Towards new partnerships (AFD and foundations)


In 2018, the new partnerships and development funding mission sought to encourage exchanges between scientific and philanthropic networks, consolidate relationships with foundations close to IRD and with prospects, support governance, and guide researchers towards the collection of private funds.

There was a strengthening of partnerships with the French Funds and Foundations Centre, the Mérieux Foundation, the Fabre Foundation, the AXA research fund, the BNP Paribas Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Key figures


  • Health for all in 2030

    The “Health for all in 2030” seminar took place on 18 and 19 June 2018, at the Centre for Global Health in Annecy, in partnership with the Mérieux Foundation. Opened by Erik Orsenna and Professor Habiba Bouhamed Chaabouni, this seminar brought together 40 representatives of international foundations and 25 scientists. The conclusions of the seminar were reported in a column, published on 29 August 2018 in French newspaper Le Monde, and supported by figures including Samuel Le Bihan (actor and president of the Earthwake Foundation), Xavier Darcos (president of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation), François Debiesse (Admical president), Jean-Christophe Rufin, Jean-Michel Séverino, etc.

  • Invest in the philanthropy

    Publication of the one-page practical guide “Investir la philanthropie”dedicated to donors, on the website, and publication of resources for researchers online.

And in the future?

  • Renewal of the framework agreement with AFD
  • Advocacy work targeting foundations and major donors from emerging countries and rising powers, and European and Anglo-Saxon foundations
  • 9-10 July, Annecy: third annual seminar for philanthropists and scientists on “Climate and biodiversities in a changing world”
  • Support for researchers on the One Planet Fellowship Programme