Development cooperation ,02.06.2014



UNESCO is known as the "intellectual" agency of the United Nations. UNESCO's mandate is to build peace and sustainable development, deminish poverty and confirm human rights through education, culture and freedom of expression. Supporting education of girls and women, developing the vocational and technical education and contributing to the freedom of expression, media development and access to information is the thematic focus for the Finnish funding to UNESCO. The education of girls and women is promoting gender equality in education, human rights and sustainable development. Unesco's TVET policies and programmes support the member states' capacity for developing the vocational and technical education, improve youth transitions between education and the world of work and promote poverty reduction, social inclusion and gender equality. Freedom of expression and pluralistic and free media are critical for building healthy democracies and societies. The Finnish funding to the Education sector of UNESCO is channelled through the Capacity Development programme. The CapEFA is an extra-budgetary funding mechanism and programme approach created in 2003 with the objective of translating global advocacy for Education for All (EFA) into concrete action, in particular in countries most at risk of not achieving the goals by 2015. In 2013, the CapEFA Programme covered 31 priority countries, mainly located in Africa and Asia, and two sub-regional programmes. The CapEFA contributes to UNESCO’s overall efforts to strengthen Member States’ capacities for policy formulation and planning focusing on promoting the right to quality education and gender equality and opportunity for lifThe strategic objective of the Communication and information programme is promoting freedom of expression, media development and access to information and knowledge. The special emphasis in the programme is on gender equality, Africa, least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS) as well as youth. The Finnish funding is channeled through the Internationd Program for Development of Communication (IPDC). The projects of the IPDC enhance the capacity of national and local media institutions, support the development of independent media as well as develop the education of journalists with special attention to the safety of journalists. elong learning for all. The funding for 2014-2015 is 2 400 000 €, CapEFA programme 2 milj. euro, IPDC 400 000 euro.

Funding decision  02.06.2014

2 400 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance
  • Gender equality

Field of activity

  • Education policy and administrative management 70%
  • Teacher training 20%
  • Information and communication technology (ICT) 10%

Funding channel

YK kasvatus-, tiede- ja kulttuurijärjestö



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