EU trust fund for Africa: flexible emergency tool, but lacking focus, say auditors

EU trust fund for Africa: flexible emergency tool, but lacking focus, say auditors

Photo source: Emergency Trust Fund (EUTF) from EC

The EU Emergency Trust Fund (EUTF) for Africa is a flexible tool for providing assistance in areas such as food, education, health, security and sustainable development, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. However, its objectives are too broad to efficiently steer action across the African regions, and the European Commission has encountered difficulties in measuring the extent to which the fund has achieved its objectives. The auditors also found weaknesses in its implementation and note that projects face similar delays to traditional development aid.