TYY has elected FinnWID - Women in Development Cooperation and Swallows of Finland (Pääskyt ry) as 0.7% targets of 2020. FinnWID is fighting against human trafficking in Nigeria, and Swallows of Finland has a development project to improve the food security and livelihood of local communities in Nepal.
Every year, TYY directs 0.7 per cent of its operating funds to development cooperation. This year, eight good applications for 0.7% were received, of which TYY's Executive Board selected Swallows of Finland and FinnWID - Women in Development Cooperation as TYY's 0.7% targets of 2020 on the proposal of the Development Cooperation Wing. The fulfilment of sustainable development goals, geographical distribution and the long-term nature of operations were emphasised in the selection process.
Swallows of Finland is a Finnish development cooperation organisation that has a development cooperation project started in 2019 in Nepal in cooperation with the Nepalese partner organization NAFAN. Nepal is one of the least developed countries in the world. "The three-year project, supported by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, is being implemented in the rural area of Raksirang, in a hilly area in central Nepal and will benefit about 1,150 households in 20 villages," says Executive Director Heli Janhunen from the Swallows of Finland.
Development cooperation reduces poverty and global inequality. Development cooperation is based on the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN in 2015. The 17 goals seek to promote sustainable development in terms of the economy, human well-being and the environment. The most important of the various criteria for development cooperation is poverty reduction, which is also taken into account when deciding on 0.7% funds. That is why we are trying to channel funds primarily to the least developed countries.