Our mission

The 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

187 901
Number of jobs created

5 536 160
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

Training on Guidance and Counselling promises new hope for returnees
NEWS | 17 January 2018

Training on Guidance and Counselling promises new hope for returnees

A 5-day intensive Training on Guidance and Counselling for youth on Returnees’ Management was organised from 5 to 9 July at Bwiam ChildFund Lodge in Foni Kansala District, West Coast Region. The Counselling training is part of the collective efforts of the Gambia Government and its development partners to tackle...

Des migrants de retour de Libye sont accueillis par l'UE et l'OIM
NEWS | 11 January 2018

Avec le soutien du Fonds fiduciaire d'urgence, l'OIM a permis d'accueillir 3 385 migrants de retour en Guinée en 2017

Le 7 décembre dernier, 167 migrants guinéens en provenance de Libye sont arrivés à l'aéroport de Conakry-Gbessia aux alentours de 00h45 du matin. Ils ont été accueillis par le Ministre de la Jeunesse de Guinée Monsieur Moustapha Naïté, les équipes de l'Organisme des Nations Unies chargé des migrations (OIM), du...

Horn of Africa, Health, BMM project, Djibouti, migrants, mobile clinic
NEWS | 05 January 2018

EU Trust Fund and IOM Launch Mobile Clinic for Stranded Migrants in Djibouti

Djibouti – The Ministry of Health of Djibouti in collaboration with IOM, the UN Migration Agency’s office in Djibouti have launched a mobile patrol programme on 12 December 2017 to assist migrants in all five regions of the country.

This activity will help to provide medical screenings and treatment for...

Children enjoying their school meal in Kalobeyei settlement primary school
NEWS | 05 January 2018

Feeding dreams for thousands of pupils in Kenya’s Kalobeyei settlement

The European Union and the World Food Programme (WFP) provide a daily hot meal to pupils, many of whom fled conflict in South Sudan.

Kalobeyei settlement, north-west of Kakuma refugee camps, is now home to 38,000 people, most of whom...

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