Development cooperation produces results

Finland’s development cooperation improves the lives of millions of people and contributes to more stable and fair societies.

Development cooperation produces many different kinds of results. Some of the results are very concrete and easy to measure, such clean drinking water, more and better educated teachers, and protection for people suffering from conflicts.

Others are to do with attitudes and social structures, such as well-functioning legal services, sustainable forestry, or ending discrimination. Usually it takes longer to achieve these changes. The different forms of development cooperation complement each other.

The Kehitys-Utveckling magazine’s website lists 100 results of the Finnish development work.

Healthier women and better contraception in Afghanistan

The status of women and girls is particularly poor in Afghanistan. Finland supports Marie Stopes International in its work to strengthen the position of women and improve family planning.

Marie Stopes International has been working in Afghanistan since 2002. By 2017, 3.8 million patients had visited the organisations’ clinics, nearly all of them women. The organisation has trained hundreds of women to work in the health sector and as volunteers.

While family planning and contraception are still taboos in the conservative and deeply religious country, Marie Stopes International has already been able to help 1.4 million people in its family planning clinics.

(Priority 1: Women and girls)

Work for young Zambians

In Zambia, the green economy programme of five UN organisations created jobs and sustainable business in the country's rapidly growing construction sector between 2013 and 2017. Altogether 4,300 new jobs were created, half of them for young people. Moreover, occupational safety and healthcare were improved at 3,450 workplaces.

More jobs and more diversified economy are needed. Population growth in Zambia is among the fastest in the world and more than half the population are young people. The economy largely revolves around the mining industry and is highly dependent on the market price of copper.

(Priority 2: Economy and work)

Quality journalism to Somalia

The Finnish Foundation for Media and Development has supported free dissemination of information in Somalia since 2014. Its partners are the Somali National Television (SNTV) and the National Union of Somali Journalists. A news studio has been built in Mogadishu, and journalists and public authorities have been trained with Finnish support for such tasks as making programmes for children and young people.

More balanced, diverse and higher quality flow of information will give citizens better access to information and contributes to peaceful democratisation of the Somali society.

(Priority 3: Well-functioning society)

Water and toilets to over four million people

In Ethiopia, Finland has developed a model for water programmes that ensures sustainable results. Ethiopia provides at least 50 per cent of the funding and local communities provide the necessary nest egg. When the money is there, the village residents apply for support for building their own water supply point or toilet and assume responsibility for their construction and maintenance.

More than 19,000 water supply points have been built and 970,000 households have been equipped with proper toilets between 1994 and 2017. About 4.5 million rural residents benefit from both amenities.

(Priority 4: Food security, water, energy and natural resources)

Humanitarian aid brings relief in times of need

Every year, hundreds of millions of people suffer as the result of natural disasters, armed conflicts and other crises. Humanitarian aid is provided on the basis of need. The goal is to save lives, relieve human suffering and maintain human dignity in times of crisis.

Read more about Finland’s humanitarian aid and Finland’s support to the victims of the crisis in Syria.