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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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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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Pakistan: Harnessing Hydropower to make Energy Sustainable

Mangla Hydroelectric Dam
Faced with growing demand for energy and a reliance on imported fossil fuels, Pakistan is beginning to tap its immense hydropower potential. In the approach to the International Day of Renewable Energy, we examine a number of projects backed by AFD and its partners that are boosting Pakistan’s hydroelectric power production and making the country’s energy supply cleaner and more sustainable.
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