Françoise Rivière, an economist in the Research Department at Agence Française de Développement, is in particular responsible for the research program on development models in the French overseas territories. She also coordinates studies on “gender and development”, including on the economic empowerment of women. She holds a PhD in Development Economics from the University Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her initial research focused on the link between public expenditure on infrastructure and education and endogenous growth, from a macroeconomic and microeconomic perspective. She subsequently conducted several missions for various institutions (Ministry of Education, Ministry of Research, DATAR – Directorate for Town and Country Planning and Rural Action, Réunion Region…) and has published several articles on economies in the southwest Indian Ocean (including Mauritius and Madagascar) and the economies of the French overseas territories. Prior to joining the Research Department, Françoise Rivière was deputy director of the Economic Observatory Division at the French Overseas Departments Issuing Institute (IEDOM-IEOM) where, from October 2008 onwards, she drafted and coordinated several studies (cyclical, macroeconomic, thematic), some of which were prepared under the CEROM partnership (AFD, INSEE, ISEE, ISPF, IEDOM-IEOM).