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AFD News

Finance as a Fulcrum for change

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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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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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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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Anti-Malaria Ointment Offers Protection from Deadly Disease

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As part of our series on “Shared Innovation”, AFD is highlighting innovative programs created or developed in our partner countries.

Even before the coronavirus pandemic reached the continent, Africa has long had to deal with another potentially deadly disease. Malaria affects and kills more people in Africa than anywhere else in the world. The latest attempt to rein in the disease is bearing fruit. Two young entrepreneurs in Burkina Faso have developed a low-cost ointment, which contains both moisturizing and mosquito-repellent properties.

The product – currently awaiting WHO approval – is an example of how sometimes “low-tech” scientific innovations can save lives.
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Tackling Covid-19: Vietnam's Recipe for Success

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

Vietnam, with its 96 million inhabitants - and despite its proximity to China – stands as an example of effective management of the Covid-19 crisis: as of 28 April 2020, the country had 270 reported cases, and no deaths.

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