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Improving Access to Water and Sanitation for millions in 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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AFD Flagship Facility helps More Countries Cope with Climate Change

Colombie forêt fleuve climat biodiversité eau
AFD’s facility that supports countries around the world deal with the fallout from climate change is getting a boost. Additional funding will help provide support to eight more countries, from the Dominican Republic in Latin America, to Gabon in West Africa, to the Philippines. The 2050 Trajectory Facility will help some countries reduce emissions and make the transitions necessary to become more resilient to climate change.
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Finance in Common Summit 2023: the Progress Made - and the Road Ahead

Colombie Medellin
In the race against time to meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, attention is turning to the more than 500 public development banks worldwide. Their involvement is becoming increasingly urgent, and they will be meeting at the fourth annual Finance in Common Summit (FiCS) in Cartagena, Colombia on September 4-6. We discuss their role and related issues in this interview Adama Mariko, FiCS General Secretary and AFD Deputy Director of Strategy, Partnerships, and Communications.
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Protecting Biodiversity: the Key Role of Indigenous Communities

communautés autochtones AFD
Worldwide, an estimated 400 to 500 million Indigenous people occupy 20% of the earth’s territory. Yet unsustainable development has caused not only the displacement of countless people, but also the destruction of much of the biodiversity on which they - and the world - depend. With Indigenous people playing a crucial role in the protection of the environment, AFD and its partners are continuing to support them, particularly in the Amazon.
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“We Cannot Develop Sustainably if we Lack the Resources”

Medellin, Colombia
Often overlooked in discussion of development are the financial and strategic changes required to shift economies from fossil fuels to greener alternatives – and the need to overcome lingering debt. In an interview with AFD, Colombian Deputy Finance Minister Diego Guevara calls for dialogue on the debt of emerging economies to meet the challenges of climate change.
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AFD uses Strong Sustainability to Support Partners’ Transitions to Greener Development

Xochimilco Lake world heritage site, Mexico
Strong sustainability, the principle that our natural resources are critical and cannot be replaced by any other form of capital, is enjoying a resurgence in development thinking. It’s a riposte to the notion that physical capital, such as machinery or technological advances can be a substitute for natural capital. AFD promotes strong sustainability in a number of countries, to assist them in their transition to more ecologically balanced forms of development.
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