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


, 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

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

Mediation for youth in Kwa
NEWS | 22 March 2019

Promoting Peaceful Resolution to Local Conflict in Northeast Nigeria

The crisis in Northeast Nigeria is now in its tenth year and 7.1 million people remain in need of humanitarian assistance. The violent crisis is the result of ongoing armed conflict between state actors and non-state armed groups, which has produced widespread unrest for civilians. As of January 2019, an...

Au Burkina Faso, cloture des ateliers de validation des 18 premiers référentiels métier / formation / certification
NEWS | 22 March 2019

Au Burkina Faso, cloture des ateliers de validation des 18 premiers référentiels métier / formation / certification par le Ministère de la Jeunesse et de la Promotion de l’Entreprenariat des Jeunes

Mercredi 6 mars 2019 dans la grande salle de réunion du stade du 4 aout, après 3 jours d’un travail intensif, les 18 groupes mobilisés dans la conception des référentiels métier/ formation / certification de 18 premiers Certificats de Qualification de Base ont validé sous la présidence du Secrétaire général...

From vulnerable to resilient: the PARSE project supports young Cameroonians’ entrepreneurial ambitions
NEWS | 22 March 2019

From vulnerable to resilient: the EUTF supports young Cameroonians’ entrepreneurial ambitions

The ‘Project to Support the Socio-economic resilience of Vulnerable Youth’ (PARSE), based in Garoua, continues to empower the disenfranchised youth living in the three northern regions of Cameroon. These regions are faced with a substantial unemployment and underemployment problem, plaguing particularly the young.

Initiated at the end of 2016, PARSE...

Smart et son groupe posant fièrement avec un de leurs tricycles
NEWS | 15 March 2019

Smart, l'histoire d'un succès

Smart a parcouru un long chemin depuis son arrivée au centre de transit de l'OIM à Niamey, au Niger, en octobre 2016. 
Il avait l'air fatigué et terrassé, mais malgré tout heureux d'être vivant et désireux d'être à nouveau avec sa famille.

Il y a quelques années seulement, il avait...

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