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

238 108
Number of jobs created

3 616 K
Number of people receiving basic social services

166 722
Number of migrants in transit and forcibly displaced people protected or assisted

163 249
Number of people participating in conflict prevention and peace building activities

News & Stories

NEWS | 25 September 2018

Mobile clinic and first-aid training: Have a look at how the Better Migration Management (BMM) programme is protecting migrants in Djibouti and Sudan

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The Better Migration Management (BMM) programme is protecting migrants and providing them with better medical care. The programme is funded by the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa by the...

Students perform cultural dances during the competition at the national theater.
| 25 September 2018

Staying clear of violence and extremism: Watch how youth from Kampala slums raises awareness through dance, music and drama



Fourteen schools from slums of Kampala performed dance, drama and music acts at a festival held at Uganda's National theatre, to tell youth to “beera clear”, loosely meaning ‘stay clear’,...

13 participants from Kenya, Ethiopia, and Sudan attended with support of BMM at the seminar in Italy
NEWS | 25 September 2018

Officials from Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan attend training on human trafficking: "We established a network from the region which may be a starting point for future regional cooperation"

Thirteen participants from Kenyan, Ethiopian, and Sudanese police and investigation agencies attended a two-week course in Italy on “Trafficking in Human Beings”. On this occasion, Colonel Hamid Abdelshakor from Sudan said that "the training was a platform to showcase our work in this field and an opportunity to create a...

NEWS | 21 September 2018

Isatou, a young woman making waves in restaurant business

In The Gambia, it is said that a woman’s place is in the kitchen. Considering how long that notion has been around, you would think that The Gambia’s restaurant industry’s playing field would be more leveled. However, it is dominated by men but 21-year old Isatou Jobe is trying her...

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