In Asia, where Proparco is very active, its financing, like its parent company, aims to promote green and inclusive growth.

To this end, Proparco’s operations focus on projects that contribute to the fight against climate change (renewable energies and energy efficiency), urban development (waste management, transport, housing…), strengthening social services (health and education), as well as to structuring agro-industrial sectors and microfinance.
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A demographic and economic giant that will determine the future of the planet
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The continent

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A demographic giant

Asia is today home to more than half of humanity. The region is a demographic giant and also an engine for the world economy: it accounts for a third of world GDP.

But this rapid growth leads to rising energy needs and increasing pressure on the natural environment and biodiversity. Asia is today the world’s main source of greenhouse gas emissions, which are responsible for climate change.

The region also faces unprecedented social challenges, related to its exponential urbanization and the poverty of its populations, which remains marked: Asia is home to two-thirds of the world’s poor. There is, in addition, a considerable infrastructure deficit: 1.7 billion people do not have access to sanitation facilities and 680 million to electricity.

Proparco's action

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Promoting low-carbon economies and reducing inequalities

Proparco's action in Asia is in line with AFD's regional strategy. Its objective is to contribute to growth that respects the environment and regional balances.

Proparco finances projects that help to :

  • reducing the environmental footprint of Asian growth through the development of renewable energies (solar, wind, biomass, hydropower) and energy efficiency in buildings, transport, industry, etc. ;
  • social cohesion and access for the poorest people in low- and lower-middle income countries to essential goods and services such as water, health, education and training;
  • developing responsible microfinance, in particular through financial intermediaries to promote financial inclusion and self-employment;
  • improving agro-industrial production in the least developed countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, etc.) to promote their development in the face of the major emerging countries and increase their capacity to meet local food needs.
€396 M
commitments for Asia in 2022
17 %
of commitments in Asia in 2022
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