Pan-African Programme

Pan-African Programme

The Pan-African Programme provides support to the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership and is the first ever EU programme in development and cooperation that covers Africa as a whole. It supports projects with a trans-regional, continental or global added-value in areas of shared interest, and offers new possibilities for the EU and Africa to work together.

Established in 2014, the Pan-African Programme constitutes one of the main EU financial instruments for the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. The programme is funded under the EU's Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) with a budget of €845 million for the period 2014-2020.

In May 2018, the second phase of the Pan-African Programme was launched for the period 2018-2020 with an amount of €400 million. Contributing to the implementation of the strategic priorities identified at the 5th AU-EU Summit 2017, the programme focuses on three key areas of cooperation between Africa and the EU:

  • Political dialogue and pan-African governance

  • Education and skills, research and technology

  • Continental economic integration.

The added value of the Pan-African programme builds on 3 main criteria:

  • The cross-regional, continental or global dimension of projects and programmes in areas ranging from sustainable agriculture and environment to higher education, ICT and research.
  • The joint interest of Africa and the EU and therefore the clear link with the Strategic Partnership.
  • The financial complementarity with other instruments such as the European Development Fund (EDF), the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) thematic programmes.


In July 2014, the EU launched the first phase of the Pan-African Programme with a total allocation of €415 million for the period 2014-2017. The Programme then focused on five key areas of cooperation between Africa and the EU, aligned with the Roadmap 2014-2017 namely:

  • Peace and Security
  • Democracy, good governance and human rights
  • Human development
  • Sustainable and inclusive development and growth and continental integration
  • Global and cross-cutting issues.

From August 2016, the total allocated funding of the programme amounted to over 300M€ implemented through 25 projects.


Programming documents