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Appropriations and their use

Finland is committed to the European Council conclusion of 2005 according to which Member States are to reach the 0.7% ODA/GNI target by 2015.

Finland is also committed to achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim at eradicating extreme poverty.

The funds reserved for development cooperation appropriations administered by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs are channelled to nine budget lines:

  1. Multilateral development cooperation
  2. Country-specific and regional development cooperation
  3. European Development Fund
  4. Non-country specific development cooperation
  5. Humanitarian assistance
  6. Planning, support functions, and communication of development policy
  7. Evaluation and internal audit of development cooperation
  8. Support for non-governmental organisations' development cooperation, KEPA (the platform for Finnish NGOs on development issues) and development communication
  9. Concessional credits

Other ministries’ categories of expenditure also include expenses that fall under the remit of development cooperation.

Development Policy Programme guides the use of appropriations

The allocation of development cooperation appropriations is guided by the Development Policy Programme of 2012.

Finland has a human-rights-based approach to development. The programme also emphasises the principles of an inclusive green economy : human and ecological welfare and social equality and good governance.

  • The Government’s goal is to ensure stable development of appropriations, leading to the target level 0.7% of GDI by 2015.
  • To reach the goal, the Government will direct auction revenues obtained from the EU Emission Trading System (ETS) to climate funding and development cooperation towards the end of its term of office.
  • Finland’s development cooperation seeks to promote partner countries’ citizens’ and democratically elected representatives’ ownership of developing their societies.
  • Finland prioritises the least developed countries in Africa and Asia. The provision of assistance focuses on long-term partnerships to reduce fragmentation of funding and work.
  • Humanitarian assistance is funded from the development cooperation appropriations administered by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, which is why Finland’s humanitarian assistance concentrates on the poorest countries.

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