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Shared Innovation

Neglected Diseases and Covid-19: Innovative Research and Development Strategies

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In our series on “Shared Innovation”, AFD highlights innovative programs created or developed in our partner countries. The race for a coronavirus vaccine casts into sharp relief existing inequalities of global public health. Tropical diseases affecting more than one billion people attract only a fraction of the funding for illnesses affecting people in the north. But this is changing, with innovative forms of investment and collaboration increasing the affordability of neglected diseases. That could help pave the way to a widely available vaccine for Covid-19.
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Broadening Access to Water in Rural Cambodia

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Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the European Union continue to support private water and electricity operators in Cambodia with the aim of broadening access for people to meet their basic needs. Pheaktra Thlang, water project officer at AFD’s office in Phnom Penh, tells us how this helps the government fulfill its objective of providing water for all by 2025.
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Covid-19 and Countries in Conflict: "Serious Social and Economic Impact"

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Promoting peace is a major commitment of Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Group, in particular via the Minka Fund which finances peace-building in territories affected by violent conflict. Charles Tellier, Head of the Fragility, Crises and Conflicts Division at AFD, takes a look at the consequences of the coronavirus crisis for vulnerable countries.
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Post-Covid Cities: A Webinar Series

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A webinar series on urban affairs is already looking at how cities can cope in a post-Covid world. What are the ramifications of Covid-19 on urban development? How has it affected access to health and public services? Just two of the questions debated at the online event, organized by the National Institute for Urban Affairs based in New Delhi, India. It’s in charge of implementing the CITIIS program: City Investments to Innovate, Integrate and Sustain, an initiative that has taken on new levels of urgency in the midst of the widening pandemic.
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AFD News

AFD's Response to the Covid-19 Crisis

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A worldwide health and economic emergency has emerged from the coronavirus pandemic. Since March, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) has been working to provide a multi-pronged response. It is translating into action the French Government’s commitment to support priority countries for France’s Official Development Assistance.
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Shared Innovation

Covid-19 in Rwanda: Delivering Drugs by Drone

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

Imaginative modes of transport are being harnessed to transport vital medicines, blood tests and supplies in Rwanda, in a partnership that will facilitate care for the ill and the vulnerable. Californian start-up Zipline makes the deliveries by drone – the kind of operation that was once the stuff of science-fiction. As the coronavirus spreads, the delivery system allows medical staff across the country to transport and process blood tests quickly, and thereby keep a close eye on who may be at risk.
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Call for applications

The Social & Inclusive Business Camp Supports Entrepreneurs across Africa to address the Covid-19 Crisis

Le Social & Inclusive Business Camp (SIBC) s’engage aux côtés des entrepreneurs en Afrique pour faire face à la crise Covid-19
After being imagined and incubated by the AFD Campus du Développement, the SIBC will be piloted over the next three years by I&P Conseil and its partners - African Management Institute, ScaleChanger and StartupBRICS - to accelerate its deployment, particularly in Africa. In the face of an unprecedented economic and health crisis, the SIBC offers a "SOS Covid" course. The 2020 call for applications is now open.
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