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Improving Access to Water and Sanitation for millions in Ethiopia

Ethiopia
World Toilet Day on November 19 highlights the dangers of lacking sanitary facilities, and the search for sustainable solutions. With an estimated 419 million people practising "open defecation" worldwide, the need for access to clean, safe toilets for all is more urgent than ever. Which is why AFD is funding a number of initiatives, including two flagship projects in Ethiopia. One will provide 2.6 million people with improved, gender-sensitive sanitation facilities and the second will improve access to water for 1 million people in 45 towns.
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Civil Society Organizations and AFD: an Evolving Partnership

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Young people in conflict with the law of the minor district of the Central House of Antanimora
At a geopolitically and environmentally unstable time with the eruption of countless crises, cooperation between AFD and civil society organizations (CSOs) is more important than ever. CSOs have become fully-fledged partners, and AFD is now revamping its partnering processes as part of its effort to refine its practices and policies linked to fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals.
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More Rwandan Public Services are going Digital with the support of AFD

Numérique Rwanda
Paper records and old computer networks in the health, education and environment sectors often make even the most basic transactions difficult and can prevent systems from operating efficiently. Digitizing records can allow access to important information at opposite ends of the country and facilitate access to crucial services. Rwanda's Minister of Finance and AFD's Director in Rwanda signed a 37-million-euro loan and a 1.2 million euro grant for a project that aims to improve Rwanda's public services through digitization, innovation and support.
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AFD Digital Energy Challenge: Boosting Energy Access across Africa through Innovation

Lauréats Digital challenge
The Digital Energy Challenge has awarded 10 start-ups and utility companies for coming up with some of the most innovative approaches to providing electricity in Africa. From “mini-grids” connecting off-grid rural and island communities in Kenya, to consumer apps that track electricity consumption in real time in Niger, the awards highlighted for the second year cutting-edge technological advances emerging across the continent.
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The DIRECCT program: Digitizing Health, Education and Business to Provide a Shield from Shocks

Programme Direcct
The DIRECCT program works in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries to support connectivity and digitization in the healthcare, education and small-business sectors. It helps these sectors better cope with current and future shocks, such as pandemics or economic crises. Experts discussed how to advance the technology further at a recent seminar in Paris, which saw the launch of several new joint projects.
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