Finland stands against many developing countries
Finland is reviewing its aid policy.
This was stated by the country’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Development, Phil Taveo, Yle reported.
The minister announced that cuts in development work are expected – among other things, Finland will not provide aid to countries that support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Today, Finland conducts long-term bilateral cooperation with developing countries based on 13 country or regional programmes.
The cooperation relates to the following countries:
– Palestinian territories
The list has been shortened
After the government restructures aid policy, the list may become shorter.
– Focus shifts from bilateral country programs to development cooperation with local NGOs. That means there will be fewer national programs than before, Phil Taveo tells Elle.
Historically great pieces
The Finnish government is investigating the cuts that will be made.
It is currently unclear which countries will be removed from the list.
– It has not yet been decided which countries will be eligible for support, Phil Taveo tells Yle.
However, it is certain that there will be a definite change.
Finland’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Development stresses that these cuts are “historically significant”.
Swedish aid policy
The Swedish aid budget is SEK 56 billion annually for the year 2023-2025.
Similar to Finland, support for Ukraine is an important part of Swedish aid.
Other areas of focus are as follows, according to the Christerson government:
Humanitarian support for vulnerable groups
– Developing democracy and increasing support for democratic movements
Expanded and effective climate aid
Poverty alleviation and health interventions for the most vulnerable groups
Employment equality with a focus on sexual and reproductive health
Trade to increase prosperity and reduce poverty. In order to increase the exchange of aid, the government links development and promotion policy and trade policy.
– Increased focus on migration (increasing the proportion of those who return to their countries of origin and contributing to the effective work of voluntary return migration)
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