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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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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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Decoding

African Economies: The Outlook for 2023

Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire
Experts had one hour to sum up their predictions for African economies in 2023, the subject of a conference recently held by AFD in Paris, and the title of an expansive new report. Probing Africa’s prospects for the year ahead, economists from AFD Group and the World Bank shared their concerns and prognoses in a discussion of issues ranging from a marked economic upswing in some regions to rising debt and food insecurity up and down the continent.
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6 Development Highlights of 2022

Temps forts
Over the past year, the world has endured major geopolitical upheavals with vast repercussions, not least on food security. But the year also saw major international events where world leaders addressed crucial climate and biodiversity issues. Here we take a look at how AFD has responded to the events and the issues raised.
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Interview

Microfinance: a Boon for Entrepreneurs Excluded from Conventional Banking

Microfinance Antilles
Small businesses and entrepreneurs with few resources can find it extremely difficult to obtain loans and get off the ground. Microfinance however, can be a source of invaluable support. AFD Group has just granted a €34-million loan to the Association for the Right to Economic Initiatives (ADIE) for its overseas microcredit program. We speak to two experts in microfinance to find out how it can help small entrepreneurs and the communities they serve.
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