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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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Tomorrow's Sustainable Cities

Dar es Salaam
In the light of Africa’s prolonged period of intense urbanization, specialists tackled the question of how to make cities more sustainable at the daylong conference in Tanzania’s capital on October 9.
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AFD: a Key partner in New Caledonia Healthcare Upgrade

Medipôle Hospital Complex, New Caledonia
New Caledonia’s geographical isolation, far travelling distances from one island to another, and its sharp economic and social disparities all add to the difficulties of healthcare provision, especially for the elderly and disabled.

Given the French territory's struggle to provide adequate healthcare to all, Agence Française de Développement has stepped in to help.
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Good Health for All: the 3rd Way

DNDI, Good Health for All
Established in the 1990s, trade-related intellectual property rights created a unified world market of patented drugs, often to the detriment of developing countries. A few years later, new research and development partnerships emerged in the public health sector. They include the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDI).
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Access to Energy in the Sahel: Five AFD Actions

Zagtouli Power Station, Burkina Faso, Night lights
The Sahel Alliance’s conference, “Access to Energy in the Sahel”, is being hosted this week by Agence française de développement and the World Bank in partnership with the EU’s ARE SCALE UP facility.

We take the opportunity to review five of its emblematic projects, one in each of the G5 Sahel countries.
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Together Against AIDS: AFD and Coalition Plus

Healthcare for All, Aids, HIV, Coalition Plus
AFD and Coalition PLUS renewed their partnership in 2018. Coalition PLUS is an international network of community-based organizations working with survivors of AIDS and viral hepatitis, and putting sufferers at the center of HIV/AIDS programs. AFD provides support to the Coalition, to its advocacy and to its member organizations.
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Climate change: AFD commitments and initiatives

AFD's Climate Commitments
Since 2015, banks and development agencies have been playing an increasingly significant role in helping governments make the transition towards low-carbon development, which is more resilient to climate change. On the heels of the United Nations climate change summit, we review the commitments undertaken by AFD and the tools deployed.
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“The Big Challenge is to Improve Poor Countries’ Health Care Systems” – Christophe Paquet

Nurse, Hospital, Health, Africa
A lack of medicine, water and electricity; shortages of doctors; prohibitive costs: they all stand in the way of providing good quality healthcare to all. The World Health Organization estimates that in 22 countries, the entire healthcare systems need to be rebuilt.

Christophe Paquet, AFD’s Head of Health & Social Protection, explains the difficulties facing developing countries in trying to provide better care.
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Africa’s Renewable Energy Initiative: AFD at the Forefront

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Afrique, énergie, solaire
On the sidelines of the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, the Board of Directors of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) met on Monday to discuss the continent’s huge new energy potential. Since 2017, the AFD Group has already financed 52 projects, accounting for 15% of renewable energy objectives the AREI wants to see fulfilled by 2020.
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UN Climate Summit: Development Banks make major Commitment

UN Climate Summit: Development Banks in Action
Leading national and regional banks from all over the world that make up the International Development Finance Club, have published an action report on climate change for this week’s Climate Summit in New York. They commit to mobilizing at least $1 trillion by 2025, and are calling on governments and regulatory bodies to redirect financial flows so that they are in line with development, which is low in carbon emissions and does not contribute to climate change.
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“The Dakar 2022 Youth Olympics could be a Springboard for Sport in Africa” - Laëtitia Habchi

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The Senegal National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSS) and Agence Française de Développement have just signed a partnership agreement for the Youth Olympic Games, which will be held in Dakar in 2022. Laëtitia Habchi, Deputy Director of the Social Cohesion Unit and Sport & Development advisor at AFD, outlines the potentially wide-ranging ramifications.
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