Our mission

The European Union Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa (EUTF for Africa) aims to foster stability and to contribute to better migration management, including by addressing the root causes of destabilisation, forced displacement and irregular migration.

We implement activities across three regions of Africa – the Sahel and Lake Chad, the Horn of Africa and North Africa.

We work with twenty six partner countries, which are facing growing challenges in terms of demographic pressure, extreme poverty, weak social and economic infrastructure, internal tensions and institutional weaknesses, insufficient resilience to food crises and environmental stress.

The consequences of such complex challenges are hugely varied and interconnected. Among others, they include open conflict, forced displacement, irregular migration, criminal activities and lawlessness, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in human beings, radicalisation and violent extremism.

As detailed in our factsheet, we focus on:

  • Economic development programmes addressing skills gaps, and improving employability through vocational training, and supporting job creation and self -employment opportunities with a focus on strengthening micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs)
  • Strengthening resilience for improved food and nutrition security, in particular for the most vulnerable, as well as refugees and IDPs
  • Improving migration governance and management, including addressing the drivers of irregular migration, effective return, readmission and reintegration, international protection and asylum, legal migration and mobility, and enhancing synergies between migration and development​
  • Supporting improvements in overall governance, in particular by promoting conflict prevention, addressing human rights abuses and enforcing the rule of law


Selected targets*

3.3 Bn
EUR pledged

199 479
Number of jobs created

5 470 K
Number of people receiving basic social services

151 032
Number of migrants in transit and forcibly displaced people protected or assisted

135 016
Number of people participating in conflict prevention and peace building activities

News & Stories

Ali Hassan working in his workshop - @Ruth Sarmwei
NEWS | 19 April 2018

Drug Menace in Coastal Kenya - The Story of Ali Hassan

“Many youth are idle and their greatest desire is to have jobs or a source of livelihood but unemployment is a major challenge. This make the youth a soft target to drug barons and others,“ explains Ali Hassan. Many young people in Kenya, especially in the coastal parts of the...

Maja Ali's capentry workshop - @Aga Khan Foundation
NEWS | 18 April 2018

Providing opportunities and inspiring young people in Coastal and Northern Kenya.

“If I hadn’t joined a youth group, I myself may have joined al-Shabaab,” explained Noor Dahir, the charismatic Director of a Lamu Island-based youth group Kiunga Youth Bunge Initiative.

Lamu Island, known for its pristine beaches, laid-back atmosphere, and UNESCO world heritage town has until recently been spared much of...

Hasna Ali
NEWS | 17 April 2018

From pastoralism to tailoring: Hasna tells her story of resilience

“We were pastoralists; we were very affected by the drought. It finished all of our livestock,” says Hasna Ali from Aysha, Ethiopia. Hasna lost all her livestock in a drought, forcing her to settle in the town. “In times of drought, we used to migrate to the green area, so...

NEWS | 17 April 2018

5000 jeunes et professionels formés aux métiers portuaires, du transport et de la logistique à Djibouti

Plus de 5000 jeunes et professionnels vont être formés dans un centre d’excellence dédié aux métiers portuaires, du transport et de la logistique financé par le Fond fiduciaire pour l'Afrique et l'Agence française de développement à Djibouti. Aujourd’hui la première phase hors des murs permet déjà la formation d’une centaine...

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