EU-Africa cooperation on infrastructure, which aims to increase European and African investment in infrastructure and related services, is a cornerstone of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. To support its implementation, the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund was launched in 2007 by the EU together with its member states and the European Investment Bank (EIB).
The Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) was launched at the Africa–EU Summit in Lisbon in 2007 and sets out the intention of both continents to move beyond a donor/recipient relationship towards long-term cooperation on jointly identified, mutual and complementary interests. It is based on principles of ownership, partnership and solidarity and its adoption marks a new phase in Africa-EU relations.
Cooperation at a continental level between Africa and the European Union is guided by the Strategic Partnership, which is based on shared values and common interests. In 2007 the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) was adopted by both partners to forge stronger links between the two continents in key areas of cooperation, to deepen the political dialogue, and to provide a concrete road map for future joint work.
The Strategic Africa-EU Partnership
In response to a request by African leaders, the African Peace Facility (APF) was created in 2004 as an innovative instrument, which constitutes the main source of funding to support the African Peace and Security Architecture. Since its initiation the APF has been effective in backing African efforts in the area of peace and security on the continent by providing predictable aid.
A new Pan-African Programme will provide dedicated support to the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership.
The Programme is funded under the EU's Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) with a budget of €845 million for the period 2014-2020. It constitutes one of the main financial instruments for the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy.
Culture is an important sector of social and human development. It contributes to identity-building and self-esteem, fosters economic growth and social cohesion, and helps to promote political participation and ownership. It is shaped by specific values, traditions and behavioural patterns that need to be considered in all sectors of development when working with partner countries.
Culture has an important place in the EU’s development cooperation. The EU seeks to:
EU development aid supports a wide range of activities promoting culture and traditional heritage. The EU’s objectives in this area are to encourage cultural diversity, stimulate intercultural dialogue, facilitate people's access to culture and widen the scope to place cultural artefacts on markets abroad.
For the period 2007-13, the EU’s development action in this field is mainly financed through two types of instruments:
The European Commission uses several analytical tools in support of fragility and crisis managment.