Addressing the challenges of employment and youth
Building sustainable territories and cities
Increasing access to clean and competitive energy
Improving the governance of societies
Becoming the bank for African innovations
Today, 50% of AFD’s activity (excluding the French overseas territories) directly concerns Africa. AFD is able to operate in the 54 countries on the continent and is currently implementing projects in 44 of them.
While efforts to support the continent are continuously being stepped up, AFD’s Africa strategy for 2017-2021 marks a development. Up until now, the continent was viewed in a separate manner: North Africa on one side, Sub-Saharan Africa on the other. Our action now encompasses the entire continent.
Indeed, transnational issues are becoming increasingly urgent, as intracontinental flows (persons, goods, money) are set to constantly increase in the coming years. In addition, the continent is marked by a sharp increase in demographic pressure, security issues, as well as the impacts of climate change. In this context, it is essential to strengthen the management of spaces, problematic issues and common resources.
Furthermore, the diversity of economies and regions in Africa requires having an ever-sharper view of the actions conducted. AFD today operates practically all over Africa and has the capacity to take action and effectively grasp the dynamics of the subregions.
AFD has produced an Atlas of Africa, published by Armand Colin in French, to account for this new perspective. This atlas, with its 100 or so maps and graphs, reviews the developments in Africa over more than half a century. The objective is to better reflect what AFD’s officers see and support on a daily basis: the changes taking place on a continent in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals.
All the public data collected and processed by AFD’s economists can be accessed on the website Africa in Maps (available in French). These global, continental and national maps and graphs are adaptable and can be viewed based on chronological criteria and socio-economic indicators. They are freely available and downloadable.