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Finance as a Fulcrum for change

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Development depends on various kinds of finance, from grants to investment. AFD Group has begun to develop a number of incentive loans, where pricing is indexed to the progress made by borrowers in terms of their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices. This not only allows AFD to continue to fund a large number of projects; it provides additional incentives to make sure development projects are fully sustainable.
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COP25: Reasons for Hope?

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After two weeks of negotiations, the States failed to reach a consensus that would significantly increase the measures taken before COP 26 and define new rules following the Kyoto Protocol. Nevertheless, there was some progress.
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Supporting Rural Development and Valuing Countries' Hidden Treasures

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Whether it’s olive oil from Tuscany, palm sugar from Cambodia, or berry juice from Thailand, certain goods are inherently connected to their places of origin – their “geographical indications,” as they’re officially known. Between 2014 and 2017, AFD supported a regional project for geographical indications in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Implemented by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, the project’s second phase has now been extended to include Myanmar. We explain why Geographical Indications are so important.
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