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AFD News

Finance as a Fulcrum for change

Development depends on various kinds of finance, from grants to investment. AFD Group has begun to develop a number of incentive loans, where pricing is indexed to the progress made by borrowers in terms of their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices. This not only allows AFD to continue to fund a large number of projects; it provides additional incentives to make sure development projects are fully sustainable.
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Digital Africa Fund: Customized support for African start-ups

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The Digital Africa seed fund for innovative entrepreneurship in Africa is off to a promising start, just six months on from its launch. Already, one third of the €15 million for technical and financial assistance has already begun to flow. It’s part of six such programs financed by AFD to support African digital start-ups in their seed stage.
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Shared Innovation

Kenya: A Payment Platform for Healthcare Protection

In our series on "Shared Innovation", AFD is highlighting innovative programs created or developed in our partner countries. Cutting edge technologies and creative approaches in healthcare will help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, as it spreads around the world.

In Kenya, digital platforms like M-Tiba allow people to save money on their phone and pay for healthcare treatment at a distance – crucial at a time where health officials call for as much “social distancing” as possible. The system allows health data to be transmitted anonymously, so health authorities can spot trends and try to prepare for a major outbreak.
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Shared Innovation

Text Messages to Raise Awareness about Health and Hygiene

In our series on “Shared Innovation”, AFD highlights innovative programs invented or developed in our partner countries.

Diffusing good health practices to the general public is a big challenge when fighting pandemics and malnutrition, or when promoting family planning. The international NGO Gret, which is specialized in the fight against poverty and inequality around the world, is helping to meet that challenge. In Burkina Faso, it has set up a system to facilitate family access to health information using technology to which almost everyone has access: text messaging.
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“The FGEF Has Been Innovation for the Environment for 25 Years”: Stéphanie Bouziges-Eschmann

The French Global Environment Facility (FGEF) was launched after the first Earth Summit, in 1994. Since then, it has worked towards one singular goal: to create synergies between environmental preservation and sustainable development in local communities. This has been achieved through innovation and a collaborative approach to problem-solving, says the fund’s Secretary-General, Stéphanie Bouziges-Eschmann.
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In Bangladesh, Smart Grids Provide Over a Million People With Access to Electricity

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François Lhomme is an expert in intelligent electrical networks (“smart grids”) and a project team leader in the Energy Division of Agence Française de Développement (AFD). Here he describes the merits of digital technology in the energy sector. He also tells us about the ambitious project that AFD launched in Bangladesh in 2019, with the support of the European Union.
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