Fund for Innovation in Development – FID

10 December 2021 from 09:00 to 18:00 CET

AFD Group invites you to participate in a conference dedicated to human rights and development. First international event to bring together such a wide range of development actors to discuss these issues, it will provide an opportunity to collectively set out the current framework and challenges in this area, as well as to review the main lessons learned and good practices identified in terms of integrating the human rights-based approach to development (HRBA).


Discours d'ouverture : Présentation du Fonds d'Innovation pour le Développement
  • Esther Duflo, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fund for Innovation in Development (FID)
Panel 1 : Financer les innovations aux premiers stades de leur vie: amorçage et structuration vers l'impact
  • Project teams
    • CassVita : Improving the conditions of cassava farmers in Cameroon
      • Pelkins Ajanoh, Founder, CassVita
    • Social Broker : Reinsurance for Informal Association with nano Financing Schemes
      • Omer Zang, President, Social Broker
    • BMTA&C : Reducing post-harvest losses with a new solar refrigeration technology
      • Sara Benlafqih, Co-founder and CEO, BMTA&C
    • Heal by Hair : Hairdressers as ambassador for mental healthcare
      • Marie Alix de Putter, President, Bluemind Foundation
  • Jean Michel Severino, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of I&P, member of the FID Board of Directors
Panel 2 : Promouvoir le dialgoue entre l'innovation et la recherche
  • Project teams
    • MAIA: Evaluation of a mosquito-repellent ointment on malaria and the well-being of children and mothers
      • Franck Langevin, Co-Founder, Maïa Africa Sas
      • Elodie Djemai, Lecturer in Economics, University of Paris-Dauphine and Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
      • Yohan Renard, PhD student in Economics, University of Paris-Dauphine and Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
    • ISED: Navigating health for the most vulnerable in Senegal
      • Adama Faye, Director, Institute of Health and Development
    • CELL-ED: Promoting adult education on mobile phones
      • Jenny Aker, Professor of Development Economics Tufts University 
  • Thomas Mélonio, Executive Director Innovation, Strategy and Research, French Development Agency
Interventions de clôture : Passer à l’échelle et transformer les politiques publiques
  • Hervé Berville, Deputy of the French Republic and member of the Board of Directors of FID 
  • Cina Lawson, Minister of Digital Economy and Digital Transformation in Togo

Practical info 

Subject to the evolution of health conditions, the event will be held in a hybrid format, both in-person (subject to having a health pass) and by videoconference, in AFD's auditorium Mistral, in Paris.

Considering the current health situation, be aware that to participate in-person to the conference, you will be required to present a health pass via QR code proving that you have either been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19. Participants will be required to wear a mask.



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