Finland strongly condemns kidnap of Finnish national and related extortion
A further video has appeared in social media concerning the Finnish national kidnapped in Kabul, Afghanistan in May. Finland strongly condemns the kidnapping and the related extortion and urges immediate release of the kidnapped Finnish national.
Evaluation: The WASH in Schools Programme in Afganistan (2008-2014)
The WASH in Schools (WinS) Programme in Afganistan from 2012 aims to make visible the value and impact of school sanitation as perceived by the community and thereby raise the level of ownerships; promote the importance of WASH in schools at national, state and district levels as well as to improve hygiene practices among school children, their families and communities. UNICEF wished to conduct an evaluation of the WASH in Schools (WinS) programme, whose findings and recommendations are intended to (1) guide UNICEF, the GoA and other stakeholders to improve the WinS programme, and (2) contribute to evidence-based policy making in the field of WASH and maximize the impact of the programme.
Investigation into kidnapping case in Afghanistan continues
The Finnish authorities are continuing enquiries concerning the kidnapping of a Finn in Afghanistan under the leadership of the MFA. At the moment, the authorities are doing their utmost to ensure the release of the Finn and to guarantee security and the person’s safety.
Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Karzai to visit Finland
Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Hekmat Karzai will visit Finland on 15 May. The visit programme includes political consultations between Afghanistan and Finland. Deputy Foreign Minister Karzai will meet Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini and representatives from other ministries. He will also meet Afghans living in Finland.
Project and programme evaluations in 2016
In 2016, more than 20 project evaluations on development cooperation were carried out in different departments of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Evaluations were made on all continents. Below evaluations are listed by country, region or organization.
Foreign Minister Soini visits Afghanistan
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini visited Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan on 24–26 October 2016. The purpose of the visit was to learn about the effectiveness of civil and military crisis management operations and meet Finnish actors and Afghan political leaders.
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