Gulf Of Guinea Regional Office

As a gateway between the Sahel, the Lake Chad region and the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Guinea is a demographic and economic "heavyweight" at the continental level. However, its dynamics are hampered by certain endogenous weaknesses. AFD Group is supporting the region's momentum for prosperity and intends to help establish an inclusive, sustainable and participatory development process.
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STRATEGY

The Gulf of Guinea Regional Office, based in Abidjan, covers eight countries in the region: Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo.

With an economic dynamic that is stronger than the continental average, the Gulf of Guinea is nevertheless held back by certain endogenous weaknesses. In order to consolidate the region's prosperity and address its areas of fragility, four lines of action have been identified by AFD Group as part of its regional strategy:

Support the economic and social integration of young people

Faced with the fact that young people are looking for opportunities and are partially underemployed, AFD Group supports the educational continuum, from basic education to vocational and higher education, with a specific effort in rural areas. It also undertakes to promote employment, supporting the private sector and strengthening social and economic cohesion through sport and cultural creation.

AFD Group also promotes gender equality among the younger generations by taking coordinated action on young women's real access to education, financing, land, employment and health care.

Promote a democratic and civic transition

One of AFD Group's priorities in the Gulf of Guinea region is to make societies more inclusive. This means guaranteeing justice for all and universal social public services (health care, education). It is also about improving the financial management of the State and its efficiency in order to strengthen the sustainability of policies and support the development of civil society.

Provide an integrated response to the risks of weakening border areas

Faced with the risks of weakening border areas of the Sahel and Lake Chad, it is essential to anticipate and reduce tensions and strengthen the resilience of institutions, territories and populations. AFD Group is focusing on these vulnerable areas ("taking action in the North") as well as areas already in crisis (Lake Chad) to support agricultural development and access to basic services such as energy and water. In partnership with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), we also support population movements, particularly those linked to nomadism, by integrating the effects of climate change on these dynamics.

The Group also finances projects aimed at environmental conservation (forests, savannah areas) and climate change adaptation that are better shared by communities ("social co-benefit"), while supporting regional economic integration to open up the Sahel.

Develop value-creating urban spaces with a low climate and environmental footprint

AFD Group's work contributes to preserving natural resources and protecting lagoon and coastal areas for cities that are more resilient to climate change. It supports energy policies and urban transport plans to promote low-carbon cities.

We also support an urban digital society, based on knowledge and entrepreneurship, for cities that are connected and create jobs. This policy enables the development of health and education services for all, but also encourages city-focused agriculture for inclusive cities.
 

COUNTRIES COVERED

 

KEY FIGURES

5.15
billion euros committed from 2016 to 2020, including 826 million euros for Proparco
1.7
million people have basic drinking water services
23%
of the Group's commitments in Africa in 2021, or 915 million euros

Resources

Research document

MacroDev N°53 - SEMESTRIAL PANORAMA 2024 #1

Couv Macro Dev 53 VA
Jan 2024
Evaluation document

Evaluation Highlights: Minka, a relevant fund for action in crisis situations

Vignette Histoire d'évaluation Minka juin 2023 EN
Jul 2023
Evaluation document

Evaluation Summary - AFD’s interventions in the perennial crops sector: rubber outgrowerplantations projects phases IV and V (ROPP IV, ROPP V), Ghana

Evaluation Summary - AFD’s interventions in the perennial crops sector, Ghana
Nov 2022
Institutional document
Reviews and Activity Reports

Minka, Peace and Resilience Fund - Activity report 2022

Minka, Peace and Resilience Fund activity report 2022
Oct 2023
Research document

“Multiple, polarized and vulnerable”: A socio-economic exploration of Ghana’s middle class

A socio-economic exploration of Ghana's middle class
Jun 2023
Research document

A scoping review of the vulnerability of Nigeria's coastland to sea-level rise and the contribution of land subsidence

PR_284_couv1
Jun 2023
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