Development cooperation

Development Economics Project 2023-26


The impact objective of the project is to enhance sustainable economic growth and well-being in developing countries, by strengthening the teaching and knowledge of development economics, particularly the development economics of education in Finland, and internationally the significance of development economics as a societal change maker. The project consists of the professorship in practice of development economics and a research component in Mozambique, aiming at co-creating solutions to the global learning crisis, applicable more widely in Africa. The expected outputs are two master-level courses to a growing number of students, more doctoral dissertations, scientific publications on particularly the research component in Mozambique, joint events with other actors in education, and policy influence in the EU, MFA and other relevant organisations in Finland. The implementation of the project is primarily the established Professorship of Practice in Development Economics within the faculty of economics in the School of Economics of the Aalto University, co-financed by the MFA and Aalto University and under the administrative guidance of Aalto University Foundation. In addition, the project includes a research component and research group in Mozambique. This project strengthens the contribution of Finnish education expertise in solving global challenges, through as well the global research community as through selected development partners. The MFA will fund the project with 550.000 € during years 2023-26.

Funding decision

550 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Educational research 70%
  • Higher education 30%

Special target group

  • youth

Funding channel

Aalto-korkeakoulusäätiö sr



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