Appointed by the Government for its four-year term of office, the Development Policy Committee is the only body monitoring and evaluating Finnish development cooperation and policy on a systematic and broad basis. Its members include representatives of parliamentary parties, advocacy organisations, NGOs and universities in the UniPID network.
Tasks and goals of the Development Policy Committee
Main goals during the current term:
The main goals of the Committee, presented below, are based on its principal activities stated in its mandate: Following and monitoring the implementation of Finland’s commitments to promote development policy goals; advancing high-quality and long-term development policy; and strengthening cooperation, ownership and knowledge-base related to development policy.
- Goal 1: The national implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes a strong development policy dimension and it is an integral and permanent part of the management of sustainable development in Finland. Finland implements the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its goals and reports of its actions in light of both its national sustainable development and the development policy commitments. In the future, society’s commitments to sustainable development include the possibility of promoting sustainable development also in the developing countries.
- Goal 2: Finland follows the development policy and policy coherence under the principles of sustainable development pursued by the EU. The Development Policy Committee takes a stand on Finland’s development policy in the European Union especially in order to improve the internal and external (other policy areas) coherence of development policy in EU policy and in international negotiations in which Finland participates as a part of the EU. Central themes for the Development Policy Committee include the EU’s global strategy, development finance, actions supporting developing countries’ private sector (incl. national and international taxation, corporate social responsibility issues), migration and food security.
- Goal 3: Development policy gains a more significant status in political decision-making. The Finnish Government and Parliament have access to the Committee’s annual assessments of the implementation of the Government Programme and the Government Report on Development Policy. The recommendations issued by the Development Policy Committee are communicated to the decision-makers more actively than before. The assessments covering the years 2017 and 2018 focus on certain themes and the assessment relating to 2019 presents an overall assessment of the Government’s work during its term in office. The implementation of development cooperation is supported by providing sufficient guidance within the Ministry in accordance with the Committee’s recommendations. The goal-setting for development policy and their resourcing (incl. 0.7% GNI), operating principles and practices are developed.
- Goal 4: An act on development policy and development cooperation is enforced or some other long-term foundation is established for sustainable development. A different Development Policy Programme for each Government’s term does not serve long-term development goals nor does it provide adequate steering for their attainment. It is therefore important that the main goals of development policy – reduction of poverty and inequality and promotion of sustainable development – as well as the values, operating principles and cross-cutting objectives gain a more permanent position, such as in an act on development cooperation.
- Goal 5: Cooperation that supports sustainable development is intensified between different actors and the ownership of development policy and its knowledge base is strengthened. Parliament’s support to development policy gets stronger across party lines.