Development cooperation is an important part of TYY's international affairs. The development cooperation projects offer an opportunity for students to help people in developing countries to help themselves.

Local NGO's are responsible for executing the projects. In addition to donations from students, some of the projects are supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.

You can support the TYY development cooperation projects by paying an amount set for one to two TYY development cooperation projects. Please use collection account FI48 5716 9020 0256 10 (tell which project you want to support). All money donated in connection to the payment of the membership fees will go in full to the designated projects.

Finnish Somalia Network

4,80 €

The Finnish Somalia Network is an ideologically, politically and religiously independent umbrella organization, which works as a co-operative body for the organizations that conduct or
plan to conduct development cooperation in Somalia. The Network was founded in 2004 and registered in 2009.

The Finnish Somalia Network is an expert organization which offers to its member organizations peer support, training and advice. Moreover, it carries on seminars, consultations and information services, and publishes activities related to its field. For example, the Network publishes an electronic, trilingual Afrikan Sarvi – Horn of Africa Journal, targeted at a wide audience. The Network also has a Facebook page. 

The Network, together with its member organizations, executes development projects in different sectors and areas in Somalia. It also aims to facilitate the work done by different
non-governmental organizations towards peace and development in Somalia.

Zimbabwe AIDS Orphans – supporting orphan children’s education and well-being

4,70 €

TYY has supported Zimbabwe AIDS Orphans Society as its sponsor project from December 2008. Zimbabwe AIDS Orphans Society supports the school-going and general well-being of 400 Zimbabwean orphans. The society manages children’s activity centre in Harare suburb in Dzivarasekwa.

As sponsors, we contribute to building a more just world, where children can go to school and have the opportunity to lead a good life. At the same time, we open a window on the everyday life of Zimbabwean children, and we can see at the grass-root level how our support creates permanent changes in the children’s lives.

More information on Zimbabwe AIDS Orphans Society on their own website.


TYY will direct 0.7 % of the budget for operating funds to development cooperation.

The 0.7 % funds will be targeted at continuous projects and projects that change regularly. When choosing the continuous projects, long-term duration and the preventive impact of the project are emphasised. Changing targets may emphasise different development cooperation themes and support, for example, new projects that cannot be chosen as the development cooperation projects supported in connection with TYY’s membership fee.

TYY's Development cooperation Wing suggests new 0.7 % projects to the Executive Board every spring. In 2020 chosen projects are FinnWID Naiset kehitystyössä ry and Swallows of Finland

You can read the plan of use of 0,7 % funds here.

The National Police Board of Finland has permitted the Student Union of the University of Turku to collect donations to the projects mentioned above. Collection licence number RA/2018/112, valid 1.5.2019-1.5.2021 in Finland (except Åland).