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Improving Access to Water and Sanitation for millions in Ethiopia

World Toilet Day on November 19 highlights the dangers of lacking sanitary facilities, and the search for sustainable solutions. With an estimated 419 million people practising "open defecation" worldwide, the need for access to clean, safe toilets for all is more urgent than ever. Which is why AFD is funding a number of initiatives, including two flagship projects in Ethiopia. One will provide 2.6 million people with improved, gender-sensitive sanitation facilities and the second will improve access to water for 1 million people in 45 towns.
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On the Ground

Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Tea: Combating Counterfeits and Protecting a Prized Industry

Thé Sri Lanka Clear Media
Next to water, tea is the most widely consumed drink on the planet. And although Sri Lanka is one of the world’s top producers of the beverage, counterfeit products threaten the country’s own Ceylon tea industry. In a project backed by AFD and the Sri Lanka Tea Board, tea producers are working to obtain a special certification to protect an industry employing more than 2.5 million people. On World Tea Day, we look at how a Geographical Indication could turn things around.
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The Results are in: AFD Boosted Climate Action and Maintained its Sustainable Financing in 2023

Résultats 2023
Despite rising geopolitical tensions in 2023, AFD Group financed several hundred new projects worth more than €11 billion. What’s more, the Group’s financial commitment to finance climate action rose by 25%, and hit its biodiversity target two years ahead of schedule. With last year's results released this week, we take a look at the highlights.
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AFD and the World Bank, Partners for Greater Impact

La Banque Mondiale à Washington
AFD Group is the leading bilateral financing partner of the World Bank Group (WBG) in terms of the number of projects backed together. With $30 billion invested in co-financing and parallel financing, the two public banks are helping to scale up the most promising programs worldwide.
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Restoring Ancient Artefacts, Protecting Pakistan’s Heritage and Boosting the Economy

Fort Lahore, Pakistan
A centuries-old fort and home to some of Pakistan’s most storied heritage has fallen victim to unchecked urban growth and years of decay. But it’s getting a new lease of life. AFD is backing fresh efforts to restore the World Heritage Site and major attraction, which will be a boon for tourism and the country’s economy as a whole. On World Heritage Day, we take a closer look.
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