The Embassy of Finland organized a workshop attempting to link social entrepreneurship with environmental and development initiatives.
The workshop that was held on May 14th 2014 at the Capital Hotel focused on how to promote the livelihoods of small scale producers to entrepreneurship where engaged parties would be accountable for their societies in terms of protecting the environment.
“The development cooperation of Finland to Ethiopia has focused on the bilateral programs in education, water and rural economic development according to the Country Strategy for 2013-2016 approved by the government of Finland. However, there have been different instruments for our cooperation and the Local Cooperation Fund (LCF) is an important one. The LCF has been a very important tool for supporting the Civil Society sector so that participation in the development of the country involves all actors,” Sirpa Mäenpää, Ambassador of Finland to Ethiopia stated during the opening of the workshop.
The Ambassador also stated that the embassy started organizing such workshops since 2007. “It has created a forum to meet one another for sharing experiences and resources. The presence of the Charities and Societies Agency since 2010 has also helped to clarify issues that could be an obstacle to the development process. It is my belief that this forum will also enable the Charities and Societies Agency and the government counterpart to hold talks on pertinent issues with a positive spirit to contribute to the development of Ethiopia,” she said.
According to a presentation by Janne Oksane, Head of Cooperation of Finland, the country concentrates on three sectors in Ethiopia; education through the Support to Teacher Development Program and Technical Assistance to Special Needs Education in Ethiopia, Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Program and Rural Economic Development through programs such as the Agro-Business Induced Growth in Amhara region (Agro-BIG) as well as Support to Land Administration (REILA).
“The progress of the country’s development results and on Finland’s objectives and specific objectives in Ethiopia are generally on track. In some specific objectives, including improved teaching and learning conditions in general education and improvement of rural land tenure security, the progress is rated as good. Donor coordination remained active and well coordinated,” he stated.
The Embassy in Addis Ababa was the first Finnish Embassy in Sub Saharan Africa and was opened in 1965. The development cooperation between Finland and Ethiopia started in 1967.