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On the Ground

50 Years in Djibouti, and Seeing Results from Fight against HIV

Djibouti
To mark the 50 years that AFD has been active in the East African country of Djibouti, an exhibition featuring people involved in or benefiting from the decades of AFD activity has been unveiled. Among the personal testimonies revealed is that of Dr. Emma Acina, an emblematic figure who has been working since the 1980s with people living with HIV.
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On the Ground

Controlling Epidemics in the Indian Ocean and Indo-Pacific Regions

epidemiologist Madagascar
In recent years, the Indian Ocean region has endured epidemics of human and animal diseases, from cholera and the chikungunya virus, to foot-and-mouth disease and rabies. The Sega-One Health network helps to mitigate and control such outbreaks through epidemiological surveillance and alert management. For the next stage in 2024, AFD is providing the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) with funding to extend health security measures across the Pacific region and Southeast Asia.
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AFD News

AFD in Action: Backing 19 New NGO Projects

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AFD recently signed off on a major budget providing funding for 19 new projects this year, steered by NGOs and Civil Society Organizations. The grant money will allow organizations around the world to launch projects that create jobs and make a real difference to people’s lives, from microfinance, to ecotourism.
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Impacts

Using Sun and Water to Electrify Tanzania

Tanzania
Since 2015, AFD and the European Union EU have been contributing to the decarbonization of Tanzania, which is still largely dependent on fossil resources. But it has considerable potential in terms of renewable energies. Earlier this year, the country reached an important milestone, having laid the corner stone for the Shinyanga solar power plant at a ceremony that could usher in a new era of energy.
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In brief

Announcing the Finalists for Creative Entrepreneurship Program in Africa

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Launched in 2019, Afrique Créative is an incubation program to support cultural and creative entrepreneurship in Africa. Covering everything from fashion and the visual arts to the media, the program is open to entrepreneurs across a range of creative sectors and aims to help them drive change in their respective fields. The finalists for the latest program have just been announced.
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Decoding

6 Things to Know about Civil Society Organizations and AFD

TAPSA Burundi / Manufacturing of biopesticides in Burundi
Civil society organizations (CSOs) act as mediators between public authorities and communities. This empowers them to push forward social action and support sustainable and inclusive development pathways. For 15 years, AFD has built partnerships with a variety of CSOs. We take a look at some of the key aspects of these relations – some of which may surprise you!
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Report

Defying Desertification: Feeding Populations without Plundering the Planet

Rainforest in Costa Rica: Feeding Populations without Plundering the Planet
In the quest to feed a rapidly global population, some modes of farming and food production are damaging the environment and stripping the earth of valuable nutrients and minerals. Ahead of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, we look at the worldwide search for sustainable ways to produce food, while protecting the planet.
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On the Ground

Morocco is Making Moves in Cinema by Streaming on the Small Screen

cinema marocain Aflamin
In Morocco, dozens of cinemas have closed over the years, plunging the film industry into crisis. But up-and-coming directors, writers and actors have contributed to a resurgence of cinema. So too have streaming services like Aflamin, a Moroccan streaming platform and winner of the 2023 AFD Digital Challenge, which aims to make cinema accessible to all.
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On the Ground

Providing Fortified Foods and Tackling Hunger with Local Companies

Entreprise sociale Madagascar
Despite advances towards food security in Africa over the past decade, ensuring a sufficient supply of healthy food for all remains a major challenge. Armed conflict has strangled supply lines, particularly in parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Local companies however, can sometimes pick up the slack and produce nutritious foods, particularly when they're helped to scale up their work.
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On the Ground

Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Tea: Combating Counterfeits and Protecting a Prized Industry

Thé Sri Lanka Clear Media
Next to water, tea is the most widely consumed drink on the planet. And although Sri Lanka is one of the world’s top producers of the beverage, counterfeit products threaten the country’s own Ceylon tea industry. In a project backed by AFD and the Sri Lanka Tea Board, tea producers are working to obtain a special certification to protect an industry employing more than 2.5 million people. On World Tea Day, we look at how a Geographical Indication could turn things around.
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AFD News

The Results are in: AFD Boosted Climate Action and Maintained its Sustainable Financing in 2023

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Despite rising geopolitical tensions in 2023, AFD Group financed several hundred new projects worth more than €11 billion. What’s more, the Group’s financial commitment to finance climate action rose by 25%, and hit its biodiversity target two years ahead of schedule. With last year's results released this week, we take a look at the highlights.
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“The EU will continue to assert its Geopolitical Influence after the Elections”

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EU citizens will be voting for their European Parliament representatives in the elections from June 6 to June 9. What impact will these elections have on Europe’s development policies? What role does the European Union play in development? We discuss these questions and more with Anna Lipchitz, AFD Group’s Head of European Affairs.
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