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 mentioned in the


, 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*

4.1 Bn
EUR pledged

167 760
Number of jobs created

5 450 K
Number of people receiving basic social services

103 183
Number of migrants in transit and forcibly displaced people protected or assisted

163 141
Number of people participating in conflict prevention and peace building activities

News & Stories

Smart et son groupe posant fièrement avec un de leurs tricycles
NEWS | 15 March 2019

Smart, l'histoire d'un succès

Smart a parcouru un long chemin depuis son arrivée au centre de transit de l'OIM à Niamey, au Niger, en octobre 2016. 
Il avait l'air fatigué et terrassé, mais malgré tout heureux d'être vivant et désireux d'être à nouveau avec sa famille.

Il y a quelques années seulement, il avait...

Mission de contrôle à Boukiling
NEWS | 15 March 2019

Au Sud du Sénégal : Un accès à la formation professionnelle renforcé grâce la construction de 3 nouveaux centres de formation

Trois centres de formation professionnelle (CFP) sont en cours de construction dans les régions de Sédhiou et de Tambacounda. Les communes de Goudiry, Sédhiou et Bounkiling ont été identifiées par le Ministère en charge de la Formation professionnelle et LuxDev pour abriter des infrastructures de dernière génération.

Les travaux de...

150 bulls distributed to Borno’s youth to provide them with a much-needed source of income and prevent radicalization
NEWS | 15 March 2019

150 bulls distributed to Borno’s youth to provide them with a much-needed source of income and prevent radicalization

Youth in Borno – Nigeria’s worst affected northeastern state – have had their livelihoods uprooted due to a decade-long crisis. In response to the overwhelming recovery needs of livestock-based households in the State, FAO is collaborating with the European Union to reestablish livelihoods in the sector. On 13 February, UN...
| 12 March 2019

Apply now to Sight-by-side: Looking for one Ugandan and one EU photographer to report on inequalities in Uganda

Inequalities may take many shapes and forms, shedding light on these can be the first step to reduce them. The Africa Trust Fund is looking for two young photographers with an original perspective, good conceptual skills and experience, to create a bigger picture of "inequalities in Uganda".

We will select...

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