Agence française de développement : Studies and Knowledge – April 2022 📚

Building bridges, drawing inspiration and innovating together, AFD puts innovation at the heart of its spring!

May will be a month of innovation for AFD Group. From May 9 to 13, the « Spring of Innovation » will offer many internal events for agents to stimulate creativity, open up to new horizons and innovate in favor of the SDGs. This week will end with a computer challenge open to all on the theme of “Artificial intelligence (AI) at the service of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”

  AFD Spring of Innovation: Hackathon on artificial intelligence!   In partnership with the Institut Supérieur d’Électronique de Paris and UNEP, AFD will launch a Hackathon from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 May to help computer science students find an artificial intelligence model to identify the degree taking into account the 169 targets of the 2030 Agenda in the documentation of a project on Sunday evening. This approach is part of the group’s desire to bring the data and sustainable development worlds closer together in order to find new solutions at the frontier of these sectors. This challenge is also an opportunity to introduce students to AFD professions and to innovate in our approaches.
  Register to the Hackathon on artificial intelligence on ISEP Website ! #Inequality
Reducing Inequality: Why Working Together is No Longer Just an Option?

An op-edpublished co-signed by Koen Doens (European Commission), Rémy Rioux (AFD), Antón Leis (AECID), Kunal Sen (UNU WIDER), Jean Van Wetter (Enabel) and Jürgen Zattler (BMZ) in the Global Policy Journal on March 15th, 2022. This article is adressing the time limit to reach the goals of the 2030 Agenda and how vital it is to pursue a new model of partnerships, based on coordinated responses, if we are to reach our international commitments and reduce inequality for all by building sustainable, inclusive and resilient societies.

  Read the article CALL FOR RESEARCH PAPERS Save the date 
Strong Sustainability Trajectories Conference
 AFD launches a call for research papers

  On December 7, 8 & 9, 2022, AFD is organizing its 15th International Research Conference on Development, on the theme “Strong sustainability: are Net Zero development trajectories sustainable?”

A call for research papers has been launched to fuel discussions during the Conference’s Academic Days.

Applications are open until June 15th, 2022.
  Submit your research papers before June 15 here ! INTERESTING READS Latest Publications Impacts of CBAM on EU trade partners: consequences for developing countries      This article analyses the impact of the introduction of the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) on the European Union (EU) trade partners, focusing especially on its potential socio-economic and external consequences for developing and emerging economies.  
Research Papers No. 238 National Public Development Banks (PDBs): Key Actors Financing Water and Sanitation? Today, more than 2 billion people still do not have access to safe drinking water, and more than 3.6 billion people do not have access to sanitation. In many countries, climate change is increasing the risks related to the water cycle, the quantitative & qualitative pressure on water resources threatens people & ecosystems. Lack of access to water & failure to sustainably manage water resources have dramatic consequences in terms of health, gender equity, the economy, and the environment 
Policy Brief No. 12
Special Focus  Focus on Latin America & the Caribbean  From May 26 to June 11, France celebrates the 9th edition of Latin America and the Caribbean Week. We invite you to discover some of our latest publications on the region & more.  
  Labour market trajectories and conciliation efforts among female Uber drivers This article examines female Uber drivers’ labour trajectories, paying attention to the way in which gender-based occupational segregation is reproduced and/or challenged in the context of the platform. It also asks how female drivers balance between paid labour and care responsibilities. The analysis focuses on the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on platform female drivers work-life balance. The article uses qualitative interviews with Uber female drivers, finding that the entry of female drivers into Uber comes with a significant challenge to the gender division of labour in Argentina.  
Research papers No. 237
Precarisation or Protection? The Impact of Digital Platform Labour on Argentinean Domestic Workers in Times of Pandemic    The article analyses how the platform economy affects the domestic service sector, focusing particularly on the issue of workers’ formalisation. It looks at Zolvers, the only digital platform for domestic workers in Argentina, and uses a mixed method approach to inspect workers’ relationship between jobs in and out of the platform
Research papers No. 235 EVENTS AND CONFERENCES Save the date
AFD Conference on the Role of Public Development Banks (PDBs) in transitions

How do development banks engage in sustainable development?

  On the occasion of an Inaugural Special Issue on Public Development Banks published by the Review of Political Economy (ROPE) we invite you to join an AFD hybrid conference online and onsite on May 17th, 2022. To attend or follow the event online, please register here 
More information on the publication: 
The Institute for New Structural Economy (INSE) Press Release
  Information & Registration to the conference on PDBs
International Symposium: Cultural Third Spaces? Towards new means of cooperation between Africa and France
  On May 17, 2022, the first symposium dedicated to Cultural Third Places in Africa and France will be held in Marseille, at the initiative of the AFD Campus and the Friche la Belle de Mai.

This event will welcome leaders of Third Places from many African and French countries, thinkers and professionals who will come to feed the debates and meetings, such as Achille Mbembe, philosopher, Gabrielle Halpern, philosopher and Noël Corbin, Delegate General for Transmission, Territories and Cultural Democracy (Ministry of Culture) which will close the day of the round table.
  Register to attend online Register to attend onsite in Marseille Research Conversation Webinar
Strong environmental sustainability and international commitments: setting the right targets to preserve ecosystems
  Organized by AFD, this research conversation online on how we can define relevant and effective targets to monitor and implement national commitments towards environmental sustainability will be held online on April 27 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (CET)
  Register to attend online
COP15 on desertification Abidjan
May 9-20th
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eCommerce Week 2022 
Data & Digitalization for Development

April 25-29th

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  Video Is agroecological intensification possible in the Sahel?  On the occasion of the COP 15 Desertification Philippe Roudier, researcher at the French Development Agency (AFD), presents here the possible applications of the principles of agroecology in Eastern, Western Africa and in the Sahel, as a possible response to the fight against the advance of the desert in the region.