Stéphanie Leyronas

Research Officer at AFD

2 published articles

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Stéphanie Leyronas studies relations between commons preservation and development dynamics.

Her research focuses on the way in which the commons approach calls development assistance into question. Given the mixed views about the effectiveness of public governance and market dynamics, the commons provide a theoretical framework and proposes a number of operational cases to move away from the public/private dichotomy. The commons approach urges us to understand countries’ and regions’ transitions in a holistic manner (ecological, social, economic) and emphasize issues which otherwise, are likely to be neglected, such as biodiversity, health, education and security.

Stéphanie Leyronas joined AFD in 2000. For nine years, she was responsible for appraising and monitoring water and sanitation programs financed in a number of countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and was subsequently appointed Deputy Director of AFD’s Water and Sanitation Division in 2010. She joined the Research Department in September 2014.

Stéphanie Leyronas studied at the Mines ParisTech school and holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science (with a major in developing countries) from the National Institute of Agronomy of Paris-Grignon (INA-PG / AgroParisTech).

ID4D Articles


Groundwater, a common good that calls for our urgent protection

Pressure is growing on groundwater throughout the world, especially from agricultural use. A “silent revolution” has been occurring, for a long time invisible but now increasingly manifest. It is essential that we contain it as soon as possible.


How Fablabs contribute to the digital challenges in Africa?

Fablabs serve at the same time as production, creation and prototyping workshops, hands-on training spaces and facilitators of social ties. They contribute to reducing the traditional head-on opposition between “knowing” and “doing”.


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