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

199 489
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

17-year old John-Thomas Gama in his classroom in Uganda
NEWS | 23 March 2018

The Accelerated Learning Program: improving integration through education

At Maniki primary school in Adjumani, 17-year old John-Thomas Gama is following the Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP) financed by the EU Trust Fund for Africa and implemeted by Save the Children. John-Thomas is a South-Sudanese refugee who arrived in Northern-Uganda one year ago. “I am learning how to write and...

NEWS | 22 March 2018

Empowering Youth through business activities

“In our group, we started with personal savings where each member contributes Ksh40 per week totalling Ksh160 per month. Kenya Red Cross trained us on financial management through which we opened an account with Equity Bank,” explains Salim Masha, a member of the Bongo Ngombato Youth Group.

“As a group,...

NEWS | 22 March 2018

Supporting teachers to improve access to education

Like many teachers in South Sudan, Mr. Ladu Awak*, head teacher of a primary school in Juba, South Sudan's capital, faces many challenges: as well as low and irregularly paid salaries, teachers struggle with shortages of teaching materials and often hold lessons under trees due to the lack of classroom space....

EUTF Annual Report 2017
NEWS | 21 March 2018

The 2017 Annual Report of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa is available

The 2017 Annual report of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa has been adopted by the Operational Comittee on 2 March 2018. It outlines the current state of affairs and the achievements of the Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons...

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