The EUTF for Africa helps addressing current crises in the Sahel and Lake Chad, Horn of Africa and North of Africa regions. It supports fostering stability and contributes to better migration management in line with the EU development-led approach to forced displacement.  The EUTF for Africa helps also 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.

Through the EUTF for Africa, the EU provides support to the three regions facing growing and continued challenges. These range from demographic pressure to extreme poverty, insufficient resilience to food crises and/or environmental shocks, weak social and economic infrastructure, institutional fragility and poor governance, insecurity, and in some cases open conflict, terrorism or violent extremism. These challenges have led to open conflict, displacement, irregular migration, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in human beings.



Our Strategic lines of action

The EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa has four lines of action, common to the three regions, as set out in our .

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:

  • Return and reintegration
  • Refugees management (Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework)
  • Completing progress on the securization of documents and civil registry
  • Anti-trafficking measures
  • Essential stabilization efforts in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel
  • Migration dialogues

In the North of Africa region, the Strategic Board agreed to focus on:

  • Protection of vulnerable migrants, assisted voluntary return and sustainable reintegration and community stabilization
  • Support to integrated border management
  • Support to labour migration and mobility
  • Support to improved migration governance

At its 5th meeting in September 2018, the Strategic Board confirmed these decisions.



Principles of intervention

The EUTF for Africa’s interventions are based on an integrated and evidence-driven approach. We coordinate our work with regional, national and local actors, as well as with the actions of other donor, in line with relevant EU and African strategic frameworks and action plans.



What guides our intervention? 

  • Strategic and efficient processes: our actions are embedded in political dialogues with partner countries, with specific policy approaches elaborated for each region to respond to particular challenges.
  • Local ownership and partnership: our programmes respond to the needs of partner countries' governments and local communities, with both being fully involved in the different steps of our programmes, from identification ,based on dialogue with relevant authorities and other stakeholders, to implementation at local level underpinned by an in-depth understanding of local contexts.
  • Speed and flexibility:  we are aiming at a swift and timely implementation of actions on the ground, and adjusting programmes where necessary to adapt to evolving trends or unforeseen circumstances.
  • Holistic, integrated and coordinated approach: we aim at achieving impact and building the resilience of vulnerable groups, through a balanced portfolio of programmes across a range of sectors, in full coordination with other humanitarian, development, governmental and private sector actors.
  • Do no harm principle: our programmes pursue a conflict-sensitive approach in the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions, thus minimising any unintended negative consequences, and maximising efforts towards peace and stability.
  • Strong research and analysis: we underpin our interventions with a solid evidence base, which allows us to understand the context in which we work and to inform our decisions, for instance in areas affected by or at risk of conflict or forced displacement, where trafficking and smuggling occur, or where social services and economic opportunities are lacking. This helps us also to identify the most suitable implementing partners at local, national, regional and international level.
  • Complementarity with and subsidiarity to other EU instruments and tools and/or donor interventions: our work aims at covering geographic and thematic gaps, which are not covered by other instruments or other development partners, including EU Member States. 



Policy approaches in the region