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 project by paying the donation when paying the Student Union fee. You can also use a normal bank transfer. Please use collection account FI48 5716 9020 0256 10 (tell which project you want to support). All money donated will go in full to the designated projects.

TYY Development Project in 20212022

Zambia Project 

The voluntary development cooperation donation for this year is 5€ or 10€. You can pay the fee together with the Student Union fee. This years development cooperation fees are directed to Huussi Ry.

Currently, only 26% of Zambians are covered by basic sanitation. The project will address the problems of poor sanitation and has the long-term goal of helping Zambia achieve full sanitation coverage by 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goal six. Poor sanitation, for example, increases the spread of disease and girls ’school attendance suffers during menstruation. Indeed, one of the aims of the project is to mainstream the inclusion of vulnerable groups, such as women and the disabled, in WASH issues (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene). In addition, the project will improve Zambia’s sanitation by building dry toilets, strengthen the capacity of local partners and civil society to influence sanitation issues, and raise awareness of WASH issues in society.

In addition to the actors in TYY's Development Cooperation Wing, all students of the University of Turku across faculty boundaries are welcome to participate in the project. No previous knowledge of development cooperation is needed and new ideas are always welcome!

In the project, the volunteers make communicative content, organise events and training and are in close contact with the actors of the Global Dry Toilet Association of Finland. From the academic year 2021–2022, students can donate to the project, for example in connection with the academic year registration. More detailed information about the donation will be updated during the spring of 2021.

You can read about the project on its web site

Finnish Somalia Network

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

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 2021 chosen projects are Liana ry and Global Dry Toilet Association 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/2021/62, valid from 1.2.2021- in Finland (except Åland).