Our Areas of Activity

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To contribute to economic, social and environmental progress in low- and middle-income countries, AFD Group finances and supports development projects in all fields, including climate, biodiversity, energy, education, urban development, agriculture, water and sanitation, health, digital technologies and sport.
Find out about our wide range of sectors of operation and the six major transitions we support to improve people’s daily lives, allowing them to better prepare for the future.

SECTORS of ACTIVITY

To make a tangible contribution to a fairer and more sustainable world, AFD supports development projects in all sectors:

 
AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
Agriculture is a social, economic, ecological and health issue. AFD works on agricultural value chains to promote inclusive and sustainable rural development and to ensure people’s food security.
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BIODIVERSITY
To halt the loss of biodiversity and boost the protection of ecosystems, AFD supports the restoration and sustainable development of natural areas, with and for the benefit of local populations. It incorporates this in all its activities.
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CLIMATE
Climate and development are two, tightly bound emergencies and the fight against climate change is a priority for AFD. Our objective? That all our projects be 100% compatible with the Paris Agreement.
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WATER AND SANITATION
Water is central to the balance of ecosystems and societies and an essential factor for biodiversity, health, gender equality and peace. We support the construction of infrastructure, the development of nature-based solutions and the establishment of quality services for all.
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EDUCATION FOR CITIZENSHIP AND INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY
ECIS promotes the commitment of all citizens to a fairer, more inclusive and more sustainable world. AFD supports the initiatives of French civil society organizations in this field.
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EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Lifelong education and training have a critical role to play in keeping up with societal change. AFD supports equitable access to high-quality education, from primary school through to higher education and vocational training.
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GENDER EQUALITY
The reduction of gender inequality, equal access to education and the empowerment of women and girls are central to our strategy. We take gender issues into account in our projects and we are a resolutely feminist institution.
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EMPLOYMENT
AFD supports access to employment and improvement in job quality, promotes social entrepreneurship and facilitates job creation through support of the private sector and financial systems.
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ENERGY
To promote access to efficient and sustainable energy services that are accessible to all, AFD supports its partners in their energy transition with a wide range of financing, adapted technical assistance and an extensive network of partners.
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GOVERNANCE
To ensure that public action is fair and effective, AFD supports countries in the management of public resources, promotes citizen participation and assists with policies on matters of migration and the diasporas.
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CULTURAL AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
Cultural and creative industries strengthen social ties and advance priority development themes. Culture is a common good and AFD prioritizes widespread access for all.
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INFRASTRUCTURE
Safe, efficient and sustainable infrastructure meets the needs of populations, companies and territories. AFD is supporting a number of projects for transport, energy, water and sanitation and technologies.
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FIGHTING INEQUALITY
Health, education, employment, income, gender: AFD works on every issue and at every level to promote fairer forms of development. It also promotes research and analysis on inequalities.
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MOBILITY AND TRANSPORT
AFD supports sustainable mobility systems that combine infrastructure, services and regulations to ensure access to safe, sustainable and efficient transport for all.
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DIGITAL AND INNOVATION
Because technological and digital innovation is a factor in wealth creation and in the creation of tools to facilitate sustainable development, AFD supports its partners in their digital and technological transition.
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HEALTH AND SOCIAL PROTECTION
At the crossroads of global demographic, economic and environmental challenges, health and social protection are a central focus of our action. The objective: ensure access to good-quality healthcare services for all.
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SOCIAL & INCLUSIVE BUSINESS
To support economic stakeholders who put social and environmental development front and center of what they do, AFD assists them at the different phases of their development, from getting ideas off the ground to scaling up and including the institutional framework.
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SPORT AND DEVELOPMENT
Sports bring people together and foster inclusion, contributing to peace and gender equality. AFD has made sports one of its strategic lines of action: we promote “sports for all” and encourage equal access to sporting activities.
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FINANCIAL SYSTEMS
AFD Group works with financial institutions and sector regulators to build responsible and sustainable economic, social and environmental trajectories.
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SUSTAINABLE CITIES
AFD promotes sustainable urban development that ensures equitable access to essential services, simple and effective modes of transportation and jobs, and reduces the vulnerability of residents to risks, including those of climate change.
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THE TRANSITIONS

Building a more just and more sustainable world – a world in common that leaves no one behind – requires six main transitions, at home and abroad: social, energy, territorial, digital, citizen-based and economic. Succeeding in these transitions is essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Managing to do so requires respecting the uniqueness of each country and the diversity of development choices, but also scaling up collective action, exchanges and partnerships to build solutions together that benefit everyone. 

Find out about how AFD Group supports these six main transitions:

 
DEMOGRAPHIC AND SOCIAL TRANSITION
Facilitating demographic and social transitions means taking into consideration diverse population trends, and working to reduce inequalities between countries and within societies. To achieve this, we work to support access to basic services and social cohesion.
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ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL TRANSITION
To build a more balanced economy where the interests of economic and financial actors and the Sustainable Development Goals are one and the same, AFD Group helps its partners develop more resource-efficient, inclusive and resilient ways of producing, consuming and financing.
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ENERGY TRANSITION
Convinced that the energy transition can be an opportunity for all, AFD Group mobilizes all its partners to ensure that everyone has access to efficient and low-carbon energy services.
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DIGITAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL TRANSITION
Digital technologies and innovation provide more options for access to essential services, open up societies to new expertise and make the economy more collaborative. AFD Group supports its partners in this transition in order to promote new solutions for sustainable development.
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POLITICAL AND CIVIC TRANSITION
Participation, effective public action, accountability and transparency of institutions are the key points of focus. AFD Group is committed to dialogue about public policies, institutional capacity building and democratic governance.
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TERRITORIAL AND ECOLOGICAL TRANSITION
To complete the territorial and ecological transition, AFD’s activities aim to improve living conditions for all, to foster social cohesion. That also means enhancing the quality of life for shared prosperity, and promoting territories that are more ecologically resilient.
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