The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland has granted EUR 22 million as project support to civil society organisations’ development cooperation in 2011–13. Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen decided about the matter on 4 November.
The support is allocated as follows: EUR 7.8 million in 2011, EUR 8.0 million in 2012, and EUR 6.2 million in 2013. Last year’s support was EUR 24.5 million.
Nearly half of the support, EUR 10.9 million, will be channelled to projects carried out in Africa. About 40 per cent of the support, which means EUR 9.0 million, will be used in Asia while 7 per cent equalling EUR 1.4 million will be used in Latin America.
Projects in the education and health sectors are supported the most. Many projects falling in the other social structure and services sectors as well as public administration and civil society are also supported.
Of the 93 projects and 72 organisations that are supported as many as 52 projects are new ones. Among the recipients of support, there are eight organisations that have not been granted support before. During this round, 51 per cent of the applications were approved based on the applied and granted sums of money. The decisions are informed to the organisations by mail.
Project support for 2012 will be launched in the spring 2011. The application round will be advertised on the biggest daily newspapers the Helsingin Sanomat and Hufvudstadsbladet and on the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
The application round will be discussed in the next civil society seminar to be held in spring 2011. More details about the seminar will be posted on the Ministry’s website later.
Further information: Okko-Pekka Salmimies, Head of the Unit for Non-Governmental Organisations, tel. + 358 9 1605 6365; or Marjatta Laires, Counsellor, tel. +358 9 1605 6434; email: email@example.com
Project support to civil society organisations’ development cooperation in 2011–13 (in Finnish) (PDF, 14 kB)