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Solid Partnerships for Making Buildings Sustainable

Buildings, both in their construction and day-to-day maintenance, require enormous amounts of energy. How to make them more sustainable? This was the objective of the Buildings and Climate Global Forum, held in Paris earlier this month. AFD is supporting this movement through nearly 50 projects around the world as part of the Program for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (PEEB).
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On the Ground

Passing Traditional Knowledge from Mother to Child, to Protect the Environment

De la mère à la terre
Traditional knowledge passed on from mother to daughter can help future generations tackle the consequences of global warming, but such knowledge is in danger of being lost. On International Women's Day, we look at the project “De la Mère à la Terre” (from Mother to Earth), which highlights the work these women are doing to protect the environment, and the obstacles in their way.
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Promoting Benin’s Heritage & Tourism: the Biggest Cultural Project Ever Financed by AFD

Alain Godonou Bénin musée culture patrimoine portrait
Changing Lives, Part 2
Who are the men and women who carry out the projects supported by AFD Group and promote sustainable development? We’ve been finding out, in a new series we’re calling “Changing Lives”. In this week’s installment, we meet Alain Godonou, who as head of Benin's Museums Programs, oversees cultural projects across the country.
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The Commons: Unleashing its Potential Across Africa

Assemblée Bénin
“The Commons” are shared resources managed independently by a community. To what extent do they contribute to objectives of general interest? How can public bodies safeguard these resources? The co-authors of the book “The Commons: Drivers of Change and Opportunities for Africa”, along with researchers, political scientists and field operators, discussed these questions earlier this month.
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Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Opportunity?

Robots & Generative AI by Masadepan
With an estimated four billion people voting in elections in more than 60 countries this year, observers fear the increasing use of artificial intelligence will pose problems for the political process, from “deepfake” videos to mass disinformation campaigns. At an AFD-hosted conference last month, AI experts discussed the risks posed to human rights, possible solutions, and the work that remains to be done.
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African Economies 2024: Light at the end of the Tunnel?

Floods in Mozambique
Over the past year, economic growth across the African continent remained higher than global growth rates, but it was slower than in 2022. What explains the slowdown of some, and the advance of others? And what improvements can be made for the year ahead? We speak to AFD’s expert in African economies to find out.
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Through the lens

Rebuilding Lives after the Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria: One Year On

séisme Turquie
In February 2023, earthquakes rocked Turkey and Syria, killing more than 50,000 people. They were among the most devastating earthquakes to have struck the region in almost a century, turning cities and towns into rubble and displacing close to 2 million people. We examine the swift action of AFD Group and its partners to help rebuild, and the results, one year on.
On the Ground

Soccer: A Playmaker in Africa's Development

football Burundi play international AFD sport ballon
A new collection of wide-ranging analyses of Africa’s economies and social issues is out now. In the 2024 edition of L’Économie Africaine (“African Economies”), one chapter is even devoted to soccer, whose economic and social impact extends beyond the field, to affect everything from health and education to social cohesion.
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"Atlas" of Latin America and the Caribbean: 17 Sustainable Development Initiatives

Costa Rica
Latin America is considered a champion of sustainable development, with pioneering initiatives that have been replicated not only across the region, but around the world. Some of the most innovative projects are highlighted in the “Atlas of Latin America and the Caribbean”, the result of a collaboration between AFD and Sciences Po University in Paris. The impact of the Atlas has been so vast as to span all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
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Pakistan: Harnessing Hydropower to make Energy Sustainable

Mangla Hydroelectric Dam
Faced with growing demand for energy and a reliance on imported fossil fuels, Pakistan is beginning to tap its immense hydropower potential. In the approach to the International Day of Renewable Energy, we examine a number of projects backed by AFD and its partners that are boosting Pakistan’s hydroelectric power production and making the country’s energy supply cleaner and more sustainable.
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Fighting for Female Farmers in West Africa

Marie-Paule Okri with farmers she supports © Ivorian League for Women’s Rights
In Côte d’Ivoire, two-thirds of rural women work in agriculture, but as many as 75% of them live below the poverty line. They also face physical and other forms of violence. For the past three years, the Ivorian League for Women’s Rights has been tackling these problems, and providing support for women, particularly in rural areas. For her work, co-founder Marie-Paule Okri has just received the Simone de Beauvoir Award for Women’s Freedom 2024 in Paris.
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Looking Back on 2023 and Reflecting on What Development Means

Les ODD aux Solidays
From war and the worldwide difficulties to which it has given rise, to tensions between the global north and south, 2023 has been a dramatic year. What are some of the highlights, and what can we expect in 2024? We take a look with AFD economist Thomas Melonio.
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