Development policy has become more and more distinctively about global cooperation, where various types of new actors are yielding influence. For Finland, the key objective is wide-ranging and value-based cooperation that ensures meeting the needs of the weakest.
The primary goal of Finnish development policy continues to be the eradication of extreme poverty in accordance with the UN Millennium Development Goals. In addition, Finland will promote the strengthening of the status of the poor and the reduction of inequality. Development policy and cooperation also contribute to finding solutions to other global challenges, such as unsustainable use of natural resources and climate change.
The Finnish development policy action is based on an action plan adopted by the government. The Finnish Development Policy Action Plan was revised in 2012.