The European Union Trust Fund for Africa
The European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) is a central part of the EU’s engagement on migration.
It has generated both high aspirations and serious concerns regarding its aims, activities, and relationship to broader trends in migration and development policy.
The EUTF’s stated goal is to “address the root causes of destabilisation, forced displacement and irregular migration”, an aim that is widely seen as unrealistic.
However, key actors have other ambitions for the fund. These include demonstrating action on migration in response to political pressure, incentivising African cooperation on migration management, and using the fund’s flexibility to develop innovative programming.