Africa

In African countries – the priority for AFD Group and the French Government –, Proparco operates in all sectors. Its financing has two main objectives: fight against poverty and promote sustainable growth.
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Introduction

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A continent in economic development

For over ten years, Sub-Saharan Africa has been experiencing unprecedented social and economic dynamism, driven by external debt relief, the surge in commodity exports, economic and social reforms, the increase in foreign capital inflows and domestic consumption…

But there continue to be huge needs for housing, infrastructure, particularly for energy, and goods and services such as water, education and health. The benefits of growth over the last decade have not sustainably curbed poverty, malnutrition, child mortality

In this regard, Proparco focuses its support on infrastructure projects (especially for energy and transport), developing agriculture and the agro-industry, strengthening banking systems (national and pan-African) and the productive sector, particularly SMEs, as well as on developing high quality essential goods and services (water, health, education, vocational training…).

Financing

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Financing focused on key development sectors

Sub-Saharan Africa is the priority region for AFD Group’s activities, in line with the priorities defined by the public authorities. Since 2012, it has accounted for almost 50% of Proparco’s annual activity (portfolio of EUR 1.5bn).

Proparco supports the continent’s transition by operating in all sectors. Its financing specifically focuses on developing infrastructure that is essential for opening up territories, economic activity and improving living conditions for populations (conventional and renewable energies, roads, ports, railway networks, airports…).

Proparco also contributes to modernizing farms and agricultural and agro-industrial sectors by financing projects that help create employment for rural populations, develop processing and distribution activities, and reduce food imports.

In addition, Proparco is maintaining its commitment alongside national and pan-African financial institutions (banks, microfinance institutions, etc.). The aim is to increase their capacities to invest in key activities for development, particularly those of SMEs, and promote the participation of low-income populations in economic life .

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Proparco sectoral booklet

Our financing solutions for the private sector in Africa

Proparco has been working for the private sector and sustainable development for over 40 years. A su

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Nov 2019
Proparco sectoral booklet

Nos solutions de financement et d’accompagnement dédiées aux start-up et pme au Sénégal

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Jan 2020
Proparco sectoral booklet

Nos solutions de financement dédiées au secteur privé en Afrique centrale

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Oct 2019
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Introduction to Choose Africa

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Mar 2019
Institutionnal publications

Investing and supporting SMEs in Africa - 10 years of impact for FISEA

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May 2021
Institutionnal publications

Propulse - Health and education sectors

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Private Sector and Development

Private Sector and Development : Harnessing the private sector to reduce gender inequality

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Private Sector and Development

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Private Sector and Development

Video - SME finance in Africa: what's new? Edition no. 32 of Proparco’s magazine

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Videos

Choose Africa. In Côte d'Ivoire, Cissé Abdoul Aziz, the journey of the founder of Afribacom

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Teaser : presentation of Choose Africa Resilience

Teaser : Watch our video on AFD Group's solutions with two examples of entrepreneurs in Africa.

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Presentation of Choose Africa Resilience

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Dec 2020
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Presentation of Choose Africa Resilience guarantee

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Key Figures

Proparco Key figures - 2019

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Jul 2020
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Proparco Key figures - 2018

with EUR 1.6bn of commitments, PROPARCO, the Group's arm for financing private players, saw a +17% in

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Apr 2019
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Proparco Key figures - 2017

Proparco - Key figures - 2017

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May 2018
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Proparco Key Figures - 2016

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Jan 2017
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