Agence Française de développement (AFd) is a development finance institution
that has been working to fight poverty and foster economic growth in developing
countries and the French Overseas Communities for more than seventy years. It
executes the policy defined by the French Government.
AFd is present on five continents where it has an international network of
71 agencies and representation offices, including 9 in the French Overseas
Communities and 1 in Brussels. It finances and supports projects that support
more sustainable and shared economic growth, improve living conditions for
the poorest, contribute to protecting the planet and help stabilize fragile or
It subsidiary, Proparco, supports private investment.
AFd also works with French and international academic networks to feed into
debates and forward planning on development.
In 2011, AFd approved nearly €6.9 billion to finance activities in developing
countries and the French Overseas Communities. The funds will help get 4 million
children into primary school and 2 million into secondary school; they will also
improve drinking water supply for 1.53 million people. Energy efficiency projects
financed by AFd in 2011 will save nearly 3.8 million tons of CO² equivalent annually.
AFD Group finances development projects in more than 90 countries on four continents. The Group boasts a network of 70 in-country field offices and bureaus, including nine offices in France's overseas provinces and one in Brussels. Among the Group's 1,742 employees, 711 work in the field offices.