NGO: AFD is Supporting 21 New Projects

published on 09 July 2019
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education, Senegal, NGOs: AFD supports 21 new projects
On July 9, 2019, AFD approved support for 21 new French civil society projects for a total of €18 million. Ten of these projects concern children and young people: improving education, child protection and the fight against exclusion. The other featured projects concern agriculture, food safety, the fight against climate disruption and the upholding of human rights.

Projects in the field

  • Le Partenariat – Access to water in schools program, Senegal, Morocco and Guinea

The second phase of the project to improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation in schools, this project aims to increase school attendance and achievement rates, and the health of pupils and communities.
After improving the conditions of access to water, sanitation, hygiene and environmental practices in targeted schools and communities, this new phase of the project aims to ensure the sustainability of the program's achievements by local partners and to allow ownership by national and regional partners, with a view to its replication in new territories. 

  • Handicap International – Ubuntu Care project to combat sexual violence against children, particularly children with disabilities, Rwanda and Kenya

Sexual violence remains a taboo subject in Rwandan and Kenyan society. Since 2013, the Ubuntu Care project has aimed to prevent and address the root causes of sexual violence against children with and without disabilities and to mitigate its consequences in Kenya and Rwanda. 

The main objective of this third phase is to consolidate the results and initiatives implemented during the first two phases with Handicap International institutionalizing this approach with the local authorities of Rwanda and Kenya in order to ensure its sustainability.

  • Play International – Sports without borders: international support project for active education for all children in Burundi, Senegal, Liberia and Kosovo

Based on an initial experience in Burundi, financed by AFD, the project aims to develop, in four countries (Burundi, Kosovo, Liberia and Senegal), an innovative educational proposal involving socio-sport activities for children (aged 8 to 15) to promote their schooling and develop the inclusion of the most vulnerable.

  • GREF – Enhancing field initiatives and national policies in the area of quality inclusive education to better address early childhood education and vulnerabilities, Benin, Morocco and Senegal

The result of a long history of partnership between GREF and Morocco, Senegal and Guinea, this project aims to promote the development of education quality in these countries.

The project aims to support initiatives in the field of early childhood (3-8 years old) and vulnerable children to develop inclusive and quality education. The overall objective is to improve the capacities of trainers, facilitators, managers, members of civil society organizations and local governments for early care of and inclusive schooling for vulnerable young children and people and those with special needs.

  • Fédération Léo Lagrange – Education development program in Iraqi Kurdistan

In an Iraq where relations between the different communities have been damaged by years of conflict, the ambition of the Leo Lagrange Federation is to enable children and young people to flourish, individually and collectively, to inspire them to participate and engage in collective actions, through non-formal education activities (also called popular education).

To achieve this, the project will deploy a professional training system for leaders and directors of youth structures, as well as training for trainers. The center of gravity of the project will be the non-formal education training center, which will be set up as a place for the design and practice of specific training courses, networking of professionals and volunteers, and documentation.


  • Samusocial International – Fighting social exclusion in an enhanced international network momentum, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Congo and associated countries

The accelerated urbanization of large cities in West Africa is accompanied by an increasing number of children and young people living on the streets. Since 2013, AFD has been supporting Samusocial International and the national samusocial initiatives for the integrated multidisciplinary care of these children and young people by samusocial teams and by forging partnerships.

The program convention should enable them to continue this support and develop the network dynamic by increasing the capacities of the professionals working in the fight against exclusion in these countries and in the associated countries (Lebanon, Russia, Tunisia, Egypt, Peru, Romania). The aim is to consolidate the Samusocial International network so that the dynamics combine more samusocial initiatives, better meet their needs and promote a wider exchange of practices and knowledge production.


  • Fondation Agir contre l’exclusion – Preventing the radicalization of young Tunisians

The radicalization of young people has become a worrying issue for Tunisia. The project aims to prevent this radicalization by strengthening the capacities of young people and youth workers to understand and respond to the phenomenon. Its approach is preventive and based on field research in order to adapt as best as possible to the specificities of the territories and populations targeted. 

The beneficiaries of the project will be of three types: young people “of all origins”, who will be reached through activities in high schools, vocational training centers and youth and cultural centers; young people in vulnerable situations, just out of prison and rehabilitation centers, young people without family support or without a job; and people working in the youth sector. 

The project will be evaluated after the three years of deployment, thereby enabling its replication opportunities in other territories to be assessed.


  • Inter Aide – Enhancing education stakeholders in isolated rural areas for a lasting improvement in schooling in Haiti

The project will contribute to improving the quality of primary education in more than one hundred schools across five communal sections in Haiti. The intervention logic consists in mobilizing the stakeholders concerned, training them and supporting them around the school project. This mobilization is accompanied by an improvement in schooling conditions (teaching materials, school furniture, construction of buildings and sanitary blocks, etc.).

The project is deployed in particularly isolated and difficult to access areas and includes three main types of activities: 

- mobilization of parents, school principals and educational authorities;

- training of 9,400 parents in educational quality issues, pedagogical and didactic training for teachers (550 teachers and 108 school principals), training in the management of school principals and educational committees;

- improvement in learning conditions.

  • UNMFREO: National Union of Rural Family Homes for Education and Guidance – Providing solidarity for the success of young people and for rural areas in nine African countries 

The population living in rural areas accounts for over 65% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa. The massive arrival of young rural people on the labor market is a major problem, and the deterioration of the security situation amplifies this need for training and professional integration. 

By setting up work-linked training close to the needs, aspirations and capacities of the young people trained, with the active participation of families, the Rural Family Homes (MFR) model is helping address this fundamental issue. The aim is to perpetuate the Rural Family Homes (MFR) movements and promote their recognition and integration in countries where progress in terms of agricultural and rural training is disparate. The project aims to integrate MFR movements in the training and professional integration policies of the Governments and to support the empowerment of national unions.

Countries concerned by the project: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Chad and Togo

  • Solidarité laïque (CNSL) – “Be active”: program to reduce inequality of access to rights in Tunisia 

The ambition of this second phase of the program is to pursue the overall objective of strengthening the capacities of Tunisian civil society, in all its diversity, so that it can contribute more effectively to public policies aimed at reducing inequality in Tunisia.

Since 2015, the members of the program have jointly decided to work more specifically on the sectors of education and socio-professional integration by strengthening the individual and collective capacities of Tunisian associations and by seeking to facilitate dialog between civil society and public, national and local authorities. The program also aims to promote, in a transversal way, the rights-based approach, gender equality, participatory democracy and citizenship. 

  • WECF France – Rural and argan tree harvesting women engaged in inclusive economic development and climate in Morocco

Morocco is one of the African countries that will be most affected by climate change. At the same time, it is a country where inequalities between women and men are significant. In this context, the project aims to support the inclusive and sustainable development of territories in four regions particularly affected by climate change: Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, Souss-Massa, Guelmim and Marrakech-Safi. 

It will strengthen women's capacities to respond to the social, economic and environmental impacts of climate change, in particular the recognition of traditional skills (argan oil production) and the production and use of renewable energy solutions.

Thirty women's cooperatives (600 women beneficiaries, mainly in argan cooperatives) will benefit from technical training and training covering local policies and women's public participation. 

The project aims to improve the nutritional situation of isolated and ethnic minority communities in three districts of Phongsaly province, the Laos province most affected by chronic malnutrition. It will focus on adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and children under five. It will help mountain-dwelling populations in North Laos to implement appropriate and sustainable solutions to meet the many challenges they face in ensuring their nutritional security.

This project is part of a Lao government and European Union program to reduce malnutrition in the country.

  • Secours catholique – Supporting food security and resilience to climate change in Mauritania

For this second phase of the food security support project, Caritas Mauritania is assisting some 50 agricultural producers’ organizations, including five cereal banks. With these Mauritanian civil society stakeholders, the project has also initiated an agro-ecological transition that it wishes to consolidate. The new project focuses on agro-ecological practices and seeks to promote territorial dialog on the preservation of natural resources. 

This project supports the action of the State's technical services, local authorities (community, municipal, departmental inspection, etc.), some ten environmental protection civil society organizations, 79 agricultural producers' organizations and five forest monitoring and exploitation committees, made up of young people, relaying the local authorities in their territory monitoring role.

  • WWF – Female “solar engineers” providing electricity to very isolated villages in Madagascar

While only 4.7% of the population has access to electricity in rural Madagascar, solar photovoltaic energy seems especially suitable for the island, which enjoys an excellent rate of sunshine.

WWF France is working with WWF Madagascar and BCMada to provide sustainable access to modern lighting and electricity in remote villages by training women to become "solar engineers". Up to now this training was carried out at Barefoot College in India. The project aims to build, equip and set up the operating conditions of a Barefoot College training center, where nearly fifty female "solar engineers" will be trained. Community dynamics will be supported through the establishment and support of village solar committees that will be responsible for managing the electricity service through the payment of contributions by beneficiary households.

  • AGRISUD International – Agro-ecological intensification and diversification of peri-urban family farming, Cambodia

Intensify, diversify and market fresh produce from the agro-ecological practices of local family farms to improve the supply of quality products to local markets and contribute to food and nutritional self-sufficiency, this is the objective of the AGRISUD project. After a pilot and deployment phase (2016-2019), the project is focusing on the extension and intensification of family and peri-urban agro-ecology in Siem Reap province. 
The main aspects of this second phase include:

- geographical extension to a new district and intervention in a protected park;

- intervention on new lands and products, including "village fields" and supporting "special crops" to promote diversification;

- increase support for capacity building of farmers' organizations, but more especially for public stakeholders. 

  • Forum réfugiés-Cosi – Protecting and defending access to rights for refugees and vulnerable persons, Lebanon

There are nearly two million refugees and 300,000 foreign workers living in precarious conditions in Lebanon. As a result of developments in Lebanese legislation, more and more of them find themselves in an irregular situation and are likely to be placed in administrative detention for a random period of time, without judicial supervision, and without always having access to a lawyer. In detention, they are often subjected to ill-treatment or even torture.

The objective of the project, designed in partnership with the Lebanese Human Rights Committee (CLDH), is to contribute to the strengthening of the rule of law in Lebanon by enabling vulnerable persons (refugees and migrants) to assert their rights. It covers three specific objectives: access to their rights for vulnerable persons, prevention of the risks of arbitrary detention and torture, and psychological and social care for victims of torture.

  • Association francophone des commissions nationales des droits de l'homme (AFCNDH) – Strengthen civil society organizations working in the field of human rights, members and partners of National Human Rights Institutions in 13 African countries 

The project will focus on three levers for the promotion and protection of human rights in 13 African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and CAR): their institutional recognition through the refounding of national human rights institutions (in 7 countries), their operationalization through the control of applicable legal frameworks (in all 13 countries) and evaluation mechanisms by the civil society organizations (in 6  countries), and their effectiveness at the local level and with young people (in 5 countries). 

  • CCFD – Enhance the mobilization and involvement of civil societies in the monitoring of debt relief and development contracts, France, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea and Democratic Republic of Congo 

From the late 1990s, and especially in the 2000s, France became involved in the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPC) and launched a debt restructuring process that led to Debt Reduction-Development Contracts. From its creation, this tool provides for the involvement of civil societies in its monitoring.

This project is a second phase and aims to strengthen the role of French civil society and civil societies in Cameroon, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea and Democratic Republic of Congo on debt and development financing issues. It focuses on strengthening civil society stakeholders involved in the implementation of independent monitoring of Debt Reduction-Development Contracts and improving their analytical capacities to initiate advocacy on Debt Reduction-Development Contracts and debt policies.

Projects of general interest


  • Solidarité laïque (CNSL) – Young people from both sides, engaged in a citizenship open to the world

Young people from both sides (J2R) aims to: 

- raise awareness and mobilize young people living in disadvantaged areas or neighborhoods in France, Morocco and Tunisia around the challenges of international solidarity, help them to design and initiate micro-projects together (workshops, exchanges, reports, etc.);

- train the educators who supervise them;

- produce educational tools and knowledge.

The second phase of the program, this project continues and deepens the J2R (Young people from both sides) approach, and broadens its target and ambition: four new French regions (Nouvelle Aquitaine, Île-de-France, Hauts-de-France, Grand Est), in addition to the two regions involved in phase 1 (PACA and Occitanie), enlargement of the affected communities in Morocco and Tunisia and extension to Algeria.


  • Réseau Action climat – France – Strengthen the structuring of French climate NGOs to speed up the implementation of the Paris Agreement

The NGO Cap 1.5°C project aims to strengthen the structure and capacities of French civil society on climate change in order to speed up the implementation of the Paris Agreement and contribute to the alignment of the European and international climate ambition with the objective of 1.5°C.
The proposed actions are centered on three key elements: 

- coordination of French civil society organizations to initiate joint advocacy and communication actions as part of the monitoring of French climate diplomacy and climate and energy issues at the European level; 

- increasing collaboration with European and international civil society organization partners on European and international climate policies;

- strengthening the capacities of French civil society organizations to assess and monitor the implementation of international commitments and multi-stakeholder initiatives and develop expertise on emerging issues.

  • Commerce équitable France (CEF) – Fair Future: Fair Trade education for the under 30s

Commerce équitable France is the French platform for fair trade. Fair Future is a fair trade education project for young people under 30 years of age, set up by CEF in consortium with nine French organizations. Based on pilot operations carried out by some of the partners, it aims to structure and deploy a concerted fair trade education strategy, to strengthen stakeholders for the implementation of activities and evaluation of the impacts of these actions. It has three priorities:

- structuring Fair Trade Education (FTE) for people under 30 years of age; 

- development of collective FTE schemes, for formal and non-formal education; 

- distribution of FTE to key stakeholders in youth education and mobilization.