Development cooperation of NGO’s

Non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) are an essential part of Finnish development cooperation. Their work allows cooperation and results on areas, sectors and groups that are not within the reach of bilateral cooperation.

The work history of Finnish NGO’s with their Kenyan counterparts dates back a long time. Finnish organizations and their local partners mainly work on education and health sectors. Additionally, the projects carried out by NGO’s have contributed to rural development, rights of the disabled and orphans as well as environmental protection.

The partnership between Ugandan and Finnish non-governmental organizations is equally well established. The majority of the projects focus on the health sector, especially on HIV/AIDS, education, capacity building and rural development. Special attention is given to helping the internally displaced and refugees in the northern parts of the country.

In the recent years, Finnish organizations have begun cooperation in Somalia and especially in the Somaliland. The main focus is on the education and health sectors. In addition, the projects have contributed to women’s economic and political empowerment.

Several NGO’s are funded by the Unit for Non-Governmental Organizations at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. 

Fund for Local Cooperation

The Finnish Fund for Local Cooperation (FLC) is a fund managed by the Embassy of Finland in Nairobi. The FLC is a flexible and demand-based instrument of the Embassy that compliments the development cooperation work carried out through the support of Finland in accordance with Finland’s development policy.

The development policy has given emphasis to human rights based approach to development which underlines the importance of empowerment, inclusion and participation as it strengthens the application of the principles of ownership, accountability and transparency. The human rights based approach to development has its focus on the rights of those who are most vulnerable.

The focus in the use of the FLC is in Kenya where Finland has bi-lateral support, but the funds are also used to finance non-state actor activities in other countries in the region covered by the Embassy (Uganda and Eritrea).

The FLC support activities that focus on:

  • Strengthening democracy, public participation, accountability, equity, equality and adherence to rule of law.

  • Enhancing citizen participation in the fight against impunity and developing integrity in leadership by capacity building the citizens to facilitate engagement from a point of knowledge and participation in decision making and the reform process.

  • Realization of gender equality.

  • Transparent and fair management of natural resources, inequality and inefficiencies in natural resource access, institutional governance and promotion of participatory management of forests resources.

  • Transparency and fiscal accountability on agricultural matters, facilitating participation of women and youth resulting in empowerment, non-discrimination and inclusion of vulnerable groups.

The fund supports initiatives of local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Community-based Organizations (CBOs) and other institutions in Kenya.


The FLC is not currently taking new applications. The Embassy will announce the application round on its website.