The Government appointed a new Development Policy Committee for 2016–2019 on 12 November. Aila Paloniemi, MP, (Centre Party) was appointed Chairperson of the Committee. The Committee membership represents all the political parties in the Finnish Parliament as well as interest groups and stakeholders that are central from the point of view of development policy.
A development policy programme that changes with each Government’s term of office does not serve long-term development objectives and does not provide adequate steering for their attainment, the Development Policy Committee concludes. The Committee recommends that the main objectives and operating principles of development policy be stabilised at a level more permanent than changing policy programmes, such as through an Act on development cooperation.
The Development Policy Committee is an advisory body appointed by the Government. It follows and evaluates Finland’s activities in various policy areas, which influence the developing countries.
It also assesses the quality and effectiveness of development cooperation and monitors the level of public development policy appropriations. The Committee membership is representative of the Finnish Parliament and society as a whole.