Research is a vital aspect of French development policy and one of the pillars of our activity. Its purpose is to help guide developing countries in their economic, ecological, and social transition. Our research provides integrated support that rounds out the financing provided by AFD Group.
We co-design and conduct this research along with our partners in the countries and territories where we operate. Our research findings help us closely analyze the interactions between major global issues and the economic, financial, and social spheres, with a view to promoting strong sustainability trajectories.
The environments in which AFD operates are undergoing rapid transformation. In a world full of uncertainty, research is therefore crucial in helping to understand and anticipate socio-economic changes in our partner countries. Thanks to this research, AFD can better take into account the emerging risks in the changing contexts of our partner countries.
The “Research, Innovation & Knowledge” strategy was adopted in April 2019 and covers the period 2019-2022. Its goal is to help better guide AFD Group’s partner countries in their trajectories towards more sustainable development. It is based on four commitments:
- giving priority to research with local roots in the regions and countries where AFD Group operates;
- focusing the research agenda on the interactions among the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): growth, climate and biodiversity, inequalities, and social link;
- strengthening support for innovation and experimentation;
- better evaluating the effectiveness of the Group’s projects, publishing its evaluations, and striving to be a learning organization.