The EU’s cooperation with Africa on peace and security is one of the pillars underpinning the AU-EU relationship. Peace and security remain key conditions for sustainable development and are as much in Africa’s interest as they are in the EU’s.
The African Peace Facility (APF) is based on the principle of African ownership. It was created in 2003 in response to a request made by African Heads of State and Heads of Government at the Maputo AU Summit. Its overall objective is to support peace, stability and security in Africa and provide the basis for sustainable development.
The annual report 2019 gives a general overview of the APF instrument, including its origin, policy context, priorities, legal basis, evolution and current challenges. It also provides an update on the activities and achievements under the three main components of the APF from January to December 2019: the African-led peace support operations, the capacity-building activities, and the Early Response Mechanism. The final part of the report describes the management of the APF with a focus on monitoring, communication and visibilities activities in 2019.