Finland and Afghanistan

The logo of the Afghanistan Conference 2020Finland supports Afghanistan through development cooperation, humanitarian aid as well as civilian and military crisis management.

A stable and peaceful Afghanistan that respects human rights and complies with the principles of the rule of law is in the best interests of the people of Afghanistan, Finland and the entire international community. The ultimate goal is a society where all Afghans can participate in building a stable, better, safer and more prosperous country.

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Finland and the 2020 Afghanistan Conference

Finland is organizing the 2020 Afghanistan Conference together with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghan and the United Nations. A Finnish conference Task Force based in Helsinki and in Kabul is responsible for the preparations for the conference and Finland has appointed Ambassador Janne Taalas (CV, pdf) as Special Envoy to lead the preparations.

Finland’s development cooperation in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is Finland's most supported development partner country. Finland has participated in the stabilisation, reconstruction and development efforts in Afghanistan since 2002.

Finnish aid to Afghanistan’s development cooperation between 2002-2020 is EUR 385 million. During the period 2017–2020, Finland has committed to supporting Afghanistan annually by approximately EUR 28 million.

Finland and the EU emphasise the improvement of the status of women and girls in Afghanistan.

More information on Finland’s development cooperation in Afghanistan: Finland's Development Cooperation with Afghanistan