Finland is making efforts to improve its development co-operation, sharpening the focus of its efforts and emphasising the importance of human rights. To make these efforts effective, says the OECD’s Review of the Development Co-operation Policies and Programmes of Finland, the government should honour its commitment to increase funding, focus on areas and countries where it can have the most impact, and improve the way it manages development co-operation.
The Review’s recommendations are geared to help the Finnish government make its aid more effective, including: hire and retain headquarters, embassy and field staff with development experience; delegate more authority to embassies to increase impact in the field; develop a strategic approach to working with the civil society organisations; reduce the amount of aid that is tied; provide timely information on multi-annual commitments to partner countries and multilateral partners; and ensure that all relevant policies support, or at least do not undermine, development in developing countries.
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Update! Mid-term review of Finland, 2014