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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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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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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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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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