European Union Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa (EUTF for Africa) was set up to enable the EU, its Member States and donors to respond to the different nature and dimension of crises in eligible partner countries.
It helps addressing the root causes of destabilization, forced displacement and irregular migration by promoting economic and employment opportunities, as well as combating smuggling of migrants and trafficking in human beings. It supports stability and contributes to better migration management in line with the EU development-led approach to forced displacement.
Its structure, which allows for a joint and flexible response, has permitted to deliver concrete and swift results on the ground in complementarity with development programmes implemented under the EDF and other instruments, humanitarian assistance, stabilisation and crisis response assistance and CFSP/CSDP actions.
The EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa has four lines of action, common to the three regions, as set out in our strategy.
The Strategic Board of the EUTF for Africa reviews at each of its meetings the strategic priorities to reflect evolving needs and emerging challenges and inputs received from different stakeholders.
At its 4th Meeting in April 2018, the Strategic Board agreed to focus on six priority areas in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel/Lake Chad:
In the North of Africa region, the Strategic Board agreed to focus on:
At its 5th meeting in September 2018, the Strategic Board confirmed these decisions.
• Strategic and efficient processes through political dialogue with partner countries and approaches adapted to specific challenges
• Speed and flexibility to ensure swift and timely implementation as well as adaptive programmes to changing contexts
• A holistic, integrated and coordinated approach for maximum impact
• Local ownership and partnership to understand local contexts and respond to partner countries and beneficiary communities' needs
• An evidence-based approach in order to understand drivers, dynamics of migration, and to map out responses.
• A Do-no-harm or conflict-sensitive approach to maximise development actor's contribution to peace and stability.
• Principles of subsidiarity and complementarity with other EU instruments and donors.