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Improving Access to Water and Sanitation for millions in Ethiopia

World Toilet Day on November 19 highlights the dangers of lacking sanitary facilities, and the search for sustainable solutions. With an estimated 419 million people practising "open defecation" worldwide, the need for access to clean, safe toilets for all is more urgent than ever. Which is why AFD is funding a number of initiatives, including two flagship projects in Ethiopia. One will provide 2.6 million people with improved, gender-sensitive sanitation facilities and the second will improve access to water for 1 million people in 45 towns.
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The Results are in: AFD Boosted Climate Action and Maintained its Sustainable Financing in 2023

Résultats 2023
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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AFD and the World Bank, Partners for Greater Impact

La Banque Mondiale à Washington
AFD Group is the leading bilateral financing partner of the World Bank Group (WBG) in terms of the number of projects backed together. With $30 billion invested in co-financing and parallel financing, the two public banks are helping to scale up the most promising programs worldwide.
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Restoring Ancient Artefacts, Protecting Pakistan’s Heritage and Boosting the Economy

Fort Lahore Picture Wall
A centuries-old fort and home to some of Pakistan’s most storied heritage has fallen victim to unchecked urban growth and years of decay. But it’s getting a new lease of life. AFD is backing fresh efforts to restore the World Heritage Site and major attraction, which will be a boon for tourism and the country’s economy as a whole. On World Heritage Day, we take a closer look.
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The Degradation of Ecosystems in Africa

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A recent study by experts from AFD and the Sahel and Sahara Observatory confirms that several countries in Africa are suffering from severe ecological degradation. The findings are detailed in the fifth edition of L’Économie africaine (“African Economies”), and shed light on a worrying and rapidly spreading phenomenon.
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