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

Au Burkina Faso, le FFU soutient la soutenir la formation des réseaux de coordination de femmes égale pour renforcer durablement la résilience des communautés vulnérables à l'insécurité alimentaireLVIA, Action Contre la Faim, Oxford Committee for Famine Relief, Humanity & Inclusion, Terre des hommes
NEWS | 19 July 2019

Au Burkina Faso, le FFU soutient la formation des réseaux de coordination de femmes pour renforcer durablement la résilience des communautés vulnérables à l'insécurité alimentaire

Dans la province du Yagha, au Sahel, le consortium RESA s’est engagé à renforcer la capacité des institutions locales et des communautés à assurer la bonne gouvernance de la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle. Pour atteindre son objectif, appuyer les coordinations de femmes de Boundoré, Sebba, Solhan et Titabé est essentiel....

In the Gambia, young entrepreneurs are being trained to become the main engine for growth and economic development ITC - International Trade Center, ENABEL - Belgian Development Agency, Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr, GK Partners, GIZ
NEWS | 19 July 2019

In the Gambia, young entrepreneurs are being trained to become the main engine for growth and economic development

The Gambia International Trade Fair is increasingly recognised as a major platform to promote new businesses in many economic sectors, such as fashion and craft, agribusiness, IT, media, construction, food, tourism, beauty, and wellness. The 13th edition took place from 6th to 28th April 2019 in Banjul at the Stadium...

With the income from her sewing and jewelry-making businesses, Ummaima supports her family.  Mercy Corps
NEWS | 19 July 2019

With her sewing and jewelry-making businesses, Ummaima supports her family

Behind the black, metal doors of small storefront on a busy street in Gombe, Ummaima gently strings pink and blue beads on a long thread, a necklace she is making under the supervision of her instructor, Solonia, the local artisan who owns the jewelry shop. She is quiet — the...

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...

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