The EU has committed a further €800 million to support the African Union in its efforts to promote peace, security and stability on the continent.
The Chairperson of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, announced the EU support on 22 July, which will focus on four areas:
First, the African Peace and Security Architecture will be strengthened. Second, support will be provided to African Union efforts for a continental Human Rights and international humanitarian law compliance framework. Third, an Early Response Mechanism will provide the African Union with quick funding to finance preventive diplomacy initiatives, mediation activities and fact-finding missions. Finally, the EU funds will support African-led peace support operations, such as the Multinational Joint Task Force against Boko Haram, the African Union Mission to Somalia, and the G5 Sahel Joint Force.
The investment is part of the African Peace Facility (APF), the main tool for implementing EU-African Union cooperation on peace and security. The replenishment is directed to continue with the implementation of the African Peace and Security Architecture and African-led efforts to “Silencing the Guns by 2020”. Since its creation in 2004, the APF has supported peace and security in Africa with over EUR 2.7 billion.