Finland still needs to catch up on goals in development policy – Development Policy Committee Interim Review of the Government Programme


The Government of Prime Minister Sanna Marin has made a good start in implementing the development policy entries in the Government Programme. However, there continues to be room for improvement. At present, the main focus should be on preparing a clear roadmap, extending beyond the current government term, in order to raise development finance to the UN’s recommendation of 0.7% of gross national income (GNI). The recommendation should be achieved by 2030.

Development Policy Committee (DPC) focuses on the development policy items contained in the Government Programme and makes an interim assessment of their implementation and recommendations on how Finland can better meet its international commitments, assume its global responsibility and increase the effectiveness of its development policy as part of the implementation of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Aspects of the Government Programme under review include Finland’s Africa Strategy, the Report on Development Policy across Parliamentary Terms, the Development Funding Roadmap, and the allocation of development funding.

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