Finland's development cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa

Finland's goal in the Middle East and North Africa is to support the area's stability and sustainable development.

Regional development cooperation supports the development of equal societies and sustainable and inclusive economic growth. The aim is to strengthen particularly the position of women by promoting political participation, economic activity and social involvement. Finland also supports the work of national and local operators to advance the health and protection of transit migrants. In addition, Finland seeks to fortify regional integration and cooperation of national operators.

Regional support is mainly channelled through international organisations and financial institutions whose programmes often cover several countries in the area. Regional project activities are supplemented by support to local non-governmental organisations and the Institutional Cooperation Instrument (ICI).

Strategy for Development Cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa 2017–2020