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Shared Innovation

Gabon: Using DNA to Hunt Poachers

Gabon, poaching, forests
In our series on “Shared Innovation”, AFD highlights innovative programs devised and developed in our partner countries.

Poaching poses a major threat to the survival of numerous species – many of which are endangered. How to tackle it? In Libreville, the National Agency for the Preservation of Nature has just set up a wildlife genetic analysis laboratory financed by AFD and the World Bank. By analyzing DNA samples, it is now possible to trace and identify those involved – and prosecute offenders.
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AFD-EU Research Facility on Inequality: Reviewing the Results

Facilité de recherche inégalités
Financed by the EU and carried out by AFD, the Research Facility on Inequalities features 22 research projects involving more than 60 researchers in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the US. It is designed to shed more light on socio-economic inequalities in developing and emerging economies, and help design the public policies necessary to reduce them. These projects were conducted jointly with research centers around the world, in coordination with partner governments and development institutions. 

We speak to two experts about the results of three years of research, which have just come to a close.
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AFD News

The Private Sector's Role in Protecting Biodiversity

Proparco biodiversity
Along with climate change, the collapse of biodiversity is the most urgent environmental issue of the decade. AFD Group’s subsidiary for financing the private sector, Proparco has just released the latest issue of its magazine Private Sector & Development. It focuses on the role the private sector can play in preserving biodiversity.
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On the Ground

Gabon: A Classroom in the Trees

Gabon, class in a tree
Nestled in the forests near Libreville, it’s a unique way to raise awareness. The treetop classroom in the Raponda Walker Arboretum focuses on – and embodies - the protection of rainforests. A tool for Gabon’s National Agency for National Parks to develop and protect a rare variety of biodiversity.
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On the Ground

Combating Pollution in Africa’s Largest Lake

Lake Victoria, water, sanitation, Flipflopi, East Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, AFD
Lake Victoria in East Africa is in danger of “dying from the bottom,” as one Kenyan official puts it. The world’s second-largest freshwater lake is being polluted by everything from plastic and litter to chemical fertilizers. An imaginative initiative however, has been launched to combat plastic use, and AFD is supporting moves to treat water and improve sanitation throughout the region. On World Water Day, we look at the struggle to find sustainable solutions for a lake on which millions of people depend.
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On the Ground

Restoring Dignity to Victims of Sexual Violence in the Central African Republic

NENGO Center helps women victims of sexual violence AFD
The violence caused by ongoing fighting across the Central African Republic affects women disproportionately. They have suffered widespread sexual violence and displacement. A coalition of lawyers, caregivers and social workers are working hard to help. Financed by AFD, a new center, “Nengo” – meaning “dignity” – has been set up in the capital Bangui to provide holistic care for victims of sexual violence. We meet the men and women who fight on a daily basis to help survivors restore their dignity.
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AFD News

Improving Access to Energy in Africa with Digital Innovation

Solar Energy Power Plant AFD Africa, Burkina Faso
Half of the households in Sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. One answer may lie in energy innovations. The Digital Energy Facility promotes digital innovation by start-ups and operators in the energy sector. Financed by the European Union and implemented by AFD, the program includes technical assistance, seed funding and calls for projects.
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“Greater Inclusion of Women Develops Society as a Whole” - Mar Merita Blat

AFD Gender Equality
Respecting and reinforcing women’s economic and social rights; raising awareness of the right to sexual and reproductive health; and the right to have control over one’s own body more generally – these are among the concerns of AFD gender expert, Mar Merita Blat. To mark International Women’s Day, she discusses AFD Group’s actions aiming to promote gender equality.
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AFD News

Researching Inequalities: the Results

AFD Inequality Research Facility
The Research Facility on Inequalities, led by AFD and supported by the European Commission since 2017, is coming to an end. The initiative produced 23 research projects and 150 publications, involving 50 researchers. A final conference outlining the results will take place online 22 to 25 March 2021.
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AFD News

Reconciliation through Social Entrepreneurship in the Western Balkans

Balkans, RISE
The RISE consortium aims to make social engagement of young people a central focus of reconciliation efforts in the Western Balkans. Predominantly funded by the Agence Française de Développement, RISE recently published a study on the current state of social entrepreneurship in these six countries. The study offers guidelines for providing the best possible support to young agents of change in their communities.
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A Dramatic Drop in Fertility Across Africa

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Africa children birthrates Madagascar
In “AFD’s Atlas of Africa”, we examine the social and economic developments across the continent. Today we take a closer look at the changes in fertility in Africa, where the number of children per woman has been decreasing for 40 years.
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Niger: Restoring an Education System Hit Hard by Covid

Africa Niger Education
To slow the spread of the Coronavirus in the spring of 2020, Niger closed its schools. That decision has not been without consequences. The education of many children ground to a halt. Now, swift action is being taken: with support from AFD, UNICEF and the Global Partnership for Education, the authorities have launched a plan to support and restore the education system.
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Shared Innovation

Made in Cameroon: Specially Designed Incubators for premature babies

Neonatal incubator Cameroon AFD
In our series on “Shared Innovation”, AFD highlights innovative programs devised and developed in our partner countries.

At his "fablab" or fabrication laboratory called “AUI-Techno,” Serge Armel Njidjou has designed neonatal incubators specifically for his native Cameroon, where power outages can put foreign-built incubators out of commission. Using solar energy for back-up power and other innovations, Njidjou has become a torchbearer in the fight against premature infant mortality. In this interview, he tells us about an award-winning project that could help hundreds of thousands of families across the continent.
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AFD News

Boosting Bolivia’s Energy Supply with one of the World’s Highest Solar Power Plants

AFD inaugurates second phase of Bolivia's solar power station - one of the highest in the world
The development of Bolivia’s Oruro photovoltaic power station entered its second phase in February. The major infrastructural project takes the country one step closer to boosting Bolivia’s energy supply. On 10 February 2021, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the French Embassy and the European Union Delegation inaugurated the second phase. It’s a milestone in Bolivia’s energy transition, as it expands the supply of non-carbon energy alternatives.
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In brief

Partnership Signed Between AFD and North Macedonia

Balkans, Macédoine
The intergovernmental agreement between France and North Macedonia was signed on 23 February 2021 in Paris during the visit by Bujar Osmani, the Macedonian Minister of Foreign Affairs. It paves the way for productive partnerships between the two countries via Agence Française de Développement (AFD).
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