The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) (comprised of eight Eastern African countries), the European Union (EU) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) have signed an EUR 42 million agreement that will go towards IGAD’s peace and security programmes in the Horn of Africa region. This action, which covers a four-year period from 2018 to 2022, will help IGAD to improve its conflict early warning systems, become more skilled in mediation, and to counter trans-national security threats.
Ambassador Ranieri Sabatucci, the Head of EU Delegation to the AU stated "Nothing of the resources foreseen under this project can have any lasting effect unless they are used to support the political efforts by the leaders of the Region. Our guiding principle is 'African solutions to African problems'."
The agreement is one of many actions being funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, which was established to promote stability and address the root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons.