Development cooperation

Support to Finnish Water Forum


The Finnish water Forum (FWF) is a water sector network in Finland. The association promotes the cooperation and expertise of Finnish water sector actors as well as international activities, development cooperation and water exports. The FWF has over 130 member organisations and it’s a unique organization since it brings together practically all water sector actors, including companies, research and education institutions, associations, water supply plants and ministries. The FWF aims to create new partnerships between Finnish and developing country actors and to increase the participation of the private sector in development cooperation. The work is carried out through networking, influencing and communication. The FWF brings together Finnish water sector actors, strengthening Finnish development cooperation. The activities also support the transition from traditional development cooperation to other forms of cooperation. The FWF plays an important role in supporting and enabling the implementation of Finnish Water Way – International Water Strategy (2018-2030). The activities promote the objectives of the Finnish development policy related to climate change and natural resources. The FWF supports the development of water and sanitation services in developing countries as well as solutions for water resource management, sustainable water supply services and water protection in partner countries. An external evaluation was conducted from the previous programming period (2020-2022). According to the evaluation, FWF has succeeded in achieving its objectives during the programming period well, even despite the restrictions imposed by the covid19-pandemic and has worked efficiently in the areas of networking, influencing and communications, as well as in the identification and development of project templates, and has managed to push through significant, large projects. The programmatic support provided by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and other ministries is very important for the association and enables long-term development and maintenance of the activities. It is proposed that the Finnish Water Forum is supported with an annual discretionary government grant of EUR 132,000 for 2023-2025, totaling EUR 396,000, under item (actual development cooperation; development cooperation not allocated by country).

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Funding decision

396 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Aid to environment
  • Climate change - adaptation

Field of activity

  • Water sector policy and administrative management 40%
  • Basic drinking water supply and basic sanitation 50%
  • Waste management / disposal 10%

Special target group

  • girls

Funding channel

Suomen Vesifoorumi ry, Finlands vattenforum rf (Finnish Water Forum)



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