Adoption date 13/12/2017

Erasmus+ in West Africa

The Erasmus+ programme actively contributes to improving the quality and international dimension of academic institutions in the region and supports the availability of qualified high-level professional youth in West Africa. The support provided by the EUTF for Africa to Erasmus+ in 2017 led to a significant increase in the number of student and university staff exchanges between Europe and 12 West African countries. In total, 88 project partnerships between European universities and universities in the region were targeted in 2018 leading to 1,005 academic exchanges.

The Erasmus+ in West Africa programme originally approved in December 2017, has been reinforced in December 2018 with an additional support of 6 million euros for the Sahel and Lake Chad region. This complementary action will build on existing practices and mechanisms under Erasmus+ and enlarge its geographical scope to the Horn of Africa with an additional 4 million euros.

For more information on the 2018 complementary support to Erasmus+ in West Africa and the Horn of Africa, please refer to: https://ec.europa.eu/trustfundforafrica/region/cross-window/regional/era...

Main objectives

SO1: Support West African learners in the acquisition of learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and competences) with a view to improving their personal development, their involvement as considerate and active citizens in society and their employability;
SO2: Support the professional development of West Africans who work in education, with a view to innovating and improving the quality of teaching and training;
SO3: Increase the capacities, quality, attractiveness and international dimension of participating organisations so that they are able to offer activities and programmes that better respond to the needs of individuals and contribute to the harmonisation of programmes and curricula;

This action in numbers

139
Number of people benefiting from professional trainings (TVET) and/or skills development
1,11 M
Financial volume of new funding instruments for scholarships or self-employment
288
Number of people benefitting from legal migration and mobility programmes

Contracts