Report: Young people's challenge to Norden
Alexander Stubb, Finland’s Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade, set up a group of young people to evaluate the current and future status of Nordic cooperation and its values and to gauge how young people perceive the efficiency, visibility and accessibility of Nordic cooperation.The group consists of 25 young people from different backgrounds and from different parts of Finland.
Finnish Value-Added: Boon or bane to aid effectiveness?
This study looks at the quest for ‘Finnish value-added’ (FVA) in development cooperation and assesses how FVA affects aid effectiveness. “Value added” in development is taken to be the attempt to bring into cooperation something extra beyond the monetary volume of aid.
Publication: The Human Rights Approach to Social Protection
This publication constitutes a summary of the analyses and arguments presented by the Special Rapporteur in her reports to the Human Rights Council and General Assembly over the past three years in regard to the human rights approach to social protection. It is intended to be an articulation of the fundamental elements of the human rights framework applicable to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of social protection systems.
Focus 2012 - Focus on the Economy and Technology
Focus on the Economy and Technology, the annual publication showcasing Finland and targeted at key international markets, has just been published for the tenth time. This year’s issue highlights Finland’s strengths in design, start-up entrepreneurship and natural resource economy sectors.
Wider Europe Initiative – Implementation Plan for 2011 – 2014
The Wider Europe Initiative (WEI) is a bilateral development cooperation programme in Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia launched by Finland in 2008. Eastern Europe Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine South Caucasus Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia Central Asia Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Publication: Footprints in Forests – Effects and Impacts of Finnish Forestry Assistance
This book aims to make a contribution to understanding why it has been easier to draft and pass forest and forestry policies than to implement them, and why forestry assistance supporting the new policies is so complex and its impacts are so often contradictory.
Report: Broad-based Financing for Development
Changes in the international operating environment – such as climate change, economic, food and energy crises, and other global security threats – have stepped up the debate on both the goals of development policy and the future of development financing.
Brochure: Supporting Democracy – The Finnish Experience
Finland applies a holistic approach to democracy. Democracy is inextricably associated to human rights, rule of law, good governance and to anti-corruption. Democracy is more than civil and political rights, it is also about economic, social and cultural rights. Due to historical circumstances, differences in cultures, and stage of development, democracy is practiced in diverse forms around the world. Many democracies face challenges with issues such as gender, corruption, law and order.
Guidelines for Civil Society in Development Policy
Civil society actors are an essential and integral element of Finnish development cooperation in its entirety. The activities of civil society organizations make it possible to achieve results in areas and regions and among groups of people that the resources and tools of public development cooperation do not always reach.
Publication: Development policy guidelines on agriculture and food security
Food security has become one of the most important issues in international development policy. These guidelines set out the areas of operation in which Finnish expertise and resources can bring about sustainable results in improving food security and fostering agricultural development in developing countries.
Publication: Wider Europe Initiative – Implementation Plan for 2009–2013
The Wider Europe Initiative is a new initiative that strengthens Finland’s development policy through a comprehensive approach to Finland’s development cooperation in the European Union’s eastern neighbourhood, the South Caucasus and Central Asia.
Publication: Development and Security in Finland's Development Policy
The Government’s Development Policy Programme emphasises social stability and comprehensive security as the cornerstone for all development. Poverty reduction and the promotion of sustainable development, in addition to responding to the challenges of comprehensive security, conflict prevention, crisis management and peacebuilding, require a holistic approach.
Publication: International strategy for Finland’s Water Sector
The aim of this strategy is to increase international cooperation and the impact of Finnish actors in the water sector by identifying broad themes under which the water sector in particular could operate. At the same time, the strategy aims to defi ne clear objectives and means to increase international cooperation and partnerships.
Publication: Africa in Finnish Development Policy - Finland's development policy framework programme
The objective of Finland’s development policy framework programme for Africa is to create a strategic framework for strengthening partnership between Finland and Africa through development policy measures. The Africa framework programme is based on the Government’s Development Policy Programme and steers its practical implementation.
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