Decoding the News

Africa’s Economy in 2020: “A Reasonably Optimistic Vision”

In just over 100 pages, Africa’s Economy in 2020 describes the essential features of current macroeconomic trends as well as some of the broader structural challenges facing the African continent, including industrialization, urbanization, and debt build-up. Thomas Mélonio, the Executive Director for Innovation, Research and Knowledge at AFD, presents this informative compendium written by AFD researchers.
Africa’s Economy in 2020, La Découverte Editions, January 2020

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In-Depth Analysis

Demographic Transitions, Inequality, and Human Development

How have the demographic transitions played out in Sub-Saharan African countries during the past decade? To what extent are Africa’s economic and development trends linked to the indicators of demographic transition?
Demographic Transitions, Inequality, and Human Development: An Analysis of the Demographic Fact Sheets for 43 Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa
Research Paper No. 119

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Taking action for lasting irrigation projects

Implementing a strategy aimed at supporting irrigators improves the long-term sustainability of irrigation project outcomes. This recommendation is based on the evaluation of thirty-five years of irrigation projects.
Retrospective Evaluation of AFD’s Interventions in the Irrigation Sector | ExPost No. 81
(in French only)



Latest Publications

Financing TVET: a comparative analysis in six Asian countries - Korean Case Study

Over the last years, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) has been rising in the political agenda of both the international community and many governments around the world. This report presents the Korean Case Study...
Technical reports No. 57

Financing TVET: a comparative analysis in six Asian countries - Country Case Study: Viet Nam

Over the last years, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) has been rising in the political agenda of both the international community and many governments around the world. This report presents the Viet Nam Case Study...
Technical Reports No. 58

A single indicator of strong sustainability for development: Theoretical basis and practical implementation

This Scoping Paper discusses options and approaches for design of a single indicator of strong sustainability for development, in light of current proposals for sustainability indicators generally...
Research Paper No. 112

Making Food a “Common Good”: Lessons From Three Experiences to Fight Malnutrition

This publication shows that we must leave behind the illusion that the institutionalization of the right to food can solely rest on the goodwill of States. It signifies that we must work to promote commons, meaning multiple initiatives such as those carried out in civil society...
Research Paper No. 114


Indigenous Peoples and Climat Change: From Local
to Global

Indigenous peoples are present on all five continents and are on the front lines of climate change. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, an indigenous leader and environmental activist, presents in this conference the consequences of climate change on indigenous peoples, as well as actions and initiatives that are to be undertaken, and she voices her expectations regarding how development actors should respect and protect these fragile populations and their invaluable knowledge.

Ideas Forum

Is natural gas a solution to meet Paris Agreement goals in Latin America?

Are the electricity expansion plans in Latin America and the Caribbean consistent with Paris Agreement targets? A recent study suggests a massive transition to natural gas will only delay the problem.

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Are Africa’s Cities on the Verge of a Population Explosion?

The mushrooming megalopolises in the likes of Lagos and Kinshasa, whose population is slated to exceed 20 million people in 2030, are sometimes looked at with dismay. 

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Admissions to Microfinance Boulder MFT Are Now Open
4 - 15 May 2020, Marseille

The 16th edition of the annual French session of the microfinance training program is organized in partnership with AFD and Proparco. Join the community of MFT financial inclusion alumni!

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