Finland supports Myanmar’s own development goals
Development cooperation between Finland and Myanmar is based on the 2016–2019 country strategy for development cooperation. The aim of this cooperation is to support Myanmar in its transition towards a stable and democratic state with a rule of law. In 2016 Finland's support was about EUR 8 million.
The country strategy singles out three spheres of cooperation: education, sustainable management of natural resources, and promoting democratic governance and the rule of law.
In the sphere of education, improvement of teacher education is included, while the sustainable management of natural resources will bolster forestry and environmental administration.
In promoting democracy and the rule of law, we shall work with other development actors to enhance, for instance, the professionalism and transparency of public administration so that it could better respond to people's needs.
Cooperation has the further goal of improving organisations’ capacity to collect and analyse data, define development priorities and draw up and implement development plans.
Finland also strongly supports the Myanmar peace process, whose success is essential for securing sustainable and balanced development in the country.
The goals of this cooperation reflect Myanmar’s own development goals, which are based on the current Framework for Economic and Social Reforms (FESR). The underlying principles of the country strategy are: aid effectiveness, close cooperation with other donors, active engagement in the cooperation spheres, and conflict sensitivity.