An economy centred on people, and for the planet

Economic and Financial Transition

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AFD Group supports its partners in their economic and financial transition
The economic and financial transition is at the heart of international debates on development models. This reflection is prompting us to make long-term projections for the construction of a more balanced economy where the interests of economic and financial actors and the Sustainable Development Goals are one and the same. AFD Group is assisting its partners along the path to this transition.

Our strategy

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To systematically engage in the economic and financial transition, all of the players – governments, companies, financial institutions, international organisations, civil society – must be able to mobilise. And so to better respond to these challenges and its partners’ requests, AFD Group has adopted an, in line with the Group’s major strategic directions.

AFD Group’s goal: enable its partners to develop new ways of producing, consuming and financing. New, because they are:

  • more resource-efficient, for the sustainable management of natural, financial, technological and human resources
  • more inclusive, for a balanced distribution of these resources and access to economic and financial opportunities for excluded populations
  • more resilient, for better adaptation to crises.

AFD, Proparco and Expertise France are mobilising to implement this strategy. It is specifically adapted to local contexts, in line with the Group’s geographic priorities.


Our actions

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To contribute to building an economy centred on people and the planet, AFD Group’s Economic and Financial Transition Strategy focuses on six actions:

  • Develop productive systems rooted in local economies by financing businesses that use local resources and have a neutral or positive environmental impact.
  • Promote financial services that are adapted, sustainable and responsible to make them more accessible to excluded populations, and help companies to develop.
  • Support a commercial ecosystem that creates a good balance between economic, social and environmental impacts, particularly by creating certification schemes, supporting export-promotion organisations or developing infrastructure to boost economic activity.
  • Desseminate best production, consumption and financing practices so that companies and financial institutions, particularly development banks, play a key role in building a sustainable economy.
  • Develop risk-management tools by supporting actors who are committed to mitigating future uncertainty.
  • Support public authorities in steering and regulating economic and financial activities by developing new inclusive and resource-efficient banking regulation, or by encouraging local entrepreneurship that creates inclusive jobs.

News and resources

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Institutional document

100% Social Link - 2021-2025 Strategy

100 % Social Link - 2021-2025 Strategy
May 2021
Research document

Mental Health and Gender Inequality in the MENA Region: An Analysis of Shock Related Factors Within the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 2022
Research document

Social Safety Nets and Food Insecurity in the Time of COVID-19: Selected MENA Countries

Social Safety Nets and Food Insecurity in the Time of COVID-19_couv1
May 2022
Research document

Industrialization in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Nov 2021

AFD Group, a partner for your development projects in Southeast Asia

Le groupe AFD est présent en Asie du Sud-Est depuis plus de 25 ans. Découvrez quelles sont ses priorités stratégiques dans la région et comment il peut soutenir vos projets pour améliorer leurs impacts ! AFD2021
Sep 2021
Institutional document

The Public Payment Guarantee

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Jun 2021
All Ressources
committed to projects linked with the Economic and Financial Transition in 2019
of projects implemented in Africa in 2019
of projects linked with the Economic and Financial Transition had climate co-benefits in 2019