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 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*

4.1 Bn
EUR pledged

173 160
Number of jobs created

5 586 K
Number of people receiving basic social services

167 915
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

Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i of the Kenyan the Institute of Migration Studies (KIMS) announced that it will become “the regional go-to place”.
NEWS | 14 December 2018

EUTF – through the Better Migration Management programme – launches Kenya Institute of Migration Studies and post-graduation for migration officers from all IGAD member states

The Government of Kenya and the European Union officially launched the Kenya Institute of Migration Studies (KIMS) together with representatives from GIZ, IOM, European and Regional embassies at the University of Nairobi on 11 December 2018.

The KIMS is the regional centre of excellence for migration studies, affiliated with the...

| 13 December 2018

Emergency Trust Fund for Africa: new actions worth €134 million approved for the Horn of Africa

The European Commission has adopted eleven new programmes for the Horn of Africa under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica said: "These new EU programmes, worth over €134 million in all, have two crucial aims. First, they will create lasting solutions for...

Lancement du Programme Archipelago au Sénégal
NEWS | 12 December 2018

Archipelago : 15 millions d'euros pour améliorer l'emploi des jeunes dans la région Sahel et Lac Tchad

M. Mamadou Talla, Ministre de la Formation professionnelle de l’apprentissage et de l’artisanat et Mme Cécile Tassin Pelzer, Chef de la Coopération de l'Union européenne (UE) ont procédé ce jour, au lancement du programme régional Archipelago. Il s'agit d'un programme quadriennal visant à améliorer l'employabilité et l'intégration des jeunes sur...

NEWS | 30 November 2018

Italy, EU, UNDP and UNICEF partner with Presidential Council in €50 million programme to support basic services in 24 Libyan Municipalities

Tripoli, 29 November 2018 – Italy, the European Union, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) joined representatives of the Presidential Council (PC) and the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli for the first meeting of the Steering Committee of the programme “Recovery,...

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