Angola is a lower middle income country in Southern Africa, currently undergoing a political transition. Since the change of leader in 2017, a new impulse for change is happening, with a political will to distribute resources more equally.
The EU’s cooperation with Angola is currently focusing on 3 priorities:
State capacity building – To foster Angola’s long-term stability, we promote good governance, democracy, and the rule of law, including anti-corruption measures, better resource planning and use, and a dialogue on human rights.
Job creation – To build a viable future for Angola’s youth, we support actions that boost job creation and encourage regional economic integration and enhanced trade and investment relations with Europe.
Economic diversification – We support the steps taken by the Angolan government to transform its economy and make it more resilient and diverse, to overcome its dependency on oil revenues.
In 2012, the EU and Angola signed the Joint way forward (JWF) to intensify their cooperation and in 2016, 4 priorities were agreed on:
peace and security
good governance and human resources
economic cooperation and trade
Our national indicative programme (NIP) under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) for the period 2014-2020 for Angola is in line with the country’s national development plan and complementing national/sectoral strategies. The 11th EDF NIP is being implemented via a project approach (no budget support) and focuses on 3 sectors:
water and sanitation
technical/vocational training and higher education
The mid-term review of the 11th EDF NIP concluded to the addition of 2 new focal sectors : economic governance and the creation of a dialogue facility.
Angola is part of the group of Portuguese-speaking African countries and Timor Leste (PALOP-TL group). As such, it benefits from funding allocated to this programme, notably in the fields of governance, employment, and capacity building.
Although a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Angola showed no interest in participating in the EU-SADC economic partnership agreement (EPA) signed in 2016.
Under the SADC and the EU regional indicative programme for Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, and the Indian Ocean (2014-2020), the country benefits from regional funding programmes notably in sectors like, peace and security, regional stability, regional economic integration, natural resources management, migration, wildlife protection, river management, maritime security etc.
Under the European instrument for democracy and human rights, we support civil society organisations acting for enhanced access to justice, civic education, good governance, and gender equality.
Angola also benefits from technical assistance under the Sustainable energy for all (SE4ALL) initiative, to establish a framework for a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the development of renewable energy projects in the country.