Orients

From the Western Balkans to the Indo-Pacific, and including the Near East and Central Asia, the Orients region covers countries with diverse development trajectories. The Orients play a key role in the response to global challenges, yet their resilience has been undermined by the crises. They now need to develop more sustainable and inclusive economic and social models. AFD Group’s action in the Orients aims to support low-carbon trajectories, strengthen social cohesion and reduce vulnerabilities, by mobilizing French and international actors.
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AFD GROUP AND THE ORIENTS: SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT TRAJECTORIES
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Eurasia Regional Office

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Eurasia Regional Office

Eurasia’s Regional Office covers a wide geographical area, from the borders of the European Union to the heart of the Eurasian landmass. Four sub-regions compose this area: the Western Balkans, Turkey, the South Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia), and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan). Despite their different socioeconomic structures, the countries in the region face similar environmental, social and demographic challenges. AFD Group in Eurasia actively contributes to the fight against climate change, while working towards more just and inclusive transitions.

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Middle East Regional Office

Middle East Regional Office, AFD Group

Middle East Regional Office

In the Middle East, AFD Group’s action aims to identify and promote sustainable development pathways to mitigate vulnerabilities that compromise the future of next generations. The Middle East Regional Office manages and supports the Group's activities in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories. Its work in Syria and Yemen is limited to monitoring and analysis.

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South Asia Regional Office

South Asia Regional Office, AFD Group

SOUTH ASIA REGIONAL OFFICE

From Afghanistan in the West to Bangladesh in the East, bordered by the Himalayas in the North and the Indian Ocean in the South, South Asia covers a wide range of geographical, political and economic conditions. AFD Group supports South Asian countries ((Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka)  in their efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. AFD's priorities for action are in line with France's policy in the Indo-Pacific region and contribute to the fight against climate change and the promotion of gender equality.

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China Regional Office

China Regional Office, AFD Group

China Regional Office

China, with the world’s largest population and second largest economy, is also one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet. However, rapid growth has had an impact both on the environment and the quality of life of its inhabitants. AFD has been developing cooperation actions with the Chinese authorities since 2004 in terms of sustainable development and the fight against climate change. Our projects mobilize French expertise and know-how to support China's transition to a low-carbon, environmentally friendly economy.

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Southeast Asia Regional Office

Southeast Asia Regional Office, AFD Group

SOUTHEAST ASIA REGIONAL OFFICE

Southeast Asia is a region of opportunities and challenges. Although there are marked linguistic, religious, political, economic and geographical contrasts, common dynamics are emerging in relation to the vulnerability of these territories to climate change, biodiversity loss and increasing inequalities. The Southeast Asia Regional Office supports the region in its transitions and catalyzes projects and partnerships at regional level in seven countries, all members of ASEAN: Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

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2.9
billion euros committed in 2020 in the Orients

Countries in Asia and the Middle East are characterized by the diversity of their development trajectories. Asian countries are faced with the major internal challenges of redressing the balance between regions and the transition towards a model based on the middle classes and domestic demand. In China, the new Silk Road (Belt and Road Initiative – BRI – strategy), could in the future further strengthen the link between the sub-regions in the Orients. In the Near and Middle East, the social and political integration of young people and women is now more than ever essential to the development and stability of the region.

To support countries in the Orients region, AFD Group engages in dialogue and sharing models and mutual experiences. The objective of the Group’s action in the Orients is to contribute to strengthening social cohesion, by reducing inequality and fulfilling the social protection expectations of the middle classes. We also support transitions towards low-carbon models, the protection of ecosystems and biodiversity, and the promotion of sustainable cities to contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement. 

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