Supporting women human rights defenders, preventing female genital mutilation, training business skills – civil society organisations promote the rights of women and girls in many ways
Civil society organisations (CSOs) that are supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs play a significant role in and bring added value to the promotion of the rights and status of women and girls. Their activities help to ensure that progress reaches persons, groups and communities that live in vulnerable settings.
Water management project in Far West Nepal adapts to coronavirus
Clean water and hand hygiene are key in efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The Rural Village Water Resources Management Project (RVWRMP) aims to improve availability of and access to clean water and sanitation in remote areas in Nepal – also during the pandemic. The project in Far West Nepal is supported by Finland and the European Union.
Development policy for journalists — application round open for Development Academy of autumn 2020
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will organise an induction course into development policy and development cooperation for journalists (Development Academy) in autumn 2020. The Development Academy 2020, which is to be held in September-November, will focus on topical multilateral cooperation. Applications will be accepted from 29 May to 18 June 2020.
Foreign Ministry’s repatriation flights have ended
The repatriation flights arranged by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs as a result of the COVID-19 crisis have ended. Altogether 16 flights were carried out, with a total of 3,227 tourists returning to Finland or through Finland to their home country in Europe. Around 2,000 of the passengers on the flights were tourists returning to Finland.
Finland strengthens support for Venezuelan migrants and refugees
Speaking at the International Donors Conference in solidarity with Venezuelan migrants and refugees in the countries of the region on 26 May 2020, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto announced that Finland will provide additional EUR 200,000 as support for Venezuelan refugees living in Colombia. The support will be channelled through the Inter-American Development Bank.
Finland’s work in health security sector gains global recognition
Finland’s expertise and active contribution to health security is acknowledged by the WHO and internationally. Assessments of different countries’ capacity to handle health emergencies were launched during Finland’s chairmanship of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). The process continues and work is effective.
There is no sustainable development and democracy without free civil societies
Civil society has played a key role in Finland's development. In a similar vein, civil society organisations’ contribution is needed in developing countries, says Anu Ala-Rantala, senior officer of the Unit for Civil Society. In our series entitled ‘Three questions about development cooperation’, we ask Foreign Service specialists about their work.
Coronavirus crisis heightens inequality and distress among vulnerable groups
The coronavirus crisis exacerbates the position of people who were already in a vulnerable situation before the outbreak of the pandemic. This shows for example in Lebanon, which has the world’s highest refugee population in proportional terms, and in South Africa, which is one the most unequal societies of the world.
Evaluation: Finland has reached good results in fragile countries and in conflict-ridden environments
Finland’s country strategies are of varying importance in fragile countries and circumstances but they provide opportunities for strengthening the internal and external policy coherence for development.
Finland — globally active
The whole world suffers from the crisis caused by coronavirus. No country can alone resolve the crisis. Common solutions are needed. In a video series entitled ‘Finland across the world’, produced by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Service specialists tell about the big picture relating to the coronavirus pandemic, the impacts of the situation on the world, and Finland’s response to the crisis.
Vital remittances to Nepal at risk due to coronavirus outbreak, says Ambassador Pertti Anttinen
Migrant workers’ remittances to their home countries have declined due to the coronavirus crisis. In Nepal, more than half of households depend on remittances from abroad that account for over one quarter of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). We interviewed Pertti Anttinen, Ambassador of Finland to Nepal, on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on remittances in Nepal.
Twinning: Statistics Finland wins project in Azerbaijan and Finland reaches a total of 200 projects
Finland, Lithuania and the Netherlands will start developing the production of statistics in Azerbaijan through a Twinning project that will last a year and a half. The goals of the project are central to strengthening business-related statistics. A joint tender by Finland, Lithuania and the Netherlands won the tender competition for the project. This is Finland's two hundredth Twinning project.
Foreign Ministry's repatriation flights
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Finnish missions abroad will continue to advise and assist travellers in returning from abroad. Commercial air connections continue to be the preferred option to return to Finland. Travellers should actively try to arrange a ticket back home via different airlines.