CE is led by Benoît Leguet and chaired by Pierre Ducret, climate adviser to the Caisse des Dépôts Group.

I4CE provides its sponsors with its expertise based on the research, analysis and assessment of four key areas of climate economy: energy policy and carbon pricing; cities and infrastructure; agriculture and forestry; finance and investment. As a local organisation dealing with international issues, I4CE leverages its relationships within an international community of experts to deliver contemporary, well developed information on climate and energy policies.

I4CE is set to heighten its international status thanks to the participation of our new Moroccan sponsor. This new venture will further I4CE’s collaboration with academic and research institutions in Morocco and pave the way for the dissemination of its expertise in knowledge production, public policy, capacity building and other key climate issues, not only in Morocco but also across the African continent.

At COP 22 , Pierre-René Lemas, CEO of Caisse des Dépôts said: "I welcome this first step in the internationalization of I4CE with a strong partner input, which share with the Caisse des Dépôts values of general interest and engagement in the energy and environmental transition. The international interest raised by the think-tank is a form of recognition for the work done by the team, its Managing director Benoît Leguet and its Chair Pierre Ducret."

Abdellatif Zaghnoun, CEO of CDG: “For the CDG, which aims to play a key role in the development of Climate Finance at the national and regional levels, this partnership is timely. I am convinced that I4CE will help produce the required knowledge in the field of climate economics, will participate in strengthening the necessary capacity and will animate the policy debates both in favor of the public players and private companies.”

Rémy Rioux, Director General of the French Development Agency (AFD): "The creation of a think tank focusing on the low-carbon transition in the global North and South is an appropriate response to the ambitions of the Paris Agreement which helps sets common goals for carbon sobriety. The AFD has historically promoted this transition, not only with the partner countries but also with other development banks, notably through the IDFC Club, which includes the AFD and CDG, and through the launch and dissemination of ‘Principles for Mainstreaming Climate Action within financial institutions’ at COP21."

François Moisan, Executive Director strategy, research, international of ADEME: "The rapid implementation of energy and environmental transitions trajectories is necessary to achieve our climate targets. ADEME believes that I4CE, by bringing together public actors particularly North-South mobilized on these issues, will be a particularly relevant network to assist in the design and implementation of these trajectories. "


I4CE – Institute for climate economics - is an initiative of Caisse des Dépôts and The Agence Française de Développement. The Think Tank provides independent expertise and analysis when assessing economic issues relating to climate & energy policies in France and throughout the world. I4CE aims at helping public and private decision-makers to improve the way in which they understand, anticipate, and encourage the use of economic and financial resources aimed at promoting the transition to a low-carbon economy / @I4CE_

The Caisse de Dépot et de Gestion (CDG) Morocco is a financial institution, created as a public establishment in 1959. Its mission is to collect, preserve and manage savings resources that, by their nature or origin, require special protection. CDG is also a leading player in the Moroccan economy and provides support to government policies and development strategies.
The major activities of the CDG Group are: Savings management and Welfare; Bank Finance and Insurance; Territorial development.

The Caisse des Dépôts France and its subsidiaries constitute a public group that is a long-term investor serving the public interest and regional economic development in France. Its mission was reaffirmed by the French law on the modernisation of the economy dated 4 August 2008.
The Group is recognised for its expertise in the management of its missions, and concentrates its actions on four strategic areas of transition for the long-term development of France: regional, ecological and energy, digital, and demographic and social. / @CaissedesDepots

provides expertise and advisory services to businesses, local authorities and communities, government bodies and the public at large, to enable them to establish and consolidate their environmental action. As part of this work, the agency helps finance projects, from research to implementation, in its areas of action.

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