Research Conversations: Interactive Webinars on Sustainable Development

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Research Conversations: an AFD Webinar on Sustainable Development
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From Sunday 01 January 2023 to Tuesday 31 December 2024
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Research Conversations AFD

On average, two Research Conversations webinars are organized each month. Below you will find a schedule of upcoming dates as well as links for signing up for each webinar on Livestorm.

  • ECOPRONAT webinar series - Session 1 : Mainstreaming the wildlife economy into agricultural policy to improve biodiversity and socio-economic outcomes - March, the 6th, 2024

    Julien CALAS, Biodiversity expert, AFD
    Matthew CHILD, Deputy Director, Biodiversity Economy Projects, South African National Biodiversity Institute
    Hayley CLEMENTS, Senior Researcher, Stellenbosch University – South Africa
    Siviwe SHWABABA, Chief Environmental Specialist, Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development – South Africa
    Fabien QUETIER, Head of Landscapes, Rewilding Europe
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  • ECOPRONAT webinar series - Session 2 : A strategic Framework for Nature-based solutions in urban areas – Lessons from Addis Ababa and Kigali - May, the 22nd, 2024

    Lisa Beyer, WRI
    Alemakef Tassew, WRI
    Tinebeb Yohannes, WRI
    Dr. Liku Workalemahu, Addis Ababa University
    Jean Pierre Mugabo, University of Rwanda
  • Information coming soon
  • ECOPRONAT webinar series - Session 3 : What are the levers for the development of nature-based urban solutions in Latin America? - June, the 19th, 2024


    Nicolas Salmon, YES Innovation
    Grace Yepez, YES Innovation
    Instituto Humboldt (speaker to be confirmed)
    Ciudad Viva (speaker to be confirmed)
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Since foresight and understanding mean acting in a more effective manner, we carry out applied research at AFD. Our goal? To provide support to developing countries in their economic, ecological and social transition.

Bringing together academics from developing and developed countries, this research is carried out by multidisciplinary teams: specialists in economics, environmental sciences, sociology, demographics, anthropology and political science.

Beyond knowledge production, it is also essential that we share it, speed up its diffusion and debate about it to bring it alive and make it useful to development stakeholders. 

It's important to provide a regular discussion platform on topics concerning research, results, and public policy perspectives. Entitled "Research Conversations," these webinars are offered on Wednesdays, in French or English, depending on the speaker.

Climate change, preserving biodiversity and forging social ties, are just of a few of the topics to be covered.

Our last Research Conversation was about:

Coastal areas of the Gulf of Guinea faced with relative sea-level rise - November the 22nd, 2023


Marie-WOILLEZ, Climate Change Research officer, AFD
Philip MINDERHOUD, Assistant professor in Land subsidence and coastal-deltaic systems, Wageningen University
Pietro TEATINI, Associate Professor in Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, University of Padua
Kwasi APPEANING ADDO, Professor in Coastal Processes, Director of the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies, College of Basic and Applied Science, University of Ghana

You can watch the replays of previous Research Conversations here:

  • Balancing Conservation and Community Welfare: Enhancing the Management of Marine Protected Areas in Indonesia - July 12th 2023
    Oskar Lecuyer, Research Officer at AFD
    Lia AMELIA, researcher, the SMERU Institute
    Muhammad SYUKRI, senior researcher, the SMERU Institute
    Julian CLIFTON, Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader, senior researcher, University of Lincoln
    Watch the replay
  • Nature-related risks in South Africa - March 14th 2023
    Antoine GODIN, Head of the GEMMES macroeconomic modeling unit, Agence Française de Développement
    Julien CALAS, Biodiversity expert, AFD
    Paul HADJI LAZARO, Ecological Macroeconomist, Sorbone Paris-Nord University
    Yuval TECHECHIK, Technical Advisor and Director, Strategic Program and Sustainable Finance, Department of Environmental Affairs
    Alex MARSH, Policy Advisor, South Africa National Biodiversity Institute
    Julie CLARKE, Environmental Analyst, Development Bank of South Africa
    Watch the replay
  • Middle Classes : A socioeconomic exploration of Ghana and Argentina - March 7th 2023
    Anda DAVID, Senior researcher, AFD
    Felipe KORREALES, Research Officer, AFD
    Danielle RESNICK, Researcher, IFRPI & Brookings Institution
    Matthieu CLEMENT, Researcher, BSE - U. Bordeaux
    Eric ROUGIER, Researcher, BSE - U. Bordeaux
    Stephen AFRANIE, Researcher, ISSER - U. Ghana
    Robert DARKO, Researcher, ISSER - U. Ghana
    Gabriel KESSLER, Research, Conicet – U. Nacional de La Plata
    Watch the replay
  • Green transition in developing countries - challenges and opportunities - April, the 5th 2023
    Gaëlle LE TREUT, Research Officer, AFD
    Camila GRAMKOW, Economic Affairs Officer, ECLAC
    Gabriel PORCILE, Economic Affairs Officer, ECLAC
    Igor PAUNOVIC, Chief of Economic and Environmental Affairs, UNCTAD
    Guilherme MAGACHO, Senior Economist, AFD
    Watch the replay
  • Colombia: Implementing structural reforms to address the great challenge of inequality - March, the 15th 2023
    Felipe KORREALES, Research Officer, AFD
    Jairo NÚÑEZ, Researcher, Fedesarrollo
    Lamine SOW, Director for Colombia, AFD
    Daniel OSORIO, General Directorate of Macroeconomic Policy, Ministry of Finance
    Laura CASTILLO - UNDP economist 
    Watch the replay
  • Raising the Bar of Sustainable Finance: Cooperation Between Multi and National Banks - March, the 8th 2023
    Régis MARODON, Special Advisor Sustainable Finance, AFD
    Thomas MAROIS, Department of Development Studies, SOAS University of London
    Elif TIMUR, Head of the Office of Evaluation, CEB
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  • Climate change and environmental pressures in vietnam - December, 14th, 2022
    Marie-Noëlle WOILLEZ, Climate Change Research officer, AFD
    Thanh NGO-DUC, Associate Professor, University of Science and Technology of Hanoi
    Guilherme MAGACHO, Senior Economist, AFD
    Nicolas GRATIOT, Research Director IRD, Deputy Director IGE
    Clara JULLIEN, PhD student in urban studies and geography, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
    Thi Thu Ha NGUYEN, Macroeconomic modeler - PhD student in Economics LASTA, University of Rouen Normandy
    Quang Chi TRUONG, Researcher, Can Tho University
    Marc GOICHOT, Lead Freshwater WWF Asia Pacific
    Quang KHAI HA, Lecturer, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology
    Thuy LE TOAN, Leader of the Biomass group at CESBIO
    Hoang VO, Post-doctoral researcher at Wageningen University
    Hervé CONAN, country director, AFD Vietnam
    Sepehr ESLAMI, chercheur senior, DELTARES
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  • Inequalities and environmental changes in the Mekong region - July, 6th, 2022
    Hélène DJOUFELKIT, Director of the Economic Diagnostics and Public Policy Department
    Alexis DROGOUL, Director of Research in Computer Science, IRD
    Etienne ESPAGNE, Senior Economist, AFD
    Linh HUYNH THI PHUONG, Social Scientist, IRD
    Stéphane LAGRÉE, Social Scientist, IRD
    Jean-Pierre MARCELLI, Director of Operations, AFD
    Watch the replay
  • Can we talk of a Just Transition in South Africa ? - May 18th, 2022
    Wendy ANNECKE, Independent researcher in social sciences
    Anda DAVID, Senior researcher, AFD
    Antoine GODIN, Senior researcher, AFD
    Nthabi MOHLAKOANA, Researcher, Centre for Sustainability Transitions (CST), Stellenbosch University
    Britta RENNKAMP, Researcher, African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) University of Cape Town
    Peta WOLPE, Climate change practitioner
    Watch the replay
  • Strong environmental sustainability and international commitments: setting the right targets to preserve ecosystems - April 27th, 2022
    Pr Paul Ekins, OBE, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London
    Eric Tromeur, Deputy Head of the Biodiversity and Resources Office, CGDD, Ministry of Ecological Transition
    Oskar Lecuyer, Research Officer at AFD
    Watch the replay
  • Digital labour platforms: What challenges and opportunities for Argentina? - March 15th, 2022
    Cecilia POGGI, Economist, Social Protection Research Officer, AFD
    Francisca PEREYRA, Sociologist, Adjoint Professor, Universidad Nacional general Sarmiento (UNGS)
    Sonia FILIPETTO, Economist, Researcher, UNGS
    Lorena POBLETE, Sociologist, Full Professor, CONICET-IDAES/Universidad Nacional de San Martín
    Ariela MICHA, Economist, Researcher, CONICET-UNGS
    Martín TROMBETTA, Economist, CONICET-UNGS
    Uma RANI, Senior Economist, Research Department, International Labour Organization (ILO)
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  • Energy Transition Metals’ extraction and Sustainable development goals (SDG) - December 8th, 2021
    Etienne ESPAGNE, Senior Economist, AFD
    Hugo LAPEYRONIE,Research officer and PhD student in economics, AFD
    Rémi BAZILLIER, University Professor - Deputy Director of the Sorbonne School of Economics, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
    Watch the replay
  • Low-carbon transition: What macroeconomic vulnerabilities for developing countries? - November 24th, 2021
    Antoine GODIN,Head of the GEMMES macroeconomic modeling unit, Agence Française de Développement
    Guilherme MAGACHO,Economist, Agence Française de Développement
    Sebastian VALDECANTOS,Aalborg University as Assistant Professor
    Mariana DEHEZA,Climate Finance Expert, Agence Française de Développement
    Cécile VALADIER,Deputy director, Economic Diagnostic and Public Policy Department, AFD
  • Linking social protection and the environment: Perspectives in Southeast Asia - November 16th, 2021
    Etienne Espagne, Senior Economist, AFD
    Anda David, Senior Economist, AFD
    Pascale Turquet, Assistant professor in economics, LiRIS, Université Rennes 2
    Phuong Linh Thi Huynh, Doctor of Philosophy, Institute of Research for Development - IRD, Office in Hanoi
    Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Director, Research Strategy and Innovations ERIA
    Garima Bhalla, Economist and social protection specialist at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
    Federico Spano, Social Protection and Resilience Officer, FAO
    Cecilia Costella, Independent Consultant, University of Twente, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
    Anna McCord, Independent Consultant
    Marie-Christina Dankmeyer, Social Protection and Climate Change Specialist, Social Protection Department (SOCPRO), ILO
    Nuno Meira Simoes Da Cunha, Senior Technical Specialist on Social Protection (Decent Work Technical Support Team for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific), ILO
    Language: English
    Watch the replay
  • Socio-economic impacts of climate change in Vietnam - November 10th, 2021
    Etienne Espagne, Senior Economist, AFD
    Marie-Noëlle Woillez, Climate scientist, AFD
    Manh-Hung Nguyen, Economist, INRAE/TSE
    Thi Thu Ha Nguyen, Economist, IRD/Université de Rouen
    Ngo-Duc Thanh, Climate scientist, USTH/IPCC
    Emmanuel Pannier, Anthropolog, USSH/IRD
    Language: English
    Watch the replay
  • Structural change and green growth in Colombia - October 6th, 2021
    Gustavo Hernandez, Senior Researcher, Departamento Nacional de Planeacion
    Santiago Barbosa Naranjo, Researcher and advisor, Departamento Nacional de Planeacion
    Language: English
    Watch the replay
  • A “Silent Spring” for the Financial System? Exploring Biodiversity-Related Financial Risks - September 15th, 2021
    Julien Calas, biodiversity expert, AFD
    Antoine Godin, Economist, AFD
    Etienne Espagne, Economist, AFD
    Julien Gauthey, Environmental economist, Office français de la biodiversité
    Romain Svartzman, Economist, Banque de France
    Mathilde Salin, Economist, ENS
    Paul Hadji-Lazaro, Economist, Paris 13 – CEPN
    Katie Leach, ShareAction
    Nepomuk Dunz, World Bank
    Gilles Kleitz, AFD
    Language : French
    Watch the replay
  • Just transition in South-East Asia - June 23rd, 2021
    Alexandre BERTHE, Rennes University
    Pascale TURQUET, Rennes University
    Huynh Thi PHUONG LINH, IRD
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  • Debt sustainability in Africa - June 9th, 2021, 2pm CET
    Hélène Djoufelkit, Director of the Economic Assessment and Public Policy Department, AFD
    Benoît Jonveaux, Country risk economist, AFD
    Marin Ferry, Lecturer at Gustave Eiffel University and Associate Researcher at UMR LEDa (Université Paris-Dauphine, IRD, CNRS, DIAL)
    Anne-Laure Kiechel, Founder of Global Sovereign Advisory 
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  • Gender - Women’s paths to success - May 19th, 2021
    Prof. Jean François Kobiane, Professor of demographics at the Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Population (ISSP), Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
    Dr. Bilampoa Gnoumou, Lecturer in Demographics, ISSP/Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
    Watch the replay
  • Macroeconomic impact of typhoons on Vietnam through satellite imagery - May 5th, 2021
    Boi-Yen Ha, Research Assistant, Paris School of Economics
    Kenneth Houngbedji, Researcher, IRD
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  • Taking joint action on water territories - March 10th, 2021
    Juan Edson Quispe Cabrera, Urban planner, Universidad Privada Boliviana
    Jeanne Perrier, Doctor in Political Science, independent consultant, Université Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3
    Watch the replay
  • Inequalities and Environmental changes in the Mekong region: A review - February 24th, 2021
    Phuong Linh Huynh Thi, Socioanthropologist, IRD
    Watch the replay
  • Youth & sports in the Maghreb and the Middle East - January 20th, 2021
    Roman Stadnicki, Lecturer at the Université de Tours, UMR CITERES
    Myriam Catusse, Research fellow, CNRS, IREMAM Research Center
    Raphaël Le Magoariec, PhD researcher, Université de Tours, UMR CITERES
    Watch the replay
  • How to finance life on Earth: a high-level discussion with experts in biodiversity finance - January 13th, 2021
    Bérangère Abba, Secretary of State under the Minister of Ecological Transition, in charge of biodiversity
    John Tobin, Professor, Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability and lead editor of the LBIN
    Andrew Mitchell, Founder and principal advisor of Natural Capital Finance Alliance & Global Canopy, and editor of the “Little Book” series
    Daniela Torres, Lead Expert at PNUD-BIOFIN for Mexico
    Marisa Drew, Head of Sustainable Development and Worldwide Manager for Sustainability Strategy, Consulting and Finance in Sustainable Development, Crédit Suisse
    Fiona Stewart, Lead Specialist in Insurance and Pensions, World Bank group
    Gilles Kleitz, Director of the Natural Ecological Transition and Natural Resource Management Department, AFD
    Watch the replay
  • Impacts of the 2002 crisis on inequality in Côte d'Ivoire - January 6th, 2021
    François Bédia a.k.a., Professor, University of Bouaké
    Linda Zanfini, Research fellow, AFD
    Watch the replay
  • Multidimensional Inequality in Vietnam - December 15th, 2020
    Vu Thi Quynh Hoa, Head of the campaign and advocacy at Oxfam Vietnam
    Doctor Phung Duc Tung, Director of the Mekong Development Research Institute
    Watch the replay
  • 5 years after COP 21, a research perspective - December 9th, 2020
    Hélène Djoufelkit, AFD
    Etienne Espagne, AFD
    Eloi Laurent, Sciences-Po, France
    Rogerio Studart, World Resources Institute, USA
    Adam Tooze, Columbia University, USA
    Harald Winkler, Cape Town University, South Africa
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There is also a dedicated playlist of Research Conversations webinars on AFD’s YouTube channel.

when ?
From Sunday 01 January 2023 to Tuesday 31 December 2024
where ?

Location of the event

5 rue Roland Barthes

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