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A World in Common

This is the new slogan adopted by the AFD to inspire all its teams. Building a fairer and more sustainable world – a world in common that leaves no one behind – implies six major transitions, both here and over there, in the social, energy, territorial, digital, civic and economic spheres. And achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) depends on succeeding in these transitions. To do so, we must respect the particularities of each country and the diversity of development choices, but at the same time intensify collective action, exchanges and partnerships in order to build solutions together that benefit all.
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Power Transformation Station in Vietnam

Energy transition

Finding the path towards sustainable energy

Access to sustainable energy for all people at an affordable cost is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015. Yet, one out of five people in the world is still deprived of electricity. All countries are also committed to adopting sustainable forms of consumption and production.

In a world with limited resources, energy production is thus a major economic and societal issue.

Building a world in common is thus reconciling development and the fight against climate change. At AFD, we are supporting the transition towards economic models that emit less CO2 but that also make it possible to supply electricity for everyone.


The energy transition and the SDGs

A little girl closes the classroom door in Uganda

Demographic and social transition

Investing in human capital

In recent decades, hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of impoverishment. At the same time, inequality has grown and vulnerability intensified, especially for displaced persons, women and young people, etc. How can we resolve this? By improving access to basic services such as education and health care. The key to this is to reduce poverty, social exclusion and inequality, but also to ensure improved citizen participation and the emergence of middle classes.

For this transition to be a success, massive investment in human capital is needed. AFD is working along with its partners in developing and implementing public policies that include training and vocational insertion for youth, the strengthening of health systems and social protection, and measures to promote gender equality.


Demographic and social transition and the SDGs

BRT line in Curitiba, Brazil

Territorial transition

Building sustainable territories, in cities and the countryside

Cities already contain more than half the world's population. By 2050, they will be home to two-thirds of humanity. The two major challenges of the 21st century are, on the one hand, rapid urbanization, and, on the other, loss of economic vitality and erosion of biodiversity in rural territories.

Reconciling sustainable urban and rural territorial development with real preservation of natural resources must be a priority. To help its partners, AFD provides direct support for local stakeholders (municipal administrations, communities, institutions). The aim is not only to build and manage cities that are fairer, more environment-friendly, accessible and open to everyone, and safe, but also to preserve natural spaces and revitalize rural territories.


Territorial transition and the SDGs

Entreprendre Medibateau Network in Tunisia

Digital transition

Democratize access and provide support to stakeholders and ecosystems

More than 5 billion people use a cell phone. Throughout the world, new technologies are transforming all aspects of life: work, education, health, access to information, business, and participation in social and civic life.

Digital technology can be a tremendous tool in reaching the SDGs faster. By overcoming distances, it can, for example, offer unique opportunities in the fields of health care, education or agriculture. However, it also generates new challenges…. To support its partners in a digital transition that leaves no one behind, AFD has set itself a dual objective: improving facilities locally to democratize access to digital technology, as well as providing support to entrepreneurs, incubators and regulators. Technologies must benefit everyone.


Digital transition and the SDGs

National Institute of Judicial Training of Côte d'Ivoire

Political and civic transition

Reducing vulnerabilities and strengthening governance

More than 1.5 billion people live in countries affected by violent conflict. Helping to anticipate, prevent and overcome crises is now one of the priorities of development assistance. Ensuring peace, stability and access to justice, as well as setting up effective governance based on rule of law, is one of the 17 SDGs.

In crisis situations, AFD takes action just after emergency relief and security intervention, to back up French diplomacy. The objective is to help people overcome the shocks they are faced with and to enable them to put their lives back in order by themselves. But AFD's intervention especially occurs upstream, by financing quality public policies that reduce vulnerabilities and by helping to reinforce civil society and governance.

Political and civic transition and the SDGs

immeubles, ville, paysage urbain

Economic and financial transition


Supporting economic and financial transition firstly means assisting the transformation of the economy to increase the added value produced. To ensure there is continuous growth in incomes, create jobs, guarantee macroeconomic stability and meet the basic needs of populations, AFD Group supports structural transformations which generate long-term productivity gains, such as the expansion of digital technologies and low-carbon energy. 

Supporting economic and financial transition also means assisting in the creation of social and environmental added value to reduce inequalities and access shared prosperity. 

AFD Group works to assist entrepreneurship and support the financial inclusion of vulnerable populations in order to create new economic opportunities. 
It promotes the social and solidarity-based economy, social entrepreneurship and initiatives led by non-profit operators with public service missions. Finally, AFD Group promotes the mobilization of all economic actors in order to maximize their contribution to the SDGs.

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