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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
    EEP Multi-Donor Trust Fund, 2018-ongoing, 28 million EUR (Finland's part is 15 million)

Science, technology and innovation

  • Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme, SAIS 2010–2014, 6.1 million EUR
    SAIS Phase II, 2017-2021, 8,7 million EUR
  • The Finnish Southern Africa Partnership Programme to Stregthen NEPAD / SANBio Network BioFISA 2009–2011; 3 million EUR
    BioFISA Phase II, 2015-2019, Phase II 6 million EUR

The Energy and Environment Partnership Programme in Southern and East Africa (EEP-S&EA) supports renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in 15 Southern and East African countries (Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe). More information can be found from the EEP Africa website.

Southern African Innovation Support (SAIS) Programme supports innovation centers in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia. See the programme website.

The Biosciences (BioFISA) Programme supports biosciences-related product development and market introduction in the SADC countries. See the SANBio website for more information.

Check our brochures below!

pdfBioFisa II Programme

pdfSAIS Phase II

 pdfEEP Brochure

pdfEEP Phase II

 pdfRegional Development Cooperation Brochure 2014

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