Agence Française de Développement

The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) funds, supports and accelerates the transitions to a fairer and more sustainable world.
Focusing on climate, biodiversity, peace, education, urban development, health and governance, our teams carry out more than 4,000 projects in France’s overseas departments and territories and another 115 countries. In this way, we contribute to the commitment of France and French people to support the sustainable development goals.
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Our role

Agence Française de Développement (AFD) finances, supports and accelerates the transition to a fairer and more sustainable world.

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Our priorities

Our strategy rests on a vision of "world in common" and five foundational commitments that underpin all actions: 100% Paris Agreement, 100% social link, 3D development thinking, non-sovereign first and partnership design.

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AFD has now become a financing company. It was granted this status by the European Central Bank on 30 June 2017. It had previously had the status of a credit institution under French law. This change does not affect AFD’s EPIC (Public Industrial and Commercial Undertaking) status under French law, and its mandate and objectives remain unchanged.ter meet the South's challenges.

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Our history

Created in 1941, AFD is the world’s longest-standing development institution.

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Transparency and dialogue

For us, supporting sustainable projects with strong impacts for populations involves submitting results to the judgments and opinions of all stakeholders.

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Our social responsibility

The Corporate Social Responsibility approach is vital for AFD Group. It entails high demands concerning social matters, the environment, ethics, respect for human rights, the fight against corruption, and transparency.

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An AFD Group subsidiary dedicated to the private sector, Proparco has been funding business projects and financial institutions in over 80 countries for over 40 years. Its interventions help to build sustainable economic growth, create jobs, provide essential goods and services and more widely, reduce poverty and contribute to the fight against climate change.

Committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Proparco works with over 450 clients to limit the impacts of their activities and, more generally, to improve their environmental, social and governance-related practices. 

It concentrates its actions on key development sectors: infrastructure with a focus on renewable energies, agro-industry, financial institutions, health, education, etc.

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Created by the French government in 1994 following the first Earth Summit, the French Facility for Global Environment (Fonds français pour l'environnement mondial - FFEM) implements sustainable development projects that encompass protection of global public goods, international solidarity and innovation in developing and emerging countries.

FFEM encourages innovative solutions that provide responses to global environmental problems in the fields of biodiversity, the climate, international waters, land degradation (including deforestation), chemical pollutants and stratospheric ozone.

Since its creation, FFEM has funded over 300 projects in over 120 countries, 69% of which are in Africa and the Mediterranean.

AFD provides the secretariat, as well as material and human resources and signs the conventions and contracts for the projects funded by FFEM.

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The Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, every country in the world agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight against inequalities and injustices, tackle climate change and build a common world by 2030.

Our action is fully in line with the SDGs.

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Rémy Rioux, AFD Chief Executive Officer

Rémy Rioux, Chief Executive Officer of AFD

Published on 25 May 2020