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:
- Multilateral development cooperation
- Country-specific and regional development cooperation
- European Development Fund
- Non-country specific development cooperation
- Humanitarian assistance
- Planning, support functions, and communication of development policy
- Evaluation and internal audit of development cooperation
- Support for non-governmental organisations' development cooperation, KEPA (the platform for Finnish NGOs on development issues) and development communication
- 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.
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