The Pan African Programme

Any donor
European Union
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Thematic focus: 
Tourism in general
Human Rights in Tourism
Policy and Governance in Tourism
Trade, Investment and Competitiveness in Tourism
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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. The Pan-African Programme is administered by the European Commission, DG International Cooperation and Development.

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Geographic focus


Who can apply?

  • Partner countries and regions, and their institutions;
  • Decentralised bodies in the partner countries (municipalities, provinces, departments and regions);
  • Joint bodies set up by the partner countries and regions with the Community;
  • Non state actors;
  • International organisations; and
  • EU agencies.

Objectives and activities

Objective: The goal of the Pan-African Programme is to foster Africa's integration process at continental level.

Activities: 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. 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. For example: support to improvement in civil aviation safety (EGNOS-Africa): “the aviation sector is vital for socio-economic development, promotion of international trade, tourism and regional integration”; and
  • Global and cross-cutting issues.

Type and level of funding

In July 2014, the EU launched the first phase of the Pan-African Programme, which will fund projects for the period 2014-2017, with a total allocation of EUR 415 million. Financial assistance is provided in the form of grants.