Agence française de développement : Studies and Knowledge – July 2023 📚

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Decoding the News
A look back at the Summit for a New Global Financial Pact 
AFD experts provide you with their insights   On June 22 and 23, 2023, France hosted an international conference for a New Global Financial Pact. Have a look at the op-eds published by our AFD experts on the issues highlighted by the Summit including initiatives to lay the foundations for a renewed international financial system that reconciles economic development with poverty reduction, fight against climate change and biodiversity preservation: 
Paris hosts summit to secure debt relief and climate cash for developing countriesWhile budgetary margins and debt sustainability in a number of countries have been undermined by a succession of recent crises, the need for funds that promote low-carbon development, as well as adaptation to increasing climate disruption, is as pressing as ever.
Modelling Economy for a Sustainable Future (Video)How can macroeconomic modelling enable decision-makers to understand the economic impacts of climate change and the potential effects of planned transition policies?
MDB Accelerator – Climate shocks and debt service suspension in low and middle-income countries: Rethinking the climate-debt nexus through facts an numbersIn a context of heavy financing constraints in developing countries, the principle of debt service suspension in the aftermath of climate shocks has been placed at the top of the international financial architecture agenda. What do we learn from quantifying both the financial impact of climate shocks and debt service figures?
 July 15th :World Youth Skills Day
AFD & ILO reaffirm their commitment
to young people training & employment opportunities in Africa  

In the current post-Covid-19 context and global economic crisis, young people, particularly in Africa, are facing increasing difficulties in training and access to employment. To address this urgent need, the ARPEJ initiative launched in 2019 by the AFD and the International Labour Organization (ILO). 

In Congo, this work was complemented by a representative employment survey for young people  with the aim to inform about the transition to the labour market of Congolese youth and to update the employment data that dated from 2015. Read more 

“Innovations for Development »
From July 5 to 12, as part of the Summer School « Innovations for Development », J-PAL Europe and the AFD, in collaboration with the Fund for Innovation in Development (FID), are pleased to host a series of six keynote lectures open to the public and delivered by renowned researchers.

As part of the « Development Methodologies » Professorship held by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Co-Founder of J-PAL, and winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics, a summer school for African researchers and project leaders will take place from July 4 to 7, 2023 in Rabat on the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University campus.


Understanding the circumstances and analyzing long-term trends are essential for improving the quality of our operations and their impact using a country-specific approach. This is the purpose of the studies and research carried out by AFD using a multi-disciplinary approach, in close collaboration with our partners in the Global South.  Read the full 2022 activity report Consult the infographics

INTERESTING READS How Accurate are Retrospective Survey Data?
Evidence from Rural Ethiopia

Development actors are always seeking reliable and cost-effective methods to assess the impact of their programmes. To evaluate programmes for which no pre-intervention data are available evaluators often rely on retrospective survey questions to reconstruct the baseline situation. This article explores the accuracy of such retrospective survey data, using data from two surveys among women in rural Ethiopia. Cecilia Poggi, AFD Researcher, co-signed this article in the Journal of Development EffectivenessRead the article 

Latest Publications 
The Commons
Drivers of Change and Opportunities for Africa 
The Commons, co-published by AFD and the World Bank,  explores the many forms of development being championed by Africa’s residents, users, and citizens.  The purpose of this book is to examine the tensions, drivers of change, and opportunities that surround commons dynamics in Africa. This book highlights the abundance of commons-based entrepreneurial processes in Sub-Saharan Africa and shows that partnerships between African public authorities and communities involved in the commons can be powerful drivers of sustainable development for the continent. For the first time an overview of this publication is available in Swahili Read the full publication in English A Scoping Review of the Vulnerability of Nigeria’s Coastland to Sea-level Rise and the Contribution of Land Subsidence
Research Papers n°284 A Scoping Study on Coastal Vulnerability to Relative Sea-level Rise in the Gulf of Guinea.

Coastal elevation assessment and literature reviewResearch Papers n°283
Vulnerability of Ghana’s Coast to Relative Sea-level Rise: A Scoping Review 
Research Papers n°282
Can Colombia cope with a Global Low Carbon transition? Research Papers n°285
Climate Change, Loss of Agricultural Output and the Macro-Economy: The Case of Tunisia 
Research Papers n°286

08-09/11: AFD Conference: Inequality Work and Nature 
Thanks to a collaboration between the South African Presidency, the EU-AFD Research Facility on Inequalities and the University of Cape Town the inaugural conference on Inequality, Work and Nature will take place on 8-9 November 2023. 
When8-9 November 2023 
Where: Online & Onsite at University of Cape Town, South Africa 
Language : English & French More on the conference

Research Conversations 12/07: Balancing Conservation and Community Welfare
Enhancing the Management of Marine Protected Areas in IndonesiaWhat policies are needed to reduce poverty and inequality in these areas? Let’s discuss these policies and the governance of maritime development and conservation in Indonesia.
.When: Wednesday 12 July 10.00 am – 11.30 am
Where: Online
Language : English 
Register to the webinar

Video Replay of the conference
 » Learn, Innovate, Share : Artificial Intelligence Fostering the 2030 Agenda  » 

 By bringing together experts in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and sustainable development, the conference debated the extent to which AI can foster the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

This event also marked the official launch of the SDG Prospector’s website, an AI-based solution developed by the research team at AFD. 
Watch the replay