Stöd för internationella icke-statliga organisationer

Support for International Non-governmental Organisations (INGOs)

The MFA can allocate development cooperation funds, subject to annual parliamentary approval in Finland, to INGOs whose activities support the implementation of Finland's development policy goals and priorities, including in the area of human rights, as guided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and taking into account the human rights based approach to development. This form of support complements Finland's development cooperation in sectors that are of strategic importance to Finland. Finland targets its support to a limited number of proposals by INGOs and conducts active dialogue with the INGOs that receive funding.

The goal of Finland’s development policy is to eradicate poverty, reduce inequality and achieve sustainable development. Finland takes a long-term perspective on development cooperation, focusing on the following four priorities:

  1. Strengthening the status and rights of women and girls, with an emphasis on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  2. Sustainable economies and decent work, with an emphasis on innovations and the role of women in the economy and female entrepreneurship.
  3. Education, peaceful and democratic societies, with an emphasis on equitable quality education, improved tax systems and support for democracy and the rule of law.
  4. Climate change and natural resources, with an emphasis on strengthening adaptation alongside mitigation of climate change, food security and water, meteorology and disaster risk reduction, forests, energy and safeguarding biodiversity.

All activities must also apply the Foreign Ministry's cross-cutting objectives. These are gender equality, non-discrimination (with particular attention to the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities), climate resilience and low emission development.

INGO support is guided by the priorities of Finland’s development policy in accordance with the goals of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, the Guidelines for Civil Society in Development Policy (2017), the Guidance Note for the Human Rights Based Approach in Finland's Development Cooperation (2015), the Finnish Government’s Human Rights Report and the related Strategy, and the Theories of Change and Aggregate Indicators for Finland’s Development Policy (2020).

The INGO support is discretionary government funding granted by the MFA. The Act on Discretionary Government Transfers (Valtionavustuslaki 688/2001Länk till en annan webbplats., unofficial translation in EnglishLänk till en annan webbplats.) is applied in relation to all INGO support procedures and the use of the grant.

In addition to national rules and regulations, the INGO support is guided by the norms jointly agreed upon by donors engaged in international cooperation, particularly the OECD DAC rules on ODA eligibility concerning international NGO's.

The eligibility to apply under this Call is defined under the heading "Principles for Support and Minimum Requirements".