The limits of the commons: The case of the Pacific
Opinion

The limits of the commons: The case of the Pacific

The management of ocean resources in the Pacific area allows Thierry Paulais to question the limits of the extend of the material common good. He bases his point on the analysis of the common pool resources.
Thierry Paulais
Water: “Women and men have differential roles, rights and responsibilities”
Interview

Water: “Women and men have differential roles, rights and responsibilities”

The rising consciousness of the inequalities between men and woman finds little resonance in the water and sanitation sectors for now. Sara Ahmed, specialist of water and gender equity questions, explains how women are at a disadvantage in these fields.
Sara Ahmed
Extractive industries: Has the time for transparency finally come?
Opinion

Extractive industries: Has the time for transparency finally come?

For the first time, French companies have published what they pay to the countries where they exploit natural resources. A major breakthrough in terms of transparency, which should pave the way for better governance in the extractive industries.
Quentin Parrinello
Inequalities in West Africa: urban-rural and North-South divides
Opinion

Inequalities in West Africa: urban-rural and North-South divides

Gilles Yabi, Founder of WATHI, the West Africa Citizen Think Tank, takes stock of the evolution of inequalities in the region. He analyzes the subregion’s North-South divide and advocates for more inclusive growth.
Gilles Yabi
Agricultural credit in Morocco: “Meso-credit, a high-potential innovation”
Interview

Agricultural credit in Morocco: “Meso-credit, a high-potential innovation”

Groupe Crédit Agricole du Maroc offers innovative financial solutions to meet the demand for agricultural credit in Morocco. It includes the development of a “meso-credit” portfolio, between microfinance and traditional bank credit.
Mustapha Ben El Ahmar, Mariem Dkhil
Madagascar: risks and successes of agricultural microcredit
Interview

Madagascar: risks and successes of agricultural microcredit

Access to agricultural credit and microcredit is still a problem in many Southern countries. In Madagascar, innovative solutions such as digital microfinance and agricultural micro-insurance are being developed to support farmers.
Serge Rajaonarison
Malian agriculture: “Subsidies need to be scaled up”
Interview

Malian agriculture: “Subsidies need to be scaled up”

Malian agriculture is actively supported by the State, in particular through the National Agricultural Development Bank of Mali. Its Managing Director and Chairman Moussa Alassane Diallo, calls for a win-win partnership with donors.
Moussa Alassane Diallo
Insecure settlements: 3 billion slum dwellers by 2050
Interview

Insecure settlements: 3 billion slum dwellers by 2050

In the world’s poorest countries, up to 90% of the population live in insecure settlements. The development of slum areas is a direct consequence of poor city planning and a lack of affordable accommodation.
Pierre-Arnaud Barthel
Digital revolution(s): Cities on the front line
Opinion

Digital revolution(s): Cities on the front line

Digital data has become a key resource to build sustainable and smart cities. For AFD’s Gwenael Prie and Pierre-Arnaud Barthel, development actors must step up efforts to integrate this new paradigm.
Gwenael Prié, Pierre-Arnaud Barthel
Sustainable urban development: let’s empower cities to take action!
Opinion

Sustainable urban development: let’s empower cities to take action!

The SDG 11 establishes sustainable urban development as a goal in itself. To take up this challenge, new kinds of international partnerships and a greater local autonomy are necessary.
Philippe Orliange
Public-private partnerships and development: the example of the hygiene sector
Interview

Public-private partnerships and development: the example of the hygiene sector

The Lifebuoy brand, part of the Unilever group of companies, is at the heart of a development private-public partnership aiming at promoting basic hygiene habits, such as soap handwashing, in rural areas of Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Avinish Jain
A social enterprise to improve access to electricity in Senegal
Interview

A social enterprise to improve access to electricity in Senegal

Young Belgian engineer Ruben Bäumer leads the Sénérgie initiative, a social enterprise that aims at improving access to electricity in Senegal by selling solar kits. He presents this project and analyses its potential and challenges.
Ruben Bäumer
Informality: A fresh approach for the New Urban Agenda
Opinion

Informality: A fresh approach for the New Urban Agenda

In the coming years, urbanization will mainly take place informally in developing cities. The New Urban Agenda is an opportunity to integrating informality into urban action.
Laure Criqui
Mercury and gold mining in the Guianas – cooperate or fail
Opinion

Mercury and gold mining in the Guianas – cooperate or fail

There has been growing awareness around mercury issues over the past sixty years, especially with regards to its strong negative impact on human health and the environment. To address these issues the Minamata Convention on Mercury was signed in October 2013. In the Guianas, this Convention won’t...
Laurent Kelle, Aiesha Williams, Laurens Gomes
The three prerequisites for progressive contract farming in Africa
Opinion

The three prerequisites for progressive contract farming in Africa

Can contract farming be an engine of sustainable development? Jean-Luc François (AFD) et Julien Lefilleur (PROPARCO) suggest three ideas to make it fairer to African farmers.
Julien Lefilleur, Jean-Luc François
Cities: Measure the climate impact of their policies to make them more effective?
Conference synthesis

Cities: Measure the climate impact of their policies to make them more effective?

For these commitments to be followed up by impacts, local authorities need to be able to identify and implement urban public policies which actually limit or reduce emissions. The choice between different options needs to be supported by decision-making tools. Do these long and costly approaches...
ID4D editorial staff
Sustainable development and tropical agriculture
Waste management : “Take account of informal actors”
Interview

Waste management : “Take account of informal actors”

In Southern countries, there is increasing demand for waste collection and management, with a positive impact on climate change. It calls for customized technical and social solutions. An interview with Pascale Guiffant, Sustainable Development Deputy Director for the French group Suez...
Pascale Guiffant
Forests: can REDD+ be a development instrument?
Conference synthesis

Forests: can REDD+ be a development instrument?

The REDD+ mechanism aims at reducing the CO2 emissions related to deforestation and forest degradation, and to encourage investments in sustainable development. In some countries however, it tends to foster the forest rent.
ID4D editorial staff
Fight against deforestation in the Sahel with environmentally friendly housing
Interview

Fight against deforestation in the Sahel with environmentally friendly housing

“A roof, a skill, a market”, this is the motto of the “Nubian Vault Association” (AVN) . In the Sahel, this French NGO advocates for sustainable and environmentally friendly housing, without wood, tin or concrete. An interview with Antoine Horellou, one of the main architects of this development...
Antoine Horellou
Understanding urban land markets in West Africa
Opinion

Understanding urban land markets in West Africa

Alain Durand-Lasserve, Maÿlis Durand-Lasserve, Harris Selod
Interview

"Sourcing palm oil without deforestation"

How to ensure that palm oil production respects the environment and does not cause deforestation? The French Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil, which was set up in 2013, includes companies that have pledged to source 100% certified sustainable palm oil by the end of 2015. This alliance has 11...
Laure Grégoire
Africa’s Cities: Scaling Up the Volume of Investment
Publication

Africa’s Cities: Scaling Up the Volume of Investment

The 2009 financial crisis demonstrated how closely local government finances and housing policies are intertwined with the financial systems and the economy as a whole. The ramping up of efforts to combat global warming and the prospects created by the COP 21 preliminary discussions have once...
Thierry Paulais
Sanitation: Crucial to putting an end to undernutrition
Interview

Sanitation: Crucial to putting an end to undernutrition

2.4 billion people do not have access to decent toilets, i.e. one third of humanity. To mark World Toilet Day, Génération Nutrition France is highlighting a causal factor of undernutrition that is too often neglected: the lack of sanitation. An interview with Claire Gaillardou, water sanitation...
Claire Gaillardou, Anne-Solenne Le Danvic

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