Thematic

  • -Tout-
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Education for Citizenship and International Solidarity
  • Financial Systems
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Education and Training
  • Gender Equality
  • Energy
  • Employment
  • Decent Work
  • Governance
  • Cultural and Creative Industries
  • Infrastructure
  • Fighting Inequalities
  • Mobility and transport
  • Digital and Innovation
  • Health and Social Protection
  • Social and Inclusive Business
  • Sports and Development
  • Sustainable Cities
In brief

New Podcast on Poaching in Mozambique - and the Counter-Offensive

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Over a period of just ten years, Mozambique has lost more than half of its elephants to poaching. Then the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) launched a series of counter-offensives aimed at protecting biodiversity, with support from AFD and Peace Park Foundation. It's the theme of a brand new podcast.
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In brief

Business Boot Camp to Maximize Ethical Entrepreneurship in Africa

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Le Social & inclusive business camp 2022 se tiendra à Marseille
For the next four weeks, until June 26, some 40 entrepreneurs in Africa will be chosen to take part in a business camp that will help launch their company, build their capacities and provide an opportunity for networking. It’s part of the Social & Inclusive Business Camp (SIBC) with AFD Campus.
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Impacts

Investing in Schools in Gabon

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AFD Group and Gabon are working together to implement the Education Sector Investment Project, a €154 million loan to build between 500 and 600 new classrooms in Libreville and Port-Gentil. This ambitious project will begin to make up the national shortfall of 5,000 classrooms and reduce the average number of children per class to 50.
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3 Questions for…

Bioeconomy: Protecting Biodiversity for an “Economy for Life”

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Increasingly, governments, the private sector, civil society and international cooperation are investing in the bioeconomy – a range of economic activities that tap into our biodiversity. It’s an alternative and more sustainable route to development, more in tune with the fight against deforestation, desertification and ecosystem degradation. During this week’s COP15 conference on desertification, which concludes on May 20 in Abidjan, AFD Group celebrates the first anniversary of its bioeconomy technical assistance project on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. The project in Ecuador has just received an additional €1 million. We interview the Technical Assistance Coordinator there, Pablo Larco.
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In brief

Agriculture, Rural Development and Biodiversity: AFD Group in Action

Agriculture, développement rural et biodiversité
The preservation of biodiversity is at the heart of the debates of the COP15 against desertification which is currently being held in Abidjan, until May 20. This year, it tackles questions revolving around the role of agriculture. As part of France's international strategy, AFD Group is responding to funding requests from its public and private partners to meet the challenges related to food security and the maintenance of ecosystems, while taking into account climate change and population growth.
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Unesco Education Conference: Making the Environment and Climate Change an Integral Part of Learning

Rémy Rioux
UNESCO is holding the World Higher Education Conference in Barcelona May 18-20, as part of an effort to "reshape ideas and practices" in higher education "to ensure sustainable development for the planet and humanity." AFD Group's CEO Rémy Rioux sees it as a chance to reiterate the call for climate change and the environment to be fully integrated into education.
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In brief

Backing LGBTQ Rights in Albania

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On World Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17, we focus on Xheni Karaj, who has defied death threats to campaign for the the rights of LGBTQ+ people in Albania. This year, the organization "Civil Rights Defenders" is honoring her – along with Frank Mugisha in Uganda – for her commitment to gender equality.
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Interview

Tunisia: Prioritizing Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture

Almond orchard in Tunisia
Tunisia is preparing a project for the Green Climate Fund, which will promote climate-resilient agriculture and increase smallholder farmers’ incomes. With COP15 against desertification in full swing in Abidjan from 9 to 20 May, Tunisia’s Director General of Agricultural Land Development tells us about a project supported by AFD Group and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.
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Impacts

Radio Ndarason in the Sahel: Urgent Issues, Practical News and Dialogue

Radio Ndarason International pacifie les rapports entre éleveurs et cultivateurs.
With worsening food shortages, continuing conflict and the displacement of millions, the Sahel is mired in multiple crises. The relaying of reliable information has never been more important. With support from AFD, Radio Ndarason Internationale in the Lake Chad region produces programs providing timely, practical information for close to 8 million listeners in Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and Chad.
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3 Questions for…

AFD Hackathon: Using Artificial Intelligence to Assess Progress towards Sustainable Development Goals

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AFD Group has created its own artificial intelligence system that could revolutionize the monitoring of Public Development Banks’ contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals. Now, AFD is organizing a collaborative challenge – a “hackathon” – to identify new ways of using AI to support the SDGs. AFD economist Jean-Baptiste Jacouton, and his colleague Adeline Laulanié, data officer, explain how.
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On the Ground

Vietnam: A New kind of Workshop to Contribute to Climate Resilient Architecture

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A workshop on climate change resilient architecture and landscape was held in Son La and Hanoi, Vietnam, from April 1 to 18. It involved 50 students from Hanoi Architecture University’s French-speaking departments in the framework of a new partnership between AFD and the university. The outcomes were presented on April 18 at the French Institute in Hanoi.
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Cultural Spaces and the Evolving Cooperation between Africa and France

La friche la Belle de mai à Marseille
Organized by the urban cultural hub "La Friche la Belle de Mai" and AFD Campus, the international symposium on “Cultural Third Spaces, Towards New Means of Cooperation between Africa and France” will be held in Marseille on 17 May 2022. The objective is to pool ideas and analyze the latest thinking on how to make the most of cultural third spaces in Africa and France. This interview with Charles Houdart, AFD's Cultural and Creative Industries Project Manager, sheds light on the building of a program that AFD Group will lead over the next four to five years.
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Decoding

[Special Series] Europe: a Key AFD Partner

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Drapeau Europe Union européenne France français européen
Driven by common convictions, the European Union and AFD Group have been working together since 2008 to maximize the impact of their financing and the effectiveness of development aid. It's a central partnership for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. On Europe Day on May 9, we look back at a selection of projects, interviews and infographics illustrative of this dynamic and fruitful collaboration.
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Decoding

COP15 to Combat Desertification and Restore Land for Food Security

Mère avec son fils en train de ramasser du bois pour la préparation du repas, sur le chemin du retour vers Gouré, Niger
“Land, life and legacy: from scarcity to prosperity”: this is the call to action for next week’s international conference to combat desertification. Held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire from May 9 to 20, much of the focus of COP15 will be on Africa. AFD Group will attend, reiterating its commitment to promoting food security, and presenting ideas for the restoration of degraded land.
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Decoding

Ukrainian War Worsens African Food Crisis

marché à Ménaka, ville située au Nord du Mali
Numerous African communities dependent on agricultural imports are vulnerable to the consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Both countries are major exporters of grains and important foodstuffs worldwide, especially to much of Africa. Price rises are exacerbating food insecurity in countries already struggling with climate change and Covid-19. But AFD is stepping in, with flexible financing and regional solidarity.
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Decoding

Climate Change: 5 Actions to Turn the Tide in the next 3 Years

Climate IPCC REPORT
On the heels of Earth Day, one scientific observation gives new hope: according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, it is still possible to limit global warming to 1.5 °C – provided we reduce global greenhouse gas emissions no later than three years from now. A challenge that calls for a host of actions on all fronts: here are five of them.
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Shared Innovation

Winners of AFD’s Digital Challenge: 2021 Edition

Collage Digital Challenge
Since 2016, AFD Digital Challenge has rewarded the most innovative African start-ups and research teams working with digital technology and the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa. After five years of existence, 35 African start-ups have benefited from financial support and coaching to help them scale up.
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In brief

Tackling Climate-Related Financial Risk Across the Caribbean

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climate context in Caribbean
Officials across the Caribbean are studying matters of financial risk resulting from climate change, as part of an effort to mitigate the far-reaching impacts climatic events likely to affect the entire region. Representatives of central banks and development banks followed a series of online training workshops on “integrating climate-related financial risks” offered by AFD, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, as part of the AdaptAction Facility. Having taken the courses in February, they’re now putting the lessons into action at a time when the stakes are high – and rising.
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