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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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Lebanon: Rebuilding the Economy from the Ground Up

With crises multiplying in Lebanon, poverty has reached astronomical levels as the economy falters, and small and medium sized businesses struggle to survive. In the second-largest city, Tripoli, known as “the poorest city in the Mediterranean,” we look at its mounting difficulties and the work being done to overcome them, including initiatives to provide training and donate equipment to small companies.

Choose Africa 2: Ramping up Support for African Entrepreneurs

choose Africa 2
The Choose Africa initiative has been so successful in supporting African companies and entrepreneurs that it has led to a sequel. In line with France’s commitment to renew its relations with African countries, AFD and its partner Bpifrance will help build and reinforce public banks for entrepreneurs as part of an effort to promote the development of entire entrepreneurial ecosystems across the African continent.
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On the Ground

Overhauling Bangladesh’s Factories, 10 Years on from the Rana Plaza Disaster

Workers at the Ananta Factory in Bangladesh
The collapse of a factory complex in Bangladesh ten years ago, which killed more than 1100 people, was a stark reminder of the deadly conditions in which factory workers produced name-brand clothing for consumers around the world. Since then, factories have made major improvements to worker safety and well-being, with support from AFD and other European development agencies. Ten years on from the Rana Plaza disaster, we take stock of one major initiative.
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Call for applications

Building a new generation of social entrepreneurs in the Western Balkans

L’AFD soutient le programme RISE dans les Balkans occidentaux
“RISE” – the Regional Incubator for Social Entrepreneurs (Rise) program in the Western Balkans is a veritable support system for young entrepreneurs. AFD is supporting the third phase of this innovative program, which promotes the creation of businesses with an emphasis on solidarity in the region. After the success of the second edition, “Rise Journey,” the project continues to support powerful ideas with the launch of its new call for applications.
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