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Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Embassy of Finland, Pretoria: Development Cooperation: Regional cooperation


P.O.Box 443, Pretoria 0001, Republic of South Africa
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Regional cooperation

In Finland's Development Policy regional cooperation complements other channels of development assistance. The Southern African region is one of Finland's main partners in regional co-operation. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland has also an active role as an International Cooperating Partner to regional organizations such as SADC, NEPAD and other.  

Regional projects

Environment and natural resources

  • Energy and Environment Partnership Programme in Southern and East Africa, EEP-S&EA 2010–2017, 65 million EUR

Science, technology and innovation

  • Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme, SAIS 2010–2014, 6.1 million EUR
    SAIS Phase II, 2017-2021
  • The Finnish Southern Africa Partnership Programme to Stregthen NEPAD / SANBio Network BioFISA 2009–2011; 3 million. EUR
    BioFISA Phase II, 2015-2019

The Energy and Environment Partnership Programme in Southern and East Africa (EEP-S&EA) supports renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in 13 Southern and East African countries (Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia). More information can be found from the EEP Africa website.

The Regional innovation project (SAIS) will support the innovation centers in Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia. See the programme website here.

The Biosciences (BioFISA) project will support the biosciences-related product development and market introduction in the SADC countries. More information can be found from the SANBio's website.

Check our brochures below!

pdfBioFisa II Programme

pdfSAIS Phase II

 pdfEEP Brochure

pdfEEP Phase II

 pdfRegional Development Cooperation Brochure 2014

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