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What is the Pan-African Programme?

The Pan-African Programme provides dedicated support to the Africa-EU strategic partnership and is the first ever EU plan for development and cooperation that covers Africa as a whole. It supports projects with a trans-regional, continental or global added-value in areas of shared interest, and offers new possibilities for the EU and Africa to work together.

Established in 2014, the Pan-African Programme is one of the main EU financial instruments for the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. The programme is funded under the EU's Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) with an allocated budget of EUR 845 million for the period 2014-2020.

In the period 2014-2017, the programme committed more than EUR 400 million to build mutually beneficial projects for the EU and Africa. Aligned with the Roadmap 2014-2017, the Pan-African Programme focuses on five key areas of cooperation between the two continents, namely:

  • Peace and security
  • Democracy, good governance and human rights
  • Human development
  • Sustainable and inclusive development and growth and continental integration
  • Global and cross-cutting issues.



In 2018, the second phase of the Pan-African Programme was launched for the period 2018-2020 with funding of EUR 400 million. Contributing to the implementation of the strategic priorities identified at the 5th AU-EU Summit of November 2017, the programme now focuses on three key areas of cooperation between Africa and the EU:

  • Political dialogue and pan-African governance
  • Education and skills, research and technology
  • Continental economic integration.

The added value of the Pan-African Programme builds on three main criteria:

  • The cross-regional, continental or global dimension of projects and programmes in areas ranging from sustainable agriculture and environment to higher education, ICT and research;
  • The joint interest of Africa and the EU and as such a the clear link to the strategic partnership;
  • The financial complementarity with other instruments like the European Development Fund (EDF), the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and the Development Cooperation; Instrument (DCI) thematic programmes.

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The added value of the Pan-African Programme

Cross-regional or continental in dimension

A joint interest in Africa and the EU

Complements other financial instruments

Continental Economic Integration

Infrastructure /Integrated Markets

Contribute to regional integration through the development of resilient infrastructure. Facilitate intra-African trade and European investments.

Investing in people

Skills for youth/Higher education/Science, Technology and Innovation

Enhance young people's employability through improved job-oriented education and training and recognition of skills. Modernise higher education institutions in Africa and improve the employability of students and their mobility across the continent and with Europe.

Political Dialogue and Pan-African Governance

Strengthen the Africa-EU Partnership through increased political dialogue and engagement. Contribute towards the development of an accountable, responsive and effective system of good governance at the pan-African level.

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