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Monday, 14 November 2016

EU Trust Fund for Africa: the future for development

The EU Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing the root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa (EUTF) was launched one year ago. This paper examines how the EUTF has developed during its first year and the extent to which initial expectations and concerns regarding the trust fund are proving valid. It begins by examining the aims of the EUTF, identifying the different aspirations for the fund held by different actors and the extent to which it is likely to deliver on these. It also explores tensions around the financing and governance of the EUTF and the extent to which African partners have been involved in the trust fund. The paper goes on to look at the EUTF’s projects. These have so far had a relatively traditional development focus, although more migration management projects are now being planned. The paper identifies serious flaws with the project selection process and argues that these result in a choice of projects and implementers that are not necessarily the best fit for the trust fund’s goals or for local needs. The paper stresses that effective implementation of the EUTF will require drawing on existing knowledge and undertaking monitoring, evaluation and learning at multiple levels.