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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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Passing Traditional Knowledge from Mother to Child, to Protect the Environment

De la mère à la terre
Traditional knowledge passed on from mother to daughter can help future generations tackle the consequences of global warming, but such knowledge is in danger of being lost. On International Women's Day, we look at the project “De la Mère à la Terre” (from Mother to Earth), which highlights the work these women are doing to protect the environment, and the obstacles in their way.
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The Commons: Unleashing its Potential Across Africa

Assemblée Bénin
“The Commons” are shared resources managed independently by a community. To what extent do they contribute to objectives of general interest? How can public bodies safeguard these resources? The co-authors of the book “The Commons: Drivers of Change and Opportunities for Africa”, along with researchers, political scientists and field operators, discussed these questions earlier this month.
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Fighting for Female Farmers in West Africa

Marie-Paule Okri with farmers she supports © Ivorian League for Women’s Rights
In Côte d’Ivoire, two-thirds of rural women work in agriculture, but as many as 75% of them live below the poverty line. They also face physical and other forms of violence. For the past three years, the Ivorian League for Women’s Rights has been tackling these problems, and providing support for women, particularly in rural areas. For her work, co-founder Marie-Paule Okri has just received the Simone de Beauvoir Award for Women’s Freedom 2024 in Paris.
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