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 as 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.

Positive results enhance societies, wellbeing and global stability. They help Finland to achieve its foreign policy goals and fulfil its international commitments.  Through development cooperation, Finland plays a role in finding solutions to the major problems facing humankind. 

Finland’s Development Policy Results Report 2018 to be discussed in Parliament

Finland's Development Policy Results Report, which has been prepared by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, was submitted to Parliament on 1 November 2018. The report presents results of Finland's development policy and development cooperation reported in 2015–2018.

Finland's support has improved women's and girls' right to bodily integrity.  It has also helped people who are living amidst conflicts and trying to adapt to climate change.

The report shows that Finland and its partners are achieving their goals quite well. The work is most impactful when the financial assistance provided by Finland is combined with a political dialogue, expertise and influencing efforts. Finland has reached particularly good results in areas where it promotes matters based on its core values: equality, inclusion and non-discrimination.

Achieving results has been most challenging in areas where partnerships have been weakened by different kinds of instability. More consideration should be given to these risks. In fragile environments, being able to sustain progress already made or avoiding a downward trend can be considered a good result as such.

Changes in society take time. Achieving results requires long-term commitment and an ability to adjust. Development policy can be successful only if it is able to continuously renew its approach and monitor new knowledge on results and effectiveness. In future, Finland should focus on a limited number of themes and activities.

Read a summary of Finland's Development Policy Results Report 2018 (PDF) 

100 results in development cooperation

Finland does development cooperation together with its partners. In the webpage of Kehitys-Utveckling magazine there is a collection of 100 results that have improved people's lives in different parts of the world. One of the examples tells about improved maternal health in Afghanistan.
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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.

Read more about the work to support girls in Afghanistan: