Joint Valletta Action Plan Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on November 14-15, 2018

On the 14th and 15th of November 2018, around 280 Senior Officials from across Europe and Africa met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The participants met to follow up on both the Joint Conclusions established during the Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) in Malta last year, and the progress made under the five domains of the Joint Valletta Action Plan (JVAP), adopted at the Migration Summit in Malta in 2015.

The "Support to Africa-EU Migration and Mobility Dialogue (MMD)" is an EU-funded project aiming to create a meaningful partnership on migration cooperation between Africa and Europe. Watch the video to learn more about the MMD and its components, which also include support to the Rabat Process.

The Joint Valletta Action Plan (JVAP) was adopted at the Valletta Summit on Migration in 2015 by the partners of the Rabat Process and the Khartoum Process. This infographic highlights the progress that has since been achieved by the involved stakeholders. The infographic provides up-to-date insights into the JVAP Database, which contains information about projects and policies in Africa and Europe, addressing the five thematic domains of the JVAP.

Paris, 23-24 October 2018, hosted by France and co-chaired by Senegal.
The root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement are a priority topic in the international cooperation between Africa and Europe. In light of the importance and complexity of the topic, the Rabat Process partners organised a Thematic Meeting exclusively focusing on the root causes of irregular migration in the Rabat Process region. The participating partner countries and stakeholders closely examined this multi-faceted topic and worked towards a common understanding and solutions. The meeting resulted in joint recommendations and conclusions by the co-chairs.

Forced displacement is a complex phenomenon that can be traced back to a multitude of interlinked root causes and triggers. The protracted humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Lake Chad Basin has led to one of today’s major forced displacement crises. Since 2013, it has already caused the displacement of over 2.3 million people - within and across state borders. The Boko Haram insurgency - one of the most well-known and major causes - is not the only responsible factor. This infographic by the Rabat Process Secretariat aims at untangling the complex root causes and triggers responsible for forced displacement in the Lake Chad Basin.

Since the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Rabat Process in May 2018, Burkina Faso fulfils the role of Chair of the Rabat Process Steering Committee for the duration of one year. In this capacity, the Ministry of African Integration and Burkinabè Abroad took the initiative to organise a coordination meeting to actively involve national stakeholders in the activities that Burkina Faso pursues during its chairmanship. To this end, a national coordination meeting will be held in Ouagadougou on 27 September 2018 to widely disseminate information about the Rabat Process.

The year 2018 is marked by several events of great importance for the Rabat Process partners, ranging from technical discussion fora to high-level political conferences. Consult the full calendar of dialogue activities and milestones of the Rabat Process in 2018.

After more than a decade of fruitful cooperation in matters of migration and development under the Rabat Process, Ministers and high-level representatives of the European Union and North, West and Central Africa came together in the 5th Ministerial Conference of the Euro-African Dialogue on Migration and Development to define a new strategic framework for governing the dialogue in the 2018-2020 period.