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Development cooperation, 11/2/2017

UNESCO Capacity Development for Education Programme


UNESCO, created in 1945, is the UN organization responsible for education, science and culture. UNESCO's mandate is to build peace and sustainable development, deminish poverty and confirm human rights through education, culture and freedom of expression. Supporting education of girls and women, developing vocational and technical education and contributing to freedom of expression, media development and access to information are the thematic focus for the Finnish funding to UNESCO. Educating girls and women promotes gender equality, human rights and sustainable development. UNESCO's TVET policies and programmes support the member states' capacity for developing vocational and technical education, promote poverty reduction and improve youth transitions between education and work life, and prevent social exclusion and radicalization. Freedom of expression and pluralistic and independent media are critical for building healthy democracies and societies. The Finnish funding to the Education sector of UNESCO is channelled through the Capacity Development for Education Programme. CapED's objective is to translate global advocacy for education into concrete action, in particular in countries most at risk of not achieving the global education goals. CapED’s focus is on Least Developed Countries (LDCs), and particular emphasis is placed on fragile countries in emergency situations or recovering from conflict or disasters. The programme strengthens Member States’ capacities for policy formulation and planning focusing on promoting the equal right to quality education and opportunity for life-long learning. The strategic objective of UNESCO's Communication and Information programme is promoting freedom of expression, media development and access to information and knowledge. The programme's special emphasis is on gender equality, Africa, least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing states (SIDS), as well as youth. Finnish funding to the Communication and Information sector is channeled through the International Program for Development of Communication (IPDC). The projects of the IPDC enhance the capacity of national and local media institutions, support the development of independent media, and develop the education of journalists with special attention to the safety of journalists. The funding for 2017-2018 is 2 400 000 € in total: CapED 1 million € per year and IPDC 200 000 € per year. This project concerns support to CapED.

Funding decision 11/2/2017

2 000 000 €

Target region

Developing countries (not specified)

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

Participatory development/Good governance
Gender equality

Field of activity

Education policy and administrative management 70%
Teacher training 10%
Education facilities and training 20%

Type of aid

Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)

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Funding channel

YK kasvatus-, tiede- ja kulttuurijärjestö

Program based



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Updated 12/19/2017

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