ACTED, one of the main French humanitarian NGOs active in some 35 countries, is committed to responding to emergencies, building disaster resilience, promoting inclusive and sustainable growth, and strengthening civil society, effective governance and social cohesion. In the framework of its activities, support to powerful poverty alleviation tools, such as income generating activities, economic development and microfinance, have become an obvious angle of intervention. Positioned at the crossroads of development dynamics, ACTED has become aware of the necessity to push for increased synergies between development activities, technological innovations, international financial instruments, individual initiatives and public policies, while building partnerships with actors from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds. As the main initiator of the Convergences platform, ACTED hopes to promote greater efficiency, responsibility and impact towards reaching the MDGs and defining the Sustainable Development Goals.
Agence Française de Développement
The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is a public development finance institution that has been working to fight poverty and foster economic growth in developing countries and the French Overseas Communities for seventy years. It executes the policy defined by the French Government. In 2013, AFD committed €7.8 billion to projects in developing and emerging countries and in the French Overseas Provinces. These AFD-financed projects will provide schooling for children, improve maternal health, support farmers and small businesses, and bolster access to drinking water, transportation and energy. These newly-funded projects will also help mitigate climate disruption by abating nearly 3.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent annually. www.afd.fr
Crédit Coopératif is a co-operative bank, that has been owned by its clients, social economy enterprises for over one hundred years. It assists and supports the creation and development of co-operatives, mutual organisations, small businesses, trade associations and work committees. Crédit Coopératif has developed specialised skills in many business areas: companies, institutional clients and retail customers are offered a full range of services and products ranging from different types of credit to asset management and direct banking. Crédit Coopératif also builds long term partnerships at the international level to sustain the development of the Social Economy. www.credit-cooperatif.coop
Mairie de Paris
For the fifth consecutive year, the City of Paris is hosting the annual Convergences World Forum to support initiatives that enable the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. In accordance with the partnership agreement of 2009 with the Millennium Campaign of the United Nations, Paris is open to implementation through funding programmes to combat AIDS, to ensure access to drinking water and sanitation, and to protect natural resources. Through the United Cities and Local Governments, the City is also engaged in gender protection. www.paris.fr