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Good News

New Phase of “Salam” Project Supports CSOs on the Southern Shore of the Mediterranean

Voyage d'étude Salam
Agence Française de Développement has just approved financing for the new phase of the Salam project, a program that supports young civil society actors on the southern shore of the Mediterranean. Focused on sustainable cities, this is the first project led by a local Civil Society Organization (CSO) to be co-financed by AFD’s CSO Initiatives mechanism. As part of the celebrations around International Youth Day on August 12, let’s take a closer look at this innovative mechanism.
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Shared Innovation

Kheira Benaissa, The Woman Transforming Organic Waste into Biogas

Kheira Benaissa
As part of its “Shared Innovation” series, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is showcasing innovative programs that have been developed in its partner countries.

Kheira Benaissa, head of the Algerian start-up, Green AI, has developed an innovative process that combines household gas production with environmental preservation. Kheira, a PhD student specialising in waste management, has been awarded the Emerging Mediterranean 2022 Special Prize for Female Entrepreneurship.
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AFD Group in Cameroon: The Fruits of a Long-Standing Alliance

Cameroun : Candelabres Solaires, et Kiosques à Eau dans les capitales régionales
French President Emmanuel Macron visited Cameroon on 25 July to discuss food security, a critical issue on the development agenda. AFD Group has maintained close ties with Cameroon, supporting several emblematic projects across the country. Cameroon’s economy is dynamic and continues to flourish in spite of the ongoing challenges caused by the Covid-19 crisis and its aftermath.
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AFD News

Maïtena Master’s Program in Cameroon: The Response to the Training Needs Of Development Professionals

Lancement Master Maitena 2022
Maïtena Master 2 is a two-year master’s degree program created through a partnership between Université Senghor (Université de la Francophonie) and Campus AFD. The program provides capacity building for managers in African countries who work on development project management, be it in the public or private sector, in NGOs, or in civil society organizations. On April 18, 2022, the first class year was officially launched at the Catholic University of Central Africa (UCAC) in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
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Through the lens

Lebanon: Urgent Support Given to Crisis-Stricken Local Businesses

Liban, port de Beyrouth
In the aftermath of the Port of Beirut explosions, supporting the network of small local businesses was deemed essential in a country experiencing recurrent political, economic and health crises. The financial support provided to businesses by AFD Group, in partnership with the NGO Mercy Corps, has contributed to the gradual restructuring of the country’s economic landscape. Below is a report from the Lebanese capital to mark the International Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day (MSME) on June 27.

Ukrainian War Worsens African Food Crisis

marché à Ménaka, ville située au Nord du Mali
Numerous African communities dependent on agricultural imports are vulnerable to the consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Both countries are major exporters of grains and important foodstuffs worldwide, especially to much of Africa. Price rises are exacerbating food insecurity in countries already struggling with climate change and Covid-19. But AFD is stepping in, with flexible financing and regional solidarity.
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Transformation of Secondary Education in Benin

School in Benin, Education, AFD
In Benin, the government has made secondary education a priority. AFD has been contributing to these efforts since 2017 by supporting the Benin Secondary Education Support Project (PAESB). Here, we take a look at a program that puts students at the heart of the country’s governance.

First published on April 21, 2022
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AFD Group Bolsters Ties with Space Research in Support of Resources and Climate

Les satellites au service du développement
July 28 was “Overshoot Day,” the date in 2022 by which humanity consumed all the natural resources that the Earth can regenerate in one year. One way to address the challenge of resource consumption is through the unprecedented opportunities offered by satellite technologies. By signing the International Charter of the Space Climate Observatory (SCO), Agence Française de Développement is reaffirming its ambitions as a climate donor and consolidating the French commitments made at COP21.
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In brief

Support Fund for Feminist Organizations to Counter Setbacks in Women’s Rights

 Une femme tenant une pancarte
The Support Fund for Feminist Organizations (“FSOF” for Fonds de soutien aux organisations féministes) was announced by French President Emmanuel Macron in March 2019 and created two years ago, with an endowment of €120 million. FSOF is co-managed by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and Agence Française de Développement (AFD). It has become a pillar of France’s feminist foreign policy—and a valuable tool at this time of widespread offensives against women’s rights.
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In brief

Scam Alert

Siège bâtiment AFD Paris
A scam is attempting to extort money, in the name of AFD, in exchange for promising a job. We ask you to be extremely vigilant and draw your attention to the principles of our recruitment process.
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In brief

AFD and Fondation de France to Support Refugees from Ukraine in Moldova

In the face of ongoing challenges posed by the arrival of large numbers of refugees from Ukraine, a joint project of Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and Fondation de France aims to strengthen social cohesion and resilience in Moldova. Approved on July 5th, this funding will support three French NGOs in Moldova to continue their work to ensure the successful integration of the many refugees hosted in the country.
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In brief

Strengthening Serbia's Water Supply Network

rbie fleuve eau réseau Danube
The Serbian hydraulic network will shortly undergo the modernization and extension of its existing infrastructure - supported by AFD. In June 2022, Srbijavode was granted 250 000 euros from AFD to conduct a feasibility study with Suez Consulting. The study will chart a project to update and standardize all the pumping stations under Srbijavode’s jurisdiction.
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UN Ocean Conference: The Promise of Blue Carbon

The carbon stored by marine and coastal ecosystems, called blue carbon, is one of the overarching themes of the 2022 UN Ocean Conference (2022 UNOC) organized in Lisbon from 27 June to 1 July. AFD is promoting the ongoing dynamics around this sector through a new coalition, the Global Coalition for Blue Carbon.
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Islands and Coastal Cities Faced with Climate Change : Increasing the Resilience of Island Communities

Climate change is currently having a major impact on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean. Rising sea levels and increasingly frequent and intense hydro-meteorological disasters are putting communities, economic infrastructure and basic services at risk. There is an urgent need to redesign island cities and transform them into areas of climate resilience innovation. In the lead-up to the World Urban Forum in Katowice, Poland, below is a review of the methods deployed by the AdaptAction program.
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