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Supporting the agricultural sector in fragile contexts

Claire Fillatre Proparco
Fariza Chalal Proparco
Quentin Elie Proparco
The financing needs of the agriculture sector in fragile situations are all the more significant as they are poorly covered by commercial banking services. However this finances are essential to support staple food production, contribute to the sustainability of producers’ incomes, structure local value chains and reduce dependence on imports. Nevertheless, the overlapping risks inherent to the sector and the different contexts constrain the mobilization capacities of development financial institutions.
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The challenge of energy supply and energy bills in fragile countries: the example of Nigeria

Olivier Leruste Afrigreen
Nuru - République démocratique du Congo
Fragile countries like Nigeria have to contend with a high level of energy insecurity - a result of their many social, economic, security and health challenges. Energy supply solutions are limited for the private sector, and diesel generators are often used to replace a faulty or expensive electricity grid. Photovoltaic solar energy is a valuable alternative, however, its adoption is often delayed by regulatory uncertainty, unpredictable changes in grid prices and exchange rate fluctuations.
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Development finance institutions: how to operate in fragile countries?

Thomas Husson Proparco
Emma Sanchis Peris Proparco
Development finance institutions (DFIs) are increasingly called to invest in fragile countries, facing a diversity of challenges linked to security, economic and environmental issues. The private sector has a highly diversified, informal and resilient presence in these regions. How can DFIs provide support in such contexts, while ensuring that their impact is a positive one?
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The transformative role of the private sector in forced displacement

Michel Botzung IFC-UNHCR joint initiative
Camp de réfugiés
The world is currently facing a forced displacement crisis. Forced displacement has shifted in scale, and its increasingly protracted nature calls for development approaches that extend beyond the prevailing care and assistance approach. Yet, within development approaches, we believe in private sector-led solutions in forced displacement contexts.
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Tackling the dual challenge of urbanisation: support from the private sector

Salim Bensmail Meridiam
Urbanisation - Kenya
All twenty-first century cities have to both meet the essential needs of their populations and adapt to the effects of climate change. In emerging countries, this dual challenge is being exacerbated by constantly increasing rates of urbanisation. To cope with this situation, we need to foster partnerships between the public and private sectors, as demonstrated by the projects supported by Meridiam.
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Project preparation funds: an effective solution for unlocking investment in sustainable infrastructure in Africa

Samuel Lefèvre AFD Group
Kampala (Ouganda)
Financing of essential local services and sustainable infrastructure in African cities is not sufficient to meet current demand. Project preparation funds can provide both preliminary technical assistance and project support for resilient urban development programmes. In doing so, they facilitate both decision-making and financing, especially from private stakeholders.
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Improving energy efficiency and minimising the effects of climate change in the hospitality sector

Ram Lokan Kasada Capital Management
Hospitality is one of the most energy-intensive sectors in real estate. In many markets in Africa, energy represents a significant burden on profitability, yet the sector has never fully embraced energy-efficient solutions, due to high costs, fear of inconveniencing guests, and a lack of demonstrated savings. Kasada is innovating to change the mindsets of property owners across the continent.
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Enabling Africa’s digital transformation with world-class technology

Chris Wood West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC)
Numérique Afrique
A partnership between Proparco and pioneering digital network and data company WIOCC is contributing to enabling Africa’s digital transformation. The initiative is creating a world-class technology environment for Africans to use to build better lives and better businesses. This includes local digital content creation, engaging users and promoting inclusive development.
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Implementing Smart Cities in Africa: a project framework

Simina Lazar AFD Group
Smart Cities
According to the International Telecommunications Union and the UN, a smart city is, “... an innovative city that uses … ICT and other means to improve quality of life, efficiency of urban operation and services, and competitiveness, while ensuring ... economic, social, environmental as well as cultural aspects”. Back in 2019, ASToN programme sought to implement this vision. Questions arising included: how does this apply in real contexts, specifically African cities, often in the face of scarce infrastructure and urgency? The following feedback is from this flagship initiative.
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Financing and supporting the transition to clean public transporation in Colombia

Francisco Lozano Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional
Green Movil
The challenge facing Colombia in its transition to clean energy (including electric) public transportation is largely structural: transportation networks are managed independently by the cities, resulting in a lack of integration. The resultant redundancies need to be addressed, along other structural issues, such as contracting, making the clean energy transition viable and fundable.
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