French Development Agency
Grants to civil society organizations in France and developing countries for projects in biodiversity, water, agriculture, and energy
Principal Office: France
The French Development Agency (Agence Française de Developpement, AFD) is the main implementing body for France’s bilateral development assistance. The AFD is jointly administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Finance, and Industry.
AFD implements a range of social and economic projects in over 70 developing countries and in Overseas France. AFD uses a wide range of financial instruments including grants, loans, loan guarantees, equity, and debt reduction contracts.
Among several program areas, those most relevant in the Terra Viva Grants Directory are water and sanitation; agriculture and rural development; and environment (i.e., energy and climate change, biodiversity conservation, and others).
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
1 — Co-Finance of French NGO Programs and Projects. AFD co-finances French development NGOs for field projects, framework programs, and initiatives to increase development awareness.
About co-finance of NGO programs and projects, and how to apply
2 — Sectoral Innovation for French and International NGOs (FISONG). FISONG is open to French and international NGOs for projects that reflect innovative ideas in development. AFD issues annual calls for proposals on themes defined jointly by AFD in consultation with Coordination Sud (i.e., the French platform of development NGOs).
The topics for FISONG are mainly in capacity building and innovation of French development assistance through pilot projects.
3 — Local Small Grants in Developing Countries. These are administered through AFD’s country offices, which normally connect with the French diplomatic missions. Local grants support activities in AFD’s priority sectors, and they often complement existing projects.
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
The countries of AFD’s intervention are indicated below, applying the regional geographical classification of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.
Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam
East Asia: China
South Asia: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Eurasia and Central Asia: Afghanistan, Turkey
Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
Sub-Saharan Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Rep of Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tome and Principe, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Latin America and Caribbean: Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Peru, Suriname
Note: The French Overseas Territories are within AFD’s mission, but they are not included above as countries in the definition of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.
AFD’s website is available in French and English.
AFD funds the Micro-Projects Agency. This is a guide to funding for French residents and associations in support of their international projects.
Coordination Sud (the French National Association of NGOs) is AFD’s main consultation partner in deciding annual funding priorities under FISONG. Coordination Sud offers a large website, events calendar, calls for proposals, various publications and newsletters, and other information resources.
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