FIFA and the French Development Agency (AFD) signed an agreement to develop collaboration for the implementation of various social projects related to football, including the development of women’s football and the Football for Schools Programme.
FIFA and the AFD will implement joint programmes to promote football as a sport for all and invest in local infrastructure. These programmes will run alongside existing programmes by the AFD and other projects in member associations.
The agreement was signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and AFD CEO Remy Rioux at a ceremony at the Élysée Palace in the French capital, Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron also attended the ceremony.
The AFD will promote women’s participation in sport and partner with FIFA to implement FIFA’s new strategy for women’s football.
FIFA adopted a strategy for women’s football in October 2018 to develop the women’s game and using football as a unifying factor to bring about positive societal change, fight inequality and empower girls and women globally.
“I am confident that the AFD-FIFA alliance will help to showcase women’s sport as a strategic development objective in Africa. This compelling agreement is already paving the way for inventive solutions on the ground such as “playdagogy” projects designed to ensure that young Africans will not only benefit from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development, but also become key advocates of SDGs,” AFD CEO Remy Rioux said.
FIFA aims to reach over 700 million children globally through its Football for Schools Programme and invest $120 million over the next four years with the main aim of making football more accessible to children and contributing to their education, social development and empowerment.