OECD-DAC: Finland is successful in developing development cooperation
The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) has published a peer assessment of Finnish development cooperation. The committee issued twelve recommendations to Finland for the improvement of development cooperation.
The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) has assessed Finnish development cooperation. This assessment, which is conducted at approximately five-year intervals, was published on Friday 8 December in Helsinki. The previous peer assessment of Finland was conducted in 2012. The general assessment gives praise to Finland: the country’s competence required by development cooperation and its implementation are at a good level.
“Finland is an excellent partner in development cooperation. Therefore, we hope that you will accomplish your work even better,” said Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Chair of the DAC, while describing the assessment process at the publishing event held in Helsinki.
Of the thirteen recommendations in the previous assessment, Finland had improved on ten. Finland was given special thanks for the flexible and swift way it had funded humanitarian aid, as well as for the concentration of the resources accorded to development cooperation in partner countries and to the focus areas of development policy important to Finland. In its development cooperation, Finland highlights, among other things, the positon of women and girls, the creation of sustainable jobs and taxation. Finland supports bilateral development cooperation in countries such as Nepal, Myanmar and the East African countries.
At the event, Petri Gornitzka also thanked Finland for its competence in the improvement of the position of disabled people. Finland has enhanced the position of persons with a disability both internationally and in the countries which are the target of its development cooperation.
“The work with disabled people in which Finland is engaged sets a good example for other actors in development cooperation, providing them with new insights. The target that the international community has set for itself states that nobody should be allowed to lag behind in development. As only one per cent of disabled women in the development countries can read, it is clear that the provision of support to this group promotes the international target set for development which says that development belongs to everybody,” said Petri Gornitzka when thanking Finland.
Recommendations for Finnish development cooperation
The peer assessment contained twelve recommendations for Finland for the improvement of development cooperation. The DAC finds the budget cuts made to the 2015 development cooperation alarming. Therefore, it encourages Finland to prepare a plan for achieving the 0.7 per cent target set for the proportion of development aid of the gross national income.
At the event, the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen commented that, considering Finland’s economic situation, the budget cuts that Finland made to development cooperation in 2015 were unfortunate but necessary. Many other sectors, such as education, were also subjected to cuts. By concentrating the aid it gives, Finland is able to act as a partner that is larger than its size suggests in development cooperation.
“The recommendations for the concentration of development cooperation issued by the DAC are worth supporting. By concentrating our resources in partner countries, we will be able to operate efficiently in them,” comments Kai Mykkänen.
Around one third of Finland’s development cooperation is allocated to multilateral development cooperation, with recipients including various UN organisations and operations acting under the guidance of the World Bank. In this work, Finland also concentrates development cooperation in important focus areas.
It is important to us to support the positon of women and girls; therefore, the focus in the support that we give to UN organisations is on organisations that are engaged in this kind of work, such as the United Nations Population Fund UNFPA and UN Women, a UN organization dedicated to gender equality,” said Mykkänen, explaining Finland’s policy.
Finnish Development Cooperation is assessed
- In December, the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) published an assessment of Finnish development cooperation. The DAC conducts an assessment of the development policy and collaboration with its member states at approximately five-year intervals. The last assessment of Finland was conducted in 2012.
- The countries that conducted the assessment of Finland include Spain and Italy, with Israel acting as an observer.
- The peer assessment issued twelve recommendations for the improvement of development cooperation.
- Peer assessments provide the member countries with an opportunity to learn from the best practices of others in development cooperation.