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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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Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Opportunity?

Robots & Generative AI by Masadepan
With an estimated four billion people voting in elections in more than 60 countries this year, observers fear the increasing use of artificial intelligence will pose problems for the political process, from “deepfake” videos to mass disinformation campaigns. At an AFD-hosted conference last month, AI experts discussed the risks posed to human rights, possible solutions, and the work that remains to be done.
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"Cultural and Creative Industries Promote Employment and Social Cohesion"

Forum ICC
On October 6-8 in Paris, the first Création Africa forum for cultural and creative industries (CCI) will feature fast-growing sectors such as TV series, animation, video games, and comics. How does AFD Group support industry professionals and help new talent emerge? We find out.
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Exploring History, Heritage and Culture in Southern Africa

The Great Zimbabwe Monument
A country’s collective memory is an important part of its identity and evolution. AFD is backing cultural and creative initiatives that play a crucial role in bringing to life countries’ history and heritage – particularly those of Zimbabwe and South Africa. We take a closer look on the eve of “Creation Africa,” in Paris from 6 to 8 October. It’s a forum for creative actors working in the arts, from cinema to virtual reality.
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