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 PDF icon 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*

4.5 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

Sahel and Lake Chad: EU Trust Fund for Africa has assisted over 57,000 people in developing income-generating activities and nearly 499,000 people have participated in conflict prevention and peace building activitiesGIZ
NEWS | 15 July 2019

Sahel and Lake Chad: EU Trust Fund for Africa has assisted over 57,000 people in developing income-generating activities and nearly 499,000 people have participated in conflict prevention and peace building activities

Thanks to the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa in the Sahel and Lake Chad region, more than 11,700 jobs have been created and nearly 15,000 individuals have benefited from professional training or skills development since the launch of the EUTF in November 2015. Approximately 42% of the jobs created...

Niger: Mogherini meets vulnerable migrants who speak about their stories and vital EU-IOM supportIOM
NEWS | 12 July 2019

Niger: Mogherini meets vulnerable migrants who speak about their stories and vital EU-IOM support

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met and spoke this week with a number of women migrants in "Bobiel 2", the International Organization for Migration's transit center for women in Niamey, Niger.

With financial support from the European Union, the transit center allows women and girls to receive shelter, food, water,...

6th-EUTF-BoardmeetingEuropean Union
NEWS | 12 July 2019

Strategic meeting of the Board : What's next for the EUTF for Africa?

The European Commission convened the sixth meeting of the Board of the EUTF for Africa on 14 June 2019:

The Board expressed strong support for the developments of the EUTF for Africa and the remarkable results emerging from the monitoring and learning systems in place. Most delegations recognised once more...

Graphic: Leykun
NEWS | 11 July 2019

"I thought it would be easy money" – Ethiopian Hanna (23) is one of many victims of trafficking supported by Timret Le Hiwot Ethiopia and the BMM programme

My name is Hanna (real name withheld). I grew up in a small village in Ethiopia. When I got to high school, many of my friends were going to Saudi Arabia to earn money. I thought it would be easy money. All my friends said I could make good money...

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