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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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Decoding

African Economies 2024: Light at the end of the Tunnel?

Floods in Mozambique
Over the past year, economic growth across the African continent remained higher than global growth rates, but it was slower than in 2022. What explains the slowdown of some, and the advance of others? And what improvements can be made for the year ahead? We speak to AFD’s expert in African economies to find out.
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Through the lens

Rebuilding Lives after the Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria: One Year On

séisme Turquie
In February 2023, earthquakes rocked Turkey and Syria, killing more than 50,000 people. They were among the most devastating earthquakes to have struck the region in almost a century, turning cities and towns into rubble and displacing close to 2 million people. We examine the swift action of AFD Group and its partners to help rebuild, and the results, one year on.
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Toilets are Producing Energy in East Africa's Largest Informal Settlement

Kibera
Around the world, some 3.5 billion people are living without safe toilets, and close to 1,000 children under five die every day due to a lack of sanitation facilities. Ahead of World Toilet Day this Sunday, we take a look at a system in Kenya that not only disposes of waste, but also provides sustainable forms of energy.
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