The European Commission has adopted five new programmes worth over €141 million under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.
Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica said: "Our new EU programmes, worth €141 million, are particularly focusing on important opportunities for young people. They will furthermore support our G5 Sahel partners to strengthen development and stability in border areas, as well as help us to save more lives and fight human traffickers, who take advantage of vulnerable people's despair. We also continue our actions to support partner countries to better manage migration and to develop civil registries. Those needs do not decrease, and the resources from the EU Trust Fund are quickly depleting”
At the regional level, two programmes totalling €75 million will seek to shore up stability and youth participation in the G5 Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger). A new €70 million Emergency programme will increase people's access to social services in border areas. The programme was designed under the Sahel Alliance and responds directly to the needs voiced by the G5 Sahel countries under the Priority Investment Programme. Another €5 million will ensure the implementation of the second phase of “The Voices of young people in the Sahel” programme, which was launched in 2017 and contributes to integrating youth organisations into the processes of designing and implementing development and social policies.
A new €7.6 million programme in Niger will further boost migrant protection on migratory routes and support host communities. Also in Niger, the ongoing AJUSEN budget support programme in the justice, security and border management sectors will receive an additional €10 million to continue this work.
In Senegal, a €9 million initiative will help tackle criminal networks that are linked to irregular migration, migrant smuggling and human trafficking, and enhance regional cooperation in this area.
In Côte d'Ivoire, a new programme worth €30 million will support the country's ongoing efforts to create a coherent and robust civil registry system that will help improve the management of public policies, enable people to exercise their fundamental rights and improve their access to public services, including the facilitation of voluntary return and the sustainable reintegration of migrants.
Last but not least, the Technical Cooperation Facility covering all Trust Fund regions and the Research and Evidence Facility covering the Sahel and Lake Chad and the North of Africa regions have been reinforced with an additional amount of €12 million. In line with the evidence-based approach under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa to ensure strategic and efficient interventions, this additional funding will facilitate more studies and research, as well as technical support when necessary.
The five programmes adopted today bring the total number of programmes adopted since December 2015 for the Sahel and Lake Chad region to 91, with a total value of €1.7 billion.
The EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa was established in 2015 to address the root causes of instability, irregular migration and forced displacement. Resources currently allocated to this Trust Fund are €4.1 billion from EU institutions, European Member States and other donors.
Today's assistance adds to the 165 programmes already approved across the three regions (North of Africa, Sahel and Lake Chad region and Horn of Africa), worth a total of €3,157 million. These funds were divided up as follows: Sahel/Lake Chad €1,549 million (86 programmes); Horn of Africa €1141.3 million (58 programmes); North of Africa €467.1 million (17 programmes). This amount includes 4 cross-region programmes (€145.1 million).
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Previous sets of actions approved
- Sixth package of actions in the Sahel and Lake Chad under the EU Trust Fund for a total amount of €173 million approved in May 2018
- Joint operational Committee for the Sahel and Lake Chad, North of Africa and Horn of Africa windows approves a package for a total amount of €150 million in February 2018
- Fifth package of actions in the Sahel and Lake Chad under the EU Trust Fund for a total amount of €274.2 million approved in December 2017
- Fourth package of actions in the Sahel and Lake Chad under the EU Trust Fund for a total package of €381 million approved in December 2016
- Third package of actions in the Sahel and Lake Chad under the EU Trust Fund for a total package of €146 million approved in June 2016
- Second package of actions in the Sahel and Lake Chad under the EU Trust Fund for a total package of €280 million approved in April 2016
- First package of actions in the Sahel and Lake Chad under the EU Trust Fund for a total amount of €100 million approved in January 2016