Based in Istanbul, the Eurasia regional office covers 13 countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Uzbekistan.
AFD Group has identified four key areas of intervention to tackle the main issues in the region, in line with local counterparts’ needs, and with AFD Group’s mandate. AFD Group cares about maximizing climate co-benefits and reducing social and gender inequalities, acting whenever possible on the nexus between these two interlinked issues.
Urban resilience and adaptation
Integrated and sustainable territorial management and preservation of natural resources
Preserving forests, water, soils, watersheds, seas and shores, while ensuring their sustainable management, is among AFD Group’s priorities in Eurasia. Improved territorial management entails the involvement of all stakeholders: AFD Group therefore also strongly supports the development of sustainable agriculture and food systems.
Supporting the Energy Transition
AFD Group promotes the energy transition of Eurasian countries: diversifying their energy mix away from fossil fuel and towards greener energy sources, enhancing energy efficiency. AFD Group will also contribute to building and strengthening legal frameworks for the energy sector, supporting the emergence of a favorable environment for the energy transition.
Sustainable and inclusive economic and policy models
Public policy reforms will be encouraged to support economic, political and social transitions, enabling countries to converge with European Union standards and practices. Priority will be given to reducing social inequalities, enhancing social protection systems, healthcare, gender equality and integration of the most vulnerable population.
A field-based partnership approach
AFD Group, leveraging on its local agencies, its subsidiaries dedicated to private sector financing (Proparco) and technical cooperation (Expertise France), offers tailor-made financial solutions, supported by technical-support instruments enhancing partnerships and French know-how.
Loans are the main financial instruments mobilized by AFD Group, often complemented by grants funding studies, capacity building and technical and implementation assistance.
AFD Group will continue to create long-term partnerships, including through co-financing projects with other international financial institutions (IFIs). AFD Group also intends to promote regional initiatives and structures, in an effort to support common management of resources and infrastructures across borders