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Latest update : 2015-01-12

French Development Agency: A way to boost French business abroad?

One of the oddities of France is the way it manages its development aid. The system is somewhat fragmented, but at its heart is the French Development Agency, AFD. Some 30% of France's development aid transits through it.

We take a closer look at this curious hybrid - part aid agency, part bank - and we ask if the AFD is the right way for France to get aid to the places that need it most.
 

By Ali LAIDI , Marlène HABERARD

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Philippe ORLIANGE

Director of Strategy, French Development Agency

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2015-05-11 sport

Winning the Games: What's the recipe for Olympic success?

The Olympics is a giant shop window for the host nation, providing priceless publicity.

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2015-04-25 Netherlands

Weed and work: Could cannabis legalisation bring an economic jolt?

The debate on whether to legalise marijuana, and the health hazards associated with the drug, is a divisive one, and there are many strong opinions. But in recent years there's...

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2015-04-11 Solidarity

Interest before profit: Making money by saving the world

The private sector is increasingly entering the humanitarian field, flipping the conventional model on how to make a buck.

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2015-03-28 Americas

Race of ideas: is the US pulling away from France?

French intellectuals have helped to shape critical thought and Western philosophy. And France and French academic institutions used to attract thinkers from around the world. But...

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2015-03-14 agribusiness

Knowledge is money: Business intelligence changes Burkina Faso's cotton industry

”Knowledge is power” is a well-known saying. But knowledge is also money. In Burkina Faso, West Africa, business intelligence is key for the local cotton industry.

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