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Development Cooperation

Development policy is an important part of Finland’s foreign and security policy. Nearly all of Finland’s development cooperation partner countries count among the least developed countries in Africa and Asia. The goal of Finland’s development policy is the eradication of poverty and inequality and the promotion of sustainable development. Development policy also helps to find solutions to other global challenges, such as climate change.

Finland’s development policy has three cross-cutting objectives which are taken into account in all activities:

  1. Promotion of gender equality. Finland supports, for example, women’s participation in decision-making, business and industry, and in conflict prevention.
  2. Reduction of inequality. Development policy promotes equal opportunities for social, economic, and political participation as well as equal access to basic services and social protection. Finland supports the possibilities of children, the disabled and easily marginalized minorities to influence their own future.
  3. Promotion of climate sustainability. Finland supports measures that strengthen partner countries’ capacity to prepare for catastrophes and reduce vulnerability to natural disasters.

More information on Finland’s development policy and development cooperation can be found on the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs: Finland’s Development Policy.

Regional cooperation in the Western Balkans

Finland’s bilateral development cooperation projects in Serbia and Macedonia have finished. Previously, Finland has been active in the sectors where we have special know-how and experience, such as forestry policy and administration, good governance, human rights and the rule of law.

Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia belong to the beneficiaries of the European Union’s Twinning and TAIEX instruments in the framework of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA). These instruments provide opportunities for developing relations between public administrations and institutions in existing and future EU member states. In the Western Balkans, Finland has participated in several Twinning and TAIEX projects, such as a project on improving tobacco control in Serbia in 2014 and projects on air quality improvement in Macedonia.

More information on Twinning and TAIEX can be found on the relevant EU websites:

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Updated 9/14/2016

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