Development policy and development cooperation
Development policy is an important part of Finland's foreign and security policy. Development cooperation is one means to implement the policy. Development cooperation provides millions of people with a chance for a better life.
Agenda 2030 – Sustainable Development Goals
The 2030 Agenda includes 17 different goals that are related to sustainable development. These goals are to be met by 2030. Finland is committed to reaching them both at home and in its international cooperation. Finland’s development cooperation supports this commitment.
Tell us about any alleged misuse in development cooperation
We take all suspicions of misuse of Finnish development cooperation funds seriously. You can report any suspicions about the misuse through our service. Misuse may be due to carelessness or lack of professional skills, be deliberate or even consist of actions or negligence that fulfill the elements of a criminal offence.
Finland is taking climate action — read about climate solutions on trade and development wall calendar for 2024
The two Finnish-language magazines on trade and development policy, Kehitys and Kauppapolitiikka, issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, have published a wall calendar for 2024. The calendar presents climate solutions developed by Finnish companies with the support of development cooperation funds and, more broadly, global climate action carried out as part of development cooperation. The calendar can be ordered free of charge from the publication services of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Foreign Ministry’s climate negotiators: UN Climate Change Conference COP28 is the most important milestone since the Paris Agreement
Finland’s delegation at the UN Climate Change Conference COP28 has 14 negotiators, four from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The Foreign Ministry’s negotiating team is headed by Anna Merrifield, Director of the Unit for Climate and Environmental Diplomacy.
Participants selected to Development Academy 2024
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will organise an induction course into global development issues for journalists in January–February 2024. Altogether 38 journalists applied for and 10 were selected to the Development Academy now organised for the twelfth time.
Finland’s development policy investment to boost agricultural productivity in East Africa
Inflation, disruptions of raw material supply, extreme weather events and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine aggravate the food security situation in East Africa. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland will invest in the ARCAFIM programme to boost the agricultural productivity in the region and improve food security. The programme will also create new jobs and improve the living conditions of up to 1.5 million people. Private sector financing will account for half of the programme’s funding.
Finland to invest in high-growth companies solving development challenges in Asia
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and Business Finland will co-host a side event to the Finnish start-up and technology event Slush to offer companies interested in the possibilities of development financing the chance to meet with venture capital investors and UN agencies. One of the development finance institutions present is the ADB Ventures fund of the Asian Development Bank. The Foreign Ministry will announce its investment of EUR 20 million in the fund.