With an estimated population of 820,000, the Republic of Djibouti is one of the smallest states in Africa. It currently enjoys a high growth rate but faces challenges with regard to sustainable and shared development. The European Union is the primary international donor there, acting exclusively through grant aid, with water, sanitation, resilience and food security being its chief priorities. Promoting peace and security in the region is also central to European involvement, as Djibouti is the EU's logistics base for its anti-piracy operation, Operation Atalanta.
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