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AFD News

Finance as a Fulcrum for change

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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Bouaké Is Taking Care of the Health System

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In Côte d’Ivoire, where over 75% of the population is under 35, youth employment and health remain a major challenge. Since 2013, through support to the National Health Workers Training Institute (INFAS) and its network of regional branches, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) has been contributing to turning this life force into quality human resources to improve the performance of the health system. Bouaké, the country’s second largest city, has one of these new types of incubator.
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Morocco: Towards a More Inclusive Development Model?

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Building on its political and social stability, an improvement in the business climate, substantial investments and a successful integration into global value chains with high technology content, Morocco has many assets. How to combine this path with inclusive and sustainable development? An Agence Française de Développement (AFD) study explores the issue.
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COP25: Reasons for Hope?

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After two weeks of negotiations, the States failed to reach a consensus that would significantly increase the measures taken before COP 26 and define new rules following the Kyoto Protocol. Nevertheless, there was some progress.
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Supporting Rural Development and Valuing Countries' Hidden Treasures

Whether it’s olive oil from Tuscany, palm sugar from Cambodia, or berry juice from Thailand, certain goods are inherently connected to their places of origin – their “geographical indications,” as they’re officially known. Between 2014 and 2017, AFD supported a regional project for geographical indications in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Implemented by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, the project’s second phase has now been extended to include Myanmar. We explain why Geographical Indications are so important.
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From Illegality to Emancipation, the Long Journey out of Myanmar

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It’s a story of hardship, desperate poverty – and escape. Khim Mae Soe’s journey from Myanmar to Thailand casts into sharp relief the travails of those trying to build a better life abroad. To mark International Migrants Day on 18 December, Khin Mae Soe tells us her story. If a years-long nightmare finally came to an end, it was in large thanks to a chance meeting, with people from the Foundation for Education and Development, supported by Terre des Hommes France and Agence Française de Développement.
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