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The Pan-African Programme provides dedicated support to the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership and is the first ever EU programme in 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 constitutes 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 a budget of €845 million for the period 2014-2020.

Aligned with the Roadmap 2014-2017, the Pan-African Programme focuses on five key areas of cooperation between Africa and the EU, 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.

The added value of the Pan-African programme builds on 3 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 therefore the clear link with the Strategic Partnership
  • The financial complementarity with other instruments such as the European Development Fund (EDF), the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) thematic programmes.

In July 2014, the EU launched the first phase of the Pan-African Programme with a total allocation of €415 million for the period 2014-2017.

As of August 2016, the total allocated funding of this instrument amounts to over 300M€ implemented through 25 projects.

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Annual Action Programme 2017

Project name Project factsheet EU contribution (Million EUR)
Contribution to the African Investment Facility in support of continental economic integration across Africa   70
Classifying goods for African trade   5
EU contribution to the African Legal Support Facility   5
EU - Africa Safety in Aviation   5
Policy and Regulation Initiative for Digital Africa (PRIDA)   7.5


Annual Action Programme 2016

Project name Project factsheet EU contribution (Million EUR)
Intra - Africa Academic Mobility Scheme II   10
LIVE2AFRICA: Pan-African Support to the AU-IBAR for a Sustainable Development of Livestock for Livelihoods in Africa   20


Annual Action Programme 2015

Project name Project factsheet EU contribution (Million EUR)
Enhancing African capacity to respond more effectively to Transnational Organised   14.5
Strengthening the African Human Rights System    10
Engaging Civil Society in PanAfrican Issues 20
Contributing to the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting   5
Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme   10
Geological cooperation - Support to the EGS-OASG partnership   10
Satellite Navigation in Africa (EGNOS)   4.7
Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES)   26.5
African Union Support Programme III (AUSP3)   45.15
Support measures   0.5
Total   146.35


Annual Action Programme 2014

Project name Project factsheet EU contribution (Million EUR)
Increasing the AU’s Capacity in Election Observation 6.5
African Union Research Grants II 10
Harmonisation of higher education 5
Support to the Panafrican Master Consortium for Interpretation and Translation   4.7
Africa Connect 2 20
Support to Africa-EU Migration and Mobility Dialogue 17.5
Panafrican statistics 10
Contribution to the African Legal Support Facility   5
EU-Africa Infrastructure Support Programme 6
Pan-African Financial Governance Programme 5
Support to Africa Transport Policy Programme (SSATP) - Development Plan 2014-2018 (SSATP DP3) 8
Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) Support Mechanism II and Communication Strategy 9.5
Total   107.2

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