There is strong political and financial commitment for global RH/FP in the Finnish development policy and cooperation.
Policies & funding
Women and girls are priority in Finland’s Development Policy
In 2016 Finland launched the Government Report on Development Policy: One World, One Future – Towards Sustainable Development. It sets the rights of girls and women as the first key priority of Finnish development policy with strong emphasis on SRHR. Women and girls and RH/FP are also among the funding priorities. The Government Report on Development Policy is based on the Agenda 2030.
Fragile states are also emphasized in Finland’s development cooperation policy and funding. For example, Finland supports RH/FP in Afghanistan, Yemen and Myanmar through UNFPA and Marie Stopes International. Finland also supports the joint program of UNFPA and UNICEF to prevent female genital mutilation/cutting.
ODA concentrates on the rights of women and girls
Finland’s 2016 ODA budget is 818 million Euros, which is 346 million Euros less compared to 2015. 130 million Euros has been converted into loans and capital investments. This has had an effect on all aid instruments, including RH/FP funding.
The increase in the allocation of ODA funding to loans and capital investment systems indicates that the Government wants to strengthen the role of the private sector in development cooperation. This is a new trend in Finland. The Government also encourages CSO-private sector collaboration.
Finland’s priority in multilateral development cooperation is the enhancement of the rights and status of women and girls. Among the UN organization Finland prioritizes UNFPA, UN Women and UNICEF. Nevertheless, the ODA cuts also hit these organisations. The funding for UNFPA decreased from 35 million in 2015 to 15-18 million in 2016. Despite this major cut UNFPA remains the largest receiver of multilateral funding which indicates that Finland’s commitment still lies with RH/FP related issues.
Despite the austerity measures in ODA, the proportion of RH/FP funding has remained relatively strong. For example, funding for IPPF has remained stable and funding for IPAS has increased.
Finland had a strong, progressive voice in the Agenda 2030 process in support of human rights and gender equality, including family planning. Finland was among the first 22 countries to submit the voluntary national report on implementation of SDGs. In the report as well as in the ministerial speech at the High Level Political Forum Finland emphasized the importance of women’s and girls’ rights and RH/FP.
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