In the Indian Ocean, the island of Reunion and its 860,000 inhabitants depend heavily on imports. Since 2014 however, this overseas department has found a way to harvest solar energy on its own, by hosting a photovoltaic power plant coupled with an electricity storage system. This in turn powers a farm at the heart of the Port detention center. It’s a global innovation that serves the environmental, economic and social development of the island.
Since 2017 by Proparco, AFD’s subsidiary dedicated to the private sector, has supported the TLcom Capital investment fund which backs a dozen young African companies with high potential. They use digital technology to meet essential needs, from training in computer programming to food retail.
Agence Française de Développement and FIFA are supporting the “Championnes” (champion girls and women) program implemented by the NGO Plan International in Benin, Guinea and Togo. The initiative aims to reduce gender inequalities through women's football, starting in the protective environment of the school.
The social, economic and political situation in Lebanon has plunged many inhabitants into brutal impoverishment. In a country where mental health care is still taboo, the NGO Embrace has been providing tailored psychological support to the growing number of people suffering from mental disorders. It’s an invaluable initiative that began in 2014, and which continues to help thousands of people, encouraging them to regain hope.
With urban populations increasingly dense, and the challenges of urbanization all the more evident, AFD is implementing programs aimed at improving the quality of life of residents of working-class neighborhoods. The Proville and Urban Pépinières schemes are two emblematic examples.
With support from AFD and a Powerful Public-Private Partnership, a coalition is helping develop the country’s southeast. A state with wide social disparities, Minas Gerais is trying to reduce the divide. AFD and its partners are supporting the initiative of this territory – which is roughly the size of France – for the implementation of an ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.