Improving the healthcare system in the Union of the Comoros
Better management and protection of ressources
Fighting against the impact of climate change
Strengthening the private and financial sectors
The Union of the Comoros, located off the coast of Mozambique and Madagascar, is an archipelago made up of three islands (Grande Comore, Moheli and Anjouan).
With 45% of its population living below the poverty line and ranked 160 out of 187 on the Human Development Index, the Comoros fall into the UN category of least developed countries (LDC). The 2% annual growth rate over the last decade means the economic situation remains fragile. This is further compounded by the fact that economic growth is slower than the population growth rate (2.4%).
The economy of the islands is not very diversified, and is dominated by agriculture. They also suffer from energy shortages and a lack of water. Another key factor in understanding the Comoros is the sizeable diaspora living in France and in other parts of the Indian Ocean, whose remittances represent 26% of national GDP.
France has very close relations with the Comoros and the nation is one of the 19 priority destinations for French aid.
As a partner of the Comoros for more than 60 years, AFD has concentrated its efforts on certain key sectors (access to resources, to financial services, to healthcare, etc.). We provide help through subsidies and technical support projects. This work is part of the strategy to combat poverty and is in line with the partnerships signed between France and the Comoros.
Between 2008 and 2017, AFD committed more than €74 million.