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#Data4Covid19: The Challenge for Africa

Data Challenge
A call for innovative proposals: from December 15 to February 5, 2021, AFD, in collaboration with Expertise France and The GovLab, is inviting researchers specializing in data analysis to address the challenges associated with Covid-19 in Africa. The objective is to develop innovative projects to facilitate the production of data that can be used collaboratively.
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The Kiwa Initiative: A Coalition to Protect Biodiversity

A coalition spanning the globe, from Canada to New Zealand has joined forces to use nature-based solutions to help communities in the Global South better adapt to climate change. AFD, the European Union and Australia are among the partners at the center of the innovative Kiwa initiative, which promotes the protection of biodiversity to improve adaptation and resilience. The initiative builds on an unprecedented collaboration between IUCN, the Pacific Community and the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, which together will provide support to beneficiaries across the region.
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Five Years on from the Paris Accord, New Commitments to Come

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To mark the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, France, the UK and the United Nations are organizing the Climate Ambition Summit on December 12. Damien Navizet, AFD's Head of the Climate Division, tells us what’s on the agenda of this virtual gathering, and takes stock of the progress achieved since 2015.
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Shared Innovation

Reinforcing the Urban Fabric with Citizen Project Laboratories

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

In Ouagadougou, Abidjan, Dakar and several Tunisian cities, “Citizen Project Laboratories” are flourishing. These initiatives, financed by Agence Française de Développement (AFD), are designed as tools for developing more participatory urban projects. With promising results starting to come in, these pioneering programs are expected to be expanded to other cities. In this article, we take a closer look at this novel system.
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Biodiversity: Sharing Data for Greater Protection of the Natural World

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Data4Nature is a new initiative inviting all development partners to share the biodiversity data from their projects, to provide better protection for the natural world. Having emerged from the Finance in Common coalition, the initiative is managed by Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). A conference to present Data4Nature is being held on 10 December.
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On the Ground

Vietnam: A New Metro Line Paves the Way to a Greener City

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A ten-year project providing a much-needed boost to public transportation in Vietnam’s capital is nearing completion. Extending more than 12 km, the metro line between Nhon and Hanoi, consisting of 12 stations, will connect the city’s western suburbs to the center and surrounding areas. The objective: reduce traffic congestion, and lower air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
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The Energy Transition Ramps Up in Southeast Asia

Un partenariat innovant entre donneurs publics et fondations philanthropiques privées
A brand new coalition has been set up to boost the energy transition across Southeast Asia. In collaboration with public donors and private foundations, France, via Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the German Federal Ministry of the Environment and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, have launched the South East Asia Energy Transition Partnership. The aim of this unprecedented coalition is to ramp up the energy transition across the region, with an investment package of $50 million.
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Reviving Iraq's Rural Economy

Overlooking the Nineveh Plains in Iraq
For centuries, it was Iraq’s breadbasket and a hive of economic activity – but terrorism and war all but stopped the region in its tracks. How to revive northern Iraq after the departure of Daesh, the so-called Islamic State? Something called the PERMA project has found a way. Financed by AFD and presented at the Paris Peace Forum 11 to 13 November, it aims to bring life back to the rural economy in the north.
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Finance in Common

10 Highlights from the First Global Summit of Development Banks

The first Finance in Common Summit on November 9 to 12, was hosted remotely from Paris by Agence Française de Développement. The mainly virtual gathering brought together public development banks to discuss the key issues of the 2030 Agenda and to initiate a new coalition. Here are 10 highlights of this unprecedented event.
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Aiming for the SDGs: 10 Recommendations for Development Banks Around the World

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AFD’s 14th International Development Research Conference, and the Finance in Common Summit were the occasion for an international network of researchers to offer initial recommendations for boosting the potential of public development banks, and for supporting structural transformations, which help pave the way to a fairer and more sustainable global economy.
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Finance in Common

Finance in Common: New AFD Projects on the Ground

Finance in Common The First Global Summit Of All Public Development Banks
A key organizer of last week’s Finance in Common, the first summit of development banks, and its emblematic statements, AFD Group also committed to a series of new projects on the ground, alongside its partners. Here is a brief rundown of what’s underway.
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Finance in Common

An Inclusive Private Sector Recovery in Africa

During last week's Finance in Common summit, one digital gathering looked to Africa in particular. At the event, “Africa: Towards a Sustainable Recovery for the Private Sector”, organized by EDFI (European Development Financial Institutions) , high-level players announced they will mobilize at least $4 billion for African small and medium-sized enterprises by the end of 2021.
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The Urgency of Adapting to Climate Change

Fiji mangroves with AFD project RESCCUE
All over the world, climate change is causing loss of life and serious environmental damage. And it’s in the global south where the effects are most pronounced. As part of the Finance in Common Summit uniting 450 development banks virtually in Paris on 11 and 12 November, an online international panel including former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, issued a resounding call for efforts to be scaled up. Solutions may already be within reach.
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Research Paves the Way to a New Era for Development Banks

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Faced with the Covid-19 crisis, how can we ensure that short-term stimulus packages won’t compromise long-term trajectories toward a low-carbon, inclusive, and sustainable economy? And what role can development banks play in contributing to a fair and sustainable recovery? Researchers, economists and representatives of development banks gathered for an online conference organized in Paris on November 9 and 10. Together, they shared their analyses and recommendations on the challenges ahead.
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