FEXTE: A cooperation and project-preparation instrument

The Fund for Technical Expertise and Experience Transfers (FEXTE) funds technical-cooperation programs and project-preparation studies in developing countries. In 2017, AFD granted 14.7 million euros as part of this mechanism.
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In the countries that receive official development assistance (as defined by the OECD DAC) and in which AFD is authorized to operate, there are requests and needs for French expertise and experience. The purpose of FEXTE is to meet these requests and needs, all the while working towards the sustainable development of those countries.

Eligibility criteria

Since 2017, all the beneficiary countries of official development assistance (as defined by the OECD DAC) in which AFD is authorized to operate are eligible for FEXTE, whatever the level of their per-capita gross national income.

The technical cooperation program must meet three criteria:

  • Comply with AFD’s geographical and sectoral missions and priorities;
  • Develop existing French expertise or experience;
  • Contribute to French influence, in economic, public-policy and/or ecological diplomacy terms.

Eligible programs

The mechanism can be used to fund several types of operations:

•    Project-preparation studies: planning, pre-feasibility, feasibility, preliminary or detailed design;

•    Technical cooperation: resident technical assistance, short-term or repeat expertise, high-level training actions, strategic partnerships between peer institutions.

4 examples of operations financed via FEXTE

Technical cooperation: the municipal services of a French city provide support for another city in implementing an urban mobility project. This sharing of experience can cover all dimensions of the project: normative aspects, forms of service management, etc.

Technical assistance: to finance large-scale investments in renewable energies, an electricity provider draws inspiration from French mechanisms.

Technical cooperation program: FEXTE provides support for sectoral financing or for an investment plan for which French know-how can be used.

Project-preparation study: mobilization of French experience in conducting studies on hydroelectric dam security (geotechnical and seismic risks, consequences for local populations), prior to the setting up of a rehabilitation project for these infrastructures.

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